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CategoryBasic foodstuffs

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White sugar
A magnified view of sugar crystals
Brown sugar

A sweetener is a food additive which adds the basic taste of sweetness to a food; it may come from a natural source or it may be artificially manufactured.

Natural Sweeteners[edit | edit source]

Sugar[edit | edit source]

Liquid sweeteners[edit | edit source]

Artificial sweeteners[edit | edit source]

The list below includes the apparent sweetness of the sweetener, when compared to granulated sugar. This is for the chemical sweetener; commercially available preparations may be less sweet due to binders and fillers like dextrose.

  • acesulfame potassium (also known as Acesulfame-K or Ace-K) - 200x
  • alitame
  • aspartame - 160x (trademarked as Equal and Nutrasweet)
  • cyclamate (calcium cyclamate or sodium cyclamate) - 30x
  • Erythritol
  • glucitol / sorbitol
  • isomalt
  • saccharin (also spelled saccarine, saccarin, or saccharine) - 300x (Sweet'n Low)
  • stevia - 250x (also called Steviosides, or Sweetleaf. Marketed as a 'Dietary Supplement'. Truvia and PureVia are sweeteners partially derived from Stevia. )
  • sucralose (trademarked as Splenda or Splendar) - 600x
  • xylitol - 1x (gram for gram); 1.5x (joule for joule)