I’ve kinda ignored what I spent 5 solid years studying in school. I remember all the swotting to become a qualified food technologist. Well, I’ve not forgotten my roots so once I a while, I’ll take you down the interesting maze of food science and technology.
So cupcakes today we are going to talk about artificial sweeteners. What are they? What are they used for? Are they better than natural sweeteners? Oya fasten your seat belts as we go on this maiden flight into our food world.
Artificial sweeteners are food additives and while some are gotten from natural sources, some are alcoholic derivatives of sugar obtained by chemical reduction of sugar to alcohol and they duplicate the effect of sugar in taste, usually with less food energy (calories)
Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages marketed as “sugar free” or “diet” including soft drinks, chewing gum, baked goods, confectioneries etc.
The examples of these artificial sweeteners include stevia (erythritol), aspartame, saccharin (lactitol), splenda (mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol) etc
These artificial sweeteners have been said to be carcinogenic even though some researchers say that there is no scientific evidence that approved artificial sweeteners can cause cancer or other serious health problems but prevention is better than cure.
You see, the truth is sugar substitutes are calories free so they tend to mask calories present in the food or drink (i.e. the calorific value of the actual class of food and not sweetening agent).
Aspartame has also been said to cause hallucinations, brain tumour etc as it is broken down to form formaldehyde, the short term effects also include bloating and diarrhoea that is why sometimes when you eat orbit chewing gum for long, you’ll have diarrhoea, so cupcakes, instead of going the lane of artificial sweeteners, turn to natural sweeteners such as honey, molasses, date syrup and remember that Sugar free doesn’t always mean diet friendly.
In other news, today is the birthday of one of my loyal but anonymous readers, doctor Bobby. Today I'll confess; he is one of the few people I've stalked consistently on the Internet and my joy knew no bound when he started visiting. Sweetheart I wish you all the best thing life has to offer and I pray all your wishes will come true. You'll be a shinning star among your peers..
Am sending dozens of fresh red roses you way.
Happy birthday sugar.