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Sugar and Sweeteners

Sugar substitutes – Stevia, Erythritol and Xylitol in different forms

There’s no shortage of products claiming they’re sugar free to try to appeal to health-conscious consumers.

But check out the ingredient list and you can find a number of intense sweeteners (artificial and natural in origin).

These have a sweetness many times that of sugar…but are they safe?

This excellent article by Belinda Castles for Consumer magazine looks at:

  • What’s the issue?
  • Better health?
  • Cutting back
  • Types of sweeteners
  • Compare sweeteners
  • How much is too much
  • Six ways to cut sugar

Belinda’s article also draws on the expertise of Dietitian Helen Gibbs and New Zealand Dental Association sugary drinks spokesperson Dr Rob Beaglehole to discuss concerns regarding dental health.

More information is also available from:

The Ministry of Primary Industries  looks at:

  • Why sweeteners are used?  and the foods that contain them
  • Safety issues
  • People who need to limit their use
  • How sweet are regulations in NZ>
  • The science and research into their use
  • Label reading
  • Reports and studies

So while we are all being encouraged to reduce our sugar intake there is still much to learn about alternative sweeteners and I agree with Dietitian Helen Gibbs, cutting back on sugar and retraining our taste sensations to appreciate the natural freshness of foods, without extra sugar, will probably in the long-term improve our health the most.

If you are interested in checking out the types of sugars in your diet and overall carbohydrate intake and needs then contact me today

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