Sweetness is a universally pleasurable
experience and plays a key role for many people when choosing food and
drinks. One’s personal preferences for the sweet taste can be satisfied
with a number of caloric or low- and no-calorie sweeteners. Caloric
sweeteners include simple sugars like fructose and glucose, as well as
foods that naturally contain these sugars, such as honey and cane sugar.
For most people, foods and drinks which contain these sweeteners can
fit into a balanced lifestyle when consumed in healthy moderation.
Low- and no-calorie sweeteners are
typically a few hundred times sweeter than table sugar, so very small
portions of these need to be used to add sweetness to food and drinks.
The sweet taste of such sweeteners provides few, if any, calories,
making the foods and drinks that sweetened with them a good choice for
those looking to reduce caloric or carbohydrates intake. Since they do
not elevate blood sugar levels, Acesulfame K, Saccharin, Sucralose and
Aspartame are some of the low calorie artificial sweeteners often
included in “diet” foods and many foods marketed to diabetics. Such
sweeteners are tested and recognized as safe by the European Food Safety
Authority & the U.S. FDA.
SodaStream currently sweetens its
flavors with Sucralose, Acesulfame- K, Aspartame and Cyclamate, in
different combinations with each other, or combined with sugar,
depending on the specific flavor range. For those who prefer natural
alternatives to these sweeteners, SodaStream also offers all natural
flavor essences and various syrup ranges sweetened with just cane sugar,
fructose and Stevia.
One of the newest sweeteners on the
market that is gaining much attention is Stevia, an all-natural
sweetener derived from a plant that is native to South America and has a
long history of use. Stevia is up to 200 times sweeter than sugar, but
is calorie-free, so it’s a great option for those interested in
no-calorie sweeteners that are also natural and it is currently in use
in countries around the world. SodaStream’s new Naturals Light line of
syrups will be sweetened with a combination of stevia and cane sugar.
When it comes to sweeteners, there’s a
wide selection available to meet a variety of needs, whether they be
natural, caloric, or low or no calorie sweeteners. Whichever sweetener
you choose to satisfy your personal desire for sweet taste, remember to
consume it within a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle in order to
feel good about yourself.
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