by Joyce Hung

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miraculin, sugar, sweetener, tagatose, xylitol

DailyDirt: The Quest For The Perfect Sugar Substitute

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

There's nothing like the taste of real sugar, but since people want to be able to indulge in sweet things without having to worry about the calories, there's a huge market for sugar substitutes. There's no shortage of choices -- stevia, aspartame, sucralose, sorbitol, acesulfame potassium, saccharin, etc. -- some are natural, while others are artificial. However, sugar substitutes tend to leave a weird aftertaste, or they may have undesirable gastrointestinal side effects. There is also some concern that artificial sweeteners may pose health risks. Since no sugar substitute is perfect, the search continues... Here are a few interesting links about sugar alternatives. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.

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