sugar substitute
Last Updated : Sep 19,2021

What is artificial sweetener, sugar substitute? Glossary, Uses, Benefits, Recipes
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Artificial sweetener

What is artificial sweetener, sugar substitute?

Sugar substitute is a food additive that duplicates the effect of sugar in taste, but usually has less calories. Some sugar substitutes are natural and some are synthetic. The latter are usually referred to as artificial sweeteners.

Artificial sweeteners are commonly used in the so-called diet or light soft drinks.

How to Select Sugar Substitute
• Artificial sweeteners are easily available at supermarkets and medical stores.
• Adhere strictly to your doctor's prescription if taking artificial sweeteners for a specific purpose.
• Read the label thoroughly and then purchase accordingly.

Culinary uses of artificial sweetener, sugar substitute

• Artificial sweetener is a convenient low-cal alternative to sugar though it should be used with caution. 

Indian sweets using sugar substitute

Indian sweets can be healthy and enjoyed by everyone. Here are amazing recipes, which are as good as sugar added sweets.

1.      Angoori Rabri the traditional way, is a time-consuming affair as the milk is simmered on a low flame for a long time to thicken and get its desired texture.

2.      Pineapple Sheera fresh pineapple puree perks up the flavour, however you need to cook it with sugar to get the real flavour.

3.      Paneer Kheer replacing traditional sweeteners with sugar substitute, and by doing away with unhealthy thickeners, we ward off those unnecessary carbohydrates and calories too.

4.      Chocolate Sandesh a treat everybody can indulge in! This healthy twist is achieved by replacing high-fat dairy products with low-fat paneer, which not only retains the texture and flavour of authentic Sandesh.

5.      Mixed Fruit Shrikhand delectable Mixed Fruit Shrikhand keeps the fat in check by using low-fat curds and replacing sugar with sugar substitute.

6.      Ragi Sheera truly overflows with calcium, and that too at a low calorie count. Indeed, what a wonderful way to satiate your sweet tooth.

• It can be added to your morning cup of tea as well as coffee.
• Sugar substitute can be inculcated in any food where you want a sweet flavour.
• It blends well in cakes, drinks, sweet dishes as well as milkshakes.

How to Store Sugar Substitute
• Keep away from moisture, preferably in the container it came packed in.
• Check the manufacturing and expiry dates before buying.

Health Benefits of artificial sweetener, sugar substitute
• Sugar substitutes are often used by diabetics and those trying to lose weight. With much fewer calories, such sweeteners allow them to eat the same foods they normally would, while allowing them to lose weight and avoid other problems associated with excessive caloric intake.
• Some sugar substitutes do release energy, but are metabolized more slowly, allowing blood sugar levels to remain more stable over time. This is beneficial for diabetics.
• Sugar substitutes are tooth-friendly, as they are not fermented by the micro flora of the dental plaque.
• However, sugar substitutes, especially synthetic ones must be used with discretion.
• They must be avoided by pregnant women.

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