Artificial sweeteners, or sugar substitutes, are popular as more people aim to maintain a healthy weight or reduce sugar consumption without compromising the flavour of food and drinks. One of the oldest and most commonly used artificial sweeteners is aspartame, an artificial non-saccharide sweetener that comes in the form of a white, odourless powder. It is about 200 times sweeter than sugar, so just a very small amount is needed for flavour. IMU School of Health Sciences Nutrition and Dietetics Division Senior Lecturer, Dr Harvinder Kaur and two other dietitians speak on this issue.
Find out more about this at Too Sweet To Be True (New Straits Times, 3 January 2023).
Online version: Sugar Replacements – Too Sweet To Be True