Monday, August 17, 2009


Those with sugar compromised disorders like diabetes depend on sugar substitutes for sweetening their foods which include saccharine, aspartame, sucralose, stevia glycosides etc. The safety of these substitutes on a long term consumption basis has always been an issue on which there has never been any unity. Though their consumption has been approved in many countries with maximum permitted levels being fixed, consumers are never at ease because of frequent stray reports of scary nature. A recent report from Italy as quoted below, may help to some extent, to allay such fears.

"Regular intakes of artificial sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame do not increase the risk of certain cancers, like stomach and pancreatic, suggests a new study from Italy".

Aspartame has established itself as the second most frequently used sweeteners after saccharine and is being challenged by other synthetic sweeteners being developed and promoted. Its alleged link to cancer by some reports does affect its acceptability to some extent. The study above probably will put to rest such doubts regarding its safety. In many processed foods Aspartame is the preferred choice because of its stability and sweetness intensity. Global market for this sweetener currently is estimated at $1.83 billion

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