6 FDA-Approved Sugar Substitutes

Sweet and low saccharin

Artificial sweeteners are not as new as you might think. They date back to the 19th Century when saccharin was first discovered accidentally in 1879 by scientists doing an unrelated experiment. Since then, there has been debate across decades over the safety of artificial sweeteners.

Fast forward and today many in the medical community – armed with an increasing body of research – remain concerned about the safety of sugar substitutes and their potentially serious impact on our health. But with no long-term studies proving them unsafe, the FDA continues to approve six sugar substitutes for use as food additives. They are:

  • Acesulfame potassium (Ace-K)
  • Advantame
  • Aspartame (also known as Equal and Nutrasweet)
  • Neotame (also known as Newtame)
  • Sacchrin (also known as Sweet and Low)
  • Sucralose (also known as Splenda)

    Sugar substitutes are not just in diet, lite, low-cal and no-cal foods. They’re hiding in processed and pre-prepared foods, too. Start looking on labels and reach for natural foods whenever you can. You can find out more information on FDA-approved artificial sweeteners here.


























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