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Facts About Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Facts about low calorie sweeteners such as Stevia/Rebaudioside A

Everyday, millions of Americans choose low-calorie sweeteners and products made with low-calorie sweeteners. Among the many benefits they offer, low-cal sweeteners allow your clients to enjoy sweet foods and beverages while cutting calories, managing carbohydrate intake and reducing added sugars.

With the introduction of stevia sweeteners to grocery shelves in recent years and, now, sweeteners made with monk fruit, Americans have reason to celebrate: The benefits of low-calorie sweeteners can now be enjoyed 100% naturally!

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History & Safety

Extensive testing is required before any ingredient to commercial foods and beverages is deemed safe and allowed in the U.S. food supply. Safety, per the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is assessed as "a reasonable certainty in the minds of competent scientists that the substance is not harmful under the intended conditions of use."

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According to the FDA:

Food and color additives are strictly studied, regulated and monitored. Federal regulations require evidence that each substance is safe at its intended level of use before it may be added to foods. Furthermore, all additives are subject to ongoing safety review as scientific understanding and methods of testing continue to improve. Consumers should feel safe about the foods they eat.

All low-calorie sweeteners currently available in the U.S. have been approved for use in commercial foods. The two regulatory paths for approved use include:

  • FDA approval for use as a Food Additive. This process is detailed in the "Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act" and requires premarket approval.
  • FDA review of additives generally recognized as safe (GRAS). According to FDA, foods included in this category are generally recognized by experts as safe, "based on their extensive history of use in food before 1958 or based on published scientific evidence." This process does not require premarket FDA approval. Among the many GRAS substances are common ingredients that we use every day like salt and sugar, and the low-calorie sweeteners Stevia/Rebaudioside A and Luo Han fruit concentrate, or monk fruit.

For more information on the regulatory process for approving food ingredients, please visit FDA.

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Approved Sweeteners

The low calorie sweeteners currently available in the U.S. include:

  • Aspartame - roughly 200 times sweeter than sugar (found in Equal®, NutraSweet®, NatraTaste Blue®)
  • Acesulfame potassium (Ace-K) - roughly 200 times sweeter than sugar (found in Sunett ®, Sweet One®)
  • Saccharin - - roughly 300 times sweeter than sugar (found in Sweet'N Low®)
  • Stevia/Rebaudioside A - roughly 2-300 times sweeter than sugar (found in Stevia In The Raw®, Purevia®, Truvia®)
  • Sucralose - - roughly 600 times sweeter than sugar (found in Splenda®, NatraTaste Gold®)
  • Neotame - roughly 7000 times sweeter than sugar
  • Monk Fruit –roughly 300 times sweeter than sugar (found in Monk Fruit In The Raw® , Nectresse ™ )

For more information on the various low-calorie sweeteners available today, please visit the Calorie Control Council.

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What The Experts Say

The health benefits and safety of low-calorie sweeteners are widely supported by the health professional community:

"Nonnutritive sweeteners approved by the FDA are safe to consume by all people with diabetes."
- American Diabetes Association
"Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There is no clear evidence that the artificial sweeteners available commercially in the United States are associated with cancer risk in humans."
- National Cancer Institute

Additional support for low-calorie sweeteners:

Client Q & A

Why is the product called "In The Raw"?

Stevia In The Raw® is a 100% natural sweetener and a member of our all- natural family of In The Raw™ products. Made from the naturally sweet leaves of the stevia plant, it does not use additional ingredients to alter the innately delicious flavor of the stevia extract. Stevia In The Raw also has the highest Reb-A content of the branded stevia sweeteners available today. Stevia In The Raw’s purity and wholesomeness make it the perfect alternative to caloric sweeteners like refined white sugar.

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