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Whether you´re cooking in your own home or reading the labels of foods in the store, learn more about the options you have for non-sugar sweeteners.

Amount Sugar Eaten a Year star
If you think you're not a candidate for a low carb / low sugar diet, look at the statistics. The average American eats a whopping 160 pounds of sugar and corn syrup each year - PLUS another 24 pounds of artificial sweeteners. That's just the average!

Aspartame Artificial Sweetener star
Aspartame is a commonly used artificial sweetener found in many food items. How healthy is it for you? Learn more about aspartame!

Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates and Sugar-Free Candies star
If you´ve been buying sugar free candies, you´re sure to have seen Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates on the ingredient lists. This corn product has 0g of sugar!

Is Saccharin / NutraSweet Safe? star
There are many artificial substances in our food system. Processed meats, processed macaroni treats, processed cereals for breakfast, you name it. People are always curious if these items - and the sweeteners used - are safe.

Is Splenda Bad for You? star
For any food item you could ingest there are people who feel it's fine to eat and others who feel you should avoid it at all costs. Splenda - an artificial sweetener also called Sucralose - is no exception.

Litesse and Polydextrose - Artificial Sweetener star
Litesse is an artificial sweetener used in Lindt chocolates and other products. It is also called polydextrose. Like Splenda, it is a product created from sugar, but only has 25% of the calories.

Low Carb Molasses / Brown Sugar star
If you're a low carber, you have a ton of options for finding no-calorie substitutes for sugar. What happens when you're trying to substitute for brown sugar or molasses?

methanol - methyl alcohol - and aspartame star
Methanol, also known as methyl alcohol, is a prime component of aspartame and nutrasweet. Just what is methanol, and how is it processed by your body?

Phenylketonuria, phenylalanine, PKU and aspartame star
Aspartame - also known as Nutrasweet - breaks down in the body to 50% phenylalanine. While phenylalanine is found in milk and bananas, many people are sensitive to this.

Saccharin in Food star
A visitor wrote me stating that NO saccharin has ever been used in any food or drink products. This is absolutely NOT true :). Here is a list of foods and beverages saccharin is found in.

Saccharine - Saccharin, Sweet 'n Low and Cancer star
Saccharin (often mis-typed as saccharine with an E) is an artifical sweetener that has been around for over 100 years. It is best known in the pink packet form of Sweet ´N Low. In 1977, the FDA required these carry a warning label about cancer.

Splenda Sucralose - an Atkins Sweetener star
If you´re watching your weight, Splenda is a name you´re going to love. This diet substance has extremely low calories and carbs, and tastes JUST like sugar!

Stevia - the Natural Sweetener star
With all the talk of artificial sweeteners on the market - including Splenda, Aspartame, Sucralose and more, where does Stevia fit in?

Sugar Alcohols - Maltitol, Sorbitol, Polyols star
Sugar alcohols are not actually sugars, nor are they alcohols. They are a type of carbohydrate that don´t fit neatly into any of the sub categories on a nutrition panel.

Xylitol - Artificial Sweetener star
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol substitute. This particular type of sugar alcohol comes from birch bark.

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