Sweeteners can be divided into two groups, i.e. intensive sweeteners and extensive sweeteners. Most research has been done on intensive sweeteners, such as aspartame, acesulfame k, sucralose and steviol glycosides from stevia. They hardly provide calories and have a higher sweetening power than table sugar. That is why only small amounts are required to have the same sweet taste. Extensive sweeteners have a sweetening power that is lower or equal to that of table sugar. Unlike intensive sweeteners they provide energy. They are found in many natural food products, which we consume every day, such as plums, apples and pears (sorbitol) , green vegetables (mannitol) and many other vegetables and fruits (Xylitol).
What is maltitol?
Maltitol is a polyol or sugar alcohol , it has 0,9 times the sweetening power of ordinary sugar (sucrose).
The substance doesn’t occur in nature, but can be made of malt sugar (maltose), for example from maize or wheat.
Maltitol is very closely related to sucrose, but the calorie value is lower (2.4 kcal / g). It is not cariogenic.
Benefits of Maltitol?
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What is Stevia?
Stevia is short for Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. It is a small green plant originating from the border area between Paraguay and Brazil. Its leaves contain stevioside, a strong sweetener that is up to 300 times sweeter tasting than ordinary sugar. The plant itself contains rebaudioside A, among other things, which is even sweeter than stevioside and has less of a bitter aftertaste.
Is Stevia safe?
Yes, research shows that sweeteners from Stevia are perfectly safe. Despite 10 years of research into potential downsides in quantities, no adverse effects are known of to date. On the contrary even, health benefits have been demonstrated with intake in higher quantities. These health benefits are believed to be associated with Stevioside.
Benefits of sweeteners from Stevia?
Why are we hearing about Stevia only now?
Stevia has actually been used for centuries as a natural sweetener in countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay. In Japan for instance Stevia is added to soft drinks as a healthy replacement for aspartame.
Due to the availability and the emergence of cheaper sugar and synthetic sweeteners, the effect of Stevia remained a well-kept secret in Europe.
In view of the socioeconomic importance of these sectors, over the past 10 years the politicians have reviewed the policy on sugar subsidies, resulting in refineries being closed. This has created a gap for Stevia and more specifically its sweeteners.