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by Ssregina Regina (2019-05-07)

No one doubts that there are TestMax Nutrition Review incentives for the adoption of natural sweeteners. Our sweet tooth has created an enormous market, but one with an equally great downside. More than 60% of adult Americans are overweight or obese; moreover, year-by-year the epidemic of weight gain seems to claim a growing percentage of younger individuals. Artificial sugar substitutes have capitalized on our love/hate relationship with all things sweet, yet many consumers feel at least vaguely uneasy about habitually ingesting saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame K or sucralose. Despite this unease, natural sweeteners as of yet have not been able to break out of comparatively tiny niche markets.Reasons for the failure of sales of natural sweeteners to expand fall under several headings. Some are simply regulatory. Stevia (extracted from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni), the best known of the natural would-be sugar substitutes, cannot meet certain FDA restrictions, such as the requirement that to be labeled a sweetener, a natural compound must also be a carbohydrate. Therefore, stevia must be labeled as a "supplement" and not as a sweetener or sugar substitute, limiting its applications. Quite a number of carbohydrate sugar substitutes exist, but, along with varying amounts of calories, most of these provide less sweetness than is found with sucrose, much to the consumer's chagrin. An example of this is tagatose, which is 90% as sweet as sucrose and has 1.5 calories per gram. Sugar alcohols would appear to be better candidates. Indeed, one well known sugar alcohol, xylitol, is roughly as sweet as sucrose. It also offers the advantages of protecting against tooth decay while supplying 2.4 calories per gram. However, sugar alcohols can have a laxative effect in many individuals when ingested in significant quantities at one time.