Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a candy bar? Chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla; all pretty normal, and familiar, things. But near the end of the list you can usually find something called soy lecithin. What is it, why is it in our food, and is it harmful to us? These are all […]

Thaumatin is a natural non-nutritive sweetener, but does not currently have use in the United States and is not listed as one of the six non-nutritive sweeteners approved by the FDA. The name thaumatin is derived from the katemfe plant – having the scientific name of Thaumatococcus danielli – which is found in western Africa. The […]

Stevia (STEE-vee-uh) is one of six non-nutritive sweeteners – the only natural non-nutritive sweetener – approved by the FDA. The name stevia is derived from an herb, the stevia rebaudiana shrub native to Paraguay and Brazil. Out of the six approved non-nutritive sweeteners – the others being saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, and neotame – […]

Neohesperidin dihydrochalcone – also known as Neohesperidin DHC, Neo-DHC, & NHDC – is a non-nutritive sweetener and artificial sweetener approved for use in the European Union, but not approved by the FDA – meaning it can’t be used in the United States. The E number – which is used in the EU – is E959. The name […]

Alitame is a non-nutritive sweetener and artificial sweetener approved for use in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, China, & the EU, but does not have FDA approval – meaning it can’t be used in the United States. The name alitame comes from its chemical formula, which includes a “dipeptide of L-aspartic acid and D-alanine, with a […]

Neotame is one of six non-nutritive sweeteners and one of five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA. Neotame derives its name from its molecular formula, a combination of a 6-carbon neohexyl group to the amine nitrogen of aspartame. This molecular combination gives neotame better stability over aspartame, with enough heat stability to be used in baking […]

Sucralose is currently one of six non-nutritive sweeteners and one of five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA as well as the only one derived from sugar. Sucralose derives its name from sucrose, where it includes the chemical substitution of three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl (hydrogen-oxygen) groups. [1] This chemical manipulation gives sucralose greater […]