Monthly Archives: May 2012

Stevia

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Acesulfame potassium

Acesulfame potassium, also known as Acesulfame K or Ace-K, is one of six non-nutritive sweeteners and one of five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA. The name is derived from its components acetoacetic acid and potassium, which forms a highly stable and crystalline compound similar to saccharin. Unlike aspartame, which may break down at a particular […]

Aspartame

Aspartame is one of six non-nutritive sweeteners and one of five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA. The name is derived from aspartic acid, one of 2 amino acids – the other being phenylalanine – that aspartame is mostly composed of. It is the third oldest known sugar substitute – saccharin and cyclamate before it – dating back to its […]