Sweeteners: A Brief Introduction
Sweetness is the most addictive of the five taste sensations. As implied, sweeteners are additives used in food to increase the intensity of the sweet taste sensation. I had written on natural sugar - the most common food sweeteners in my earlier post.
In addition to sugar, several sweeteners are approved in food by the Singapore Food Agency1. I would group them into natural and artificial sweeteners. Natural sweeteners are derived from nature, while men manufacture artificial ones. I bet you have seen some of them on the food labels but do not know that they are added as sweeteners.
Table showing the Singapore Food Agency approved sweeteners*
|Natural Sweeteners||Artificial Sweeteners|
Alcohol sugars - Erythritol, Lactitol, Maltitol, and Xylitol
|Steviol glycosides or stevia||Aspartame|
|Sucrose or common sugar||Cyclamates|
* Refer to the Singapore Food Regulations for the approved usage.
Posted on 25 June 2021