Sweeeet! The skinny on sugar substitutes – Millions of people use artificial sweeteners, but are they safe? It’s complicated. Five artificial sweeteners are currently available in the United States (and several more in other countries).
- Saccharin, the oldest artificial sweetener, was first produced in 1879. It’s sold as Sweet’N Low in the United States.
- Aspartame, which is marketed as NutraSweet or Equal was discovered in 1965 by James M. Schlatter, and first produced more than 40 years ago – 1970s
- Lead acetate (historic)
- calorie – The amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 °C. It is typically used as a measurement of the energy contained in some defined amount of food.
- chemical – A substance formed from two or more atoms that unite (become bonded together) in a fixed proportion and structure. For example, water is a chemical made of two hydrogen atoms bonded to one oxygen atom. Its chemical symbol is H2O.
- saccharin – A no-calorie sugar substitute.
Challenges for you to work on…
- What’s the right weight for me? – the best weight for you is one that is right for your individual body type and size. Determine what’s right for you. Follow some of the links to find healthy eating choices. If you need to make a change, make a plan to reach your goal.
- Sweetener word find
- Artificial sweeteners pollute streams – People excrete much of their foods’ fake sugar, which can end up bathing fish and other aquatic life.