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There’s A New Sweetener In Town!

Salt (800x533)Move over, sugar – you’ve got even more competition! Many Americans choose to use sugar substitutes because they add few or no calories to food and most don’t raise blood sugar levels. Recently, the FDA extensively reviewed data from 37 animal and human studies before approving a new sugar substitute called advantame. Advantame – which doesn’t yet have a brand name – has been approved for use in foods except meat and poultry. It is a white crystalline powder that is stable at higher temperatures, so it can be used both as a tabletop sweetener and in cooking. Although advantame is chemically related to aspartame (Equal), it is much sweeter so it takes a very small amount to reach the same level of sweetness. Because it is such a high-intensity sweetener, foods containing advantame are not required to bear the sticker warning for people who have phenylalanine, or PKU. The approval of advantame brings the total of FDA-approved sugar substitutes to 6: Neotame (Newtame), Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low), Aspartame (Equal), Acesulfame potassium (Sweet One) and Sucralose (Splenda). Certain individuals may still have a sensitivity or adverse reaction to any food substance. Consumers should always share with their doctor about any negative food reactions that they experience.

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