Sweeteners by Color

Which one to use? We have a selection of (sweeteners) here at work to choose from for my oatmeal or whatever. I went and found online a breakdown of what eat is and some interesting info on them. I have used each of them. I cannot say there is a (big) difference to me. But in all honesty, I reach for the pink one most of the time. (prob because it is my favorite color). Which one do you like best to use?

Low-calorie sweeteners are used in thousands of foods and beverages and are so popular with consumers that individual packets, used for coffee and tea and to sprinkle over cereal, are best-known by their packet colors: pink, blue, yellow and now, with the addition of Stevia, green. While some sweeteners are described as slightly metallic and others as more sweet-tasting, it really depends on your taste buds when it comes to picking a favorite.

Aspartame

Brand names: Equal, NutraSweet, NatraTaste

*Color of the packets: Blue

How many times sweeter than sugar? 160-220

Who should not use the product? People with a rare hereditary condition called phenylketonuria (PKU) cannot metabolize phenylalanine (an amino acid in aspartame). They should keep track of the amount of aspartame they are consuming.

**FDA history: Approved for use in foods in 1981, beverages in 1983 and, in 1996, as a general-purpose sweetener

Can you cook and bake with it? Aspartame loses sweetness with prolonged exposure to high temperatures and over an extended time in liquids. However, it can be added successfully to recipes, and an encapsulated form is available for commercial baking.

How many packets to get the same sweetness as sugar? One packet equals two teaspoons of sugar.

Calories per packet: Zero. There are four calories per gram of aspartame, but the amount used for sweetening is much less, making calories negligible.

Saccharin

Brand names: Sweet’N Low

*Color of the packets: Pink

How many times sweeter than sugar? 200-700 Who should not use the product? No restrictions

**FDA history: First produced in 1878 and used as a sweetener throughout World Wars I and II, saccharin has been the subject of investigations and proposed bans. Two decades ago, the FDA withdrew a proposal to ban its use.

Can you cook and bake with it? Yes, but check manufacturer’s website for recipes, which often adjust cooking times and add sugar and other bulking agents.

How many packets to get the same sweetness as sugar? One packet equals two teaspoons of sugar.

Calories per packet: Zero

Sucralose

Brand name: Splenda

*Color of the packets: Yellow

How many times sweeter than sugar? 600

Who should not use the product? No restrictions

**FDA history: In 1999, approved for all food and beverage categories as a general-purpose sweetener

Can you cook and bake with it? Yes, but check manufacturer’s website for recipes, which often adjust cooking times and add sugar and other bulking agents to recipes.

How many packets to get the same sweetness as sugar? One packet equals two teaspoons of sugar.

Calories per packet: Zero

  • *While pink, blue, yellow and green traditionally denote sweetener type, consumers should read the ingredient label. Some green packets are actually stevia and sucrose (Sun Crystals) or xylitol and sucralose (Ideal). The latter also has a leaf logo that people can easily assume is stevia.
  • **FDA approved as a safe product for consumption.
  • ***Products available on a single day at a large grocery store in the Midwest were priced. Store brands are often less expensive than name-brand sweeteners.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-11/health/sc-health-0511-whats-the-difference-s20110511_1_general-purpose-sweetener-artificial-sweeteners-aspartame

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