What are synthetic drinks

Alternative sweeteners: Synthetic sweeteners

Synthetic sweeteners have long been known to people with diabetes - compared to natural sugar, they offer diabetics a good alternative so that they do not have to forego the sweetness of sugar in their diet. The sweet additives have little or no effect on the insulin and blood sugar levels in the body. At the same time the artificially produced sugar substitutes improve the taste quality of sugar-free foods. Artificial sweeteners are found in a great many foods these days; Most people consciously or unconsciously include this food additive in their diet. All sweeteners, whether synthetic or natural, can be divided into units of sweetness. In this classification, conventional household sugar serves as the starting point with a sweetness of one unit. You can find out from us which sweeteners are available and what their advantages and disadvantages are.

Acesulfame

Acesulfame has a sweetening power 200 times that of conventional table sugar and tastes even sweeter in combination with other sweeteners. You can perceive this sweetness very quickly, but it also fades away very quickly. Acesulfame is a calorie-free sweetener and is conveniently not absorbed by the body, which is why it is also considered safe. You take in acesulfame through non-alcoholic beer, ice cream, low-calorie drinks or sweets, among other things.

Advantage

With a sweetening power of 37,000 units, Advantam is on the top of synthetically produced sweeteners, which means that it is 37,000 times sweeter than conventional table sugar. Advantam not only sweetens food and drinks at the same time, it also intensifies aromas. With this very high sweetening power, even small amounts of Advantam are sufficient to give foods their typical sweetness.

Aspartame

The peculiarity of aspartame lies in its composition. The substance is chemically structured in such a way that it can be broken down like protein in the body. The recommended daily amount of aspartame is around 40 milligrams per cliogram of body weight. You should use a different sweetener for baking or cooking - aspartame is not heat-resistant and therefore loses its taste if the heat is too high. Despite some concerns, aspartame was rated safe for the general population in 2013. There is one exception, however - people with phenylketonuria should not take Apsartam.

Cyclamate

Cyclamate has the lowest sweetness strength of all synthetic sweeteners - this is why it is often combined with other sweeteners. Precisely because it is so heat-stable, you can often find cyclamate in pastries or other desserts. Since only a few people have bacteria in their intestinal flora that can convert cyclamate, most people do not metabolize it. This means that you get this sugar through your food, but it will not affect the body's own insulin level, so your blood sugar level will remain low.

Neohesperidin

Neohesperidin can suppress bitter taste notes and is therefore used in medicinal products to change the actual taste of the medicine and to make it easier to take. This sweetener is also used in a wide variety of snacks and snacks. The recommended daily amount is 5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

Neotame

This sweetener has a special feature: according to clinical studies, neotame should not have any influence on the insulin level in the blood. This is why it is popular as an alternative sweetener, especially with diabetics, if the maximum amount is adhered to.

Saccharin

Saccharin is the oldest industrially produced sweetener and sometimes also has the greatest sweetening power. It is not absorbed by the body, but excreted directly, which is why it is often found in food for diabetics. You can also absorb it through a variety of low-calorie foods and drinks.

Sucralose

Sucralose is also a sweetener that neither has calories nor can the body absorb. Due to its enormous and long-lasting sweetening power, it is found in many foods and beverages - but studies should prove that sucralose promotes appetite. Nevertheless, this artificial sugar was classified as harmless and approved in Germany in 2005.

Thaumatin

Thaumatin is characterized by a very long-lasting sweetening power. The sweetener is not absorbed by the body, but excreted in its entire form. When taking in you can notice a light liquorice aroma. It is not suitable for baking or cooking as it loses its sweetness when it is hot. A daily recommendation has not yet been set.