CategoryBasic foodstuffs

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White sugar
A magnified view of sugar crystals
Brown sugar

A sweetener is a food additive which adds the basic taste of sweetness to a food; it may come from a natural source or it may be artificially manufactured.

Natural Sweeteners edit

Sugar edit

Liquid sweeteners edit

Artificial sweeteners edit

The list below includes the apparent sweetness of the sweetener, when compared to granulated sugar. This is for the chemical sweetener; commercially available preparations may be less sweet due to binders and fillers like dextrose.

  • acesulfame potassium (also known as Acesulfame-K or Ace-K) - 200x
  • alitame
  • aspartame - 160x (trademarked as Equal and Nutrasweet)
  • cyclamate (calcium cyclamate or sodium cyclamate) - 30x
  • Erythritol
  • glucitol / sorbitol
  • isomalt
  • saccharin (also spelled saccarine, saccarin, or saccharine) - 300x (Sweet'n Low)
  • stevia - 250x (also called Steviosides, or Sweetleaf. Marketed as a 'Dietary Supplement'. Truvia and PureVia are sweeteners partially derived from Stevia. )
  • sucralose (trademarked as Splenda or Splendar) - 600x
  • xylitol - 1x (gram for gram); 1.5x (joule for joule)