Sweeteners have become popular as an alternative to sugar as a means of obtaining better control of carbohydrate intake a blood glucose levels. Aspartamine for instance has 200 times the sweetening power of sucrose.A survey in the USA in 2007 showed that 85% of the population use sweeteners, and of those that don’t use them 38% don’t like the taste and 8-11% of them don’t use them because of health concerns. Acceptable daily intakes of the currently available sweeteners are acesulphame potassium 15mg/kg/day, aspartamine 50mg/kg/day, neotame 18mg/kg/day, saccharin 12mg/kg/day, stevia 5mg/kg/day and sucralose. These are considered to be the maximal amounts safe for daily consumption over an individual’s lifetime based on animal toxicology studies. To achieve these levels would take considerable effort, and hence most people will never get up to these sorts of levels. There has been concerns regarding some of the sweeteners in humans, but these have not been born out in studies.
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