What are Artificial Sweeteners? What is the Backround of Them?

Have you ever sat down in a restaurant and wondered what all those colorful packets were? Or have you simply played with them because they came in all different kinds of packets. You probably never really gave thought to these colorful packets that you always play with, but what are they? These “things” are called Artificial Sweeteners!

Sugar can be converted into many different forms (Artificial Sweeteners) and each form has its own story.  

To start off Artificial Sweeteners are also called sugar substitutes and are used instead of sucrose. They are regulated by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. These sugars can be much sweeter than regular sugars and are used in our foods and beverages thus, less of it is needed. What though are the names of different Artificial Sweeteners that we eat?

Around the world many people rely on Artificial Sweeteners for their everyday life. There are five main sweeteners that I am going to introduce in this blog.

 One type is called Sucralose or also known as Splenda. It was approved by the FDA in 1988; it is used as an everyday table sweetener. Splenda was developed in London when a chemist got the words “testing” and “tasting” mixed up. It was first marketed in Canada in 1991.

Another type of Sweetener is Saccharin. This sweetener has been led to the cause of bladder cancer and is banded in Canada, but ok in the U.S. Saccharin was discovered when a chemist spilled the chemical on his hands and because of his low hygiene levels never washed his hands. When at supper he licked them and tasted the sweetness.  

Aspartame is an Artificial Sweetener that was approved by the FDA in 1981. Some trade names of this sweetener are NutraSweet and Equal. This sweetener was discovered in much the same way; a chemist who spilled chemicals on his hands!

You might have not heard of the next sweetener: Acesulfame Potassium. In 1988 the FDA approved this sweetener for specific foods and beverages. Then in 2002 it was declared an all purpose sweetener.

The last sweetener is Neotame, a general purpose sweetener approved by the FDA in 2002.

All of these sweeteners have some things in common. They all were found in lab by pure accidents and spills. Also they all are much sweeter than regular sugar. People use Artificial Sweeteners because it is thought that if you use less of these artificial then it will be the same as using more sugars. Well in some cases this might be true but also remember some sweeteners are chemicals and may not be healthy!    

Works Cited

“Artificial Sweeteners: A History.” Vickeyk.hubpages.com. HubPages Health, n.d. Web. 7 February 2012.  

“Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer.” Cancer.gov. National Cancer Institute, n.d. Web. 6 February 2012.

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3 thoughts on “What are Artificial Sweeteners? What is the Backround of Them?

  1. I though you did a pretty good job of explaining how different sweeteners were discovered. However, you could’ve made your blog a bit better by giving more facts about each sweetener and telling what the sweeteners are used in. Overall you blog was pretty good.

  2. I learned a little about all these artificial sweeteners, but it felt like you didn’t really go into that much detail. Adding a little bit more of information could have really made this article great. It was still pretty good though.

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