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Sugar substitute: Artificial sweeteners change the sense of taste


Sweeteners change the taste: when the fruit is not sweet enough for children
Artificial sweeteners have a high sweetening power and hardly any calories. Therefore Saccharin & Co. can help with weight control. There is also evidence that replacing sugar with sweeteners can help you lose weight.

In the long term, however, and for people who don't want to lose weight, regular consumption of artificially sweetened products is not recommended. Because the intake of sweeteners changes taste perception, explains Susan Jebb, professor of nutrition and health at Oxford University in England. Webb spoke in a panel discussion at the "Cheltenham Science Festival" for careful handling of artificial sweeteners in the diet.

Children in particular quickly get used to the extreme sweetness of calorie-reduced drinks, sweets and desserts. Over time, the craving for sweet food increases. The natural sweetness of fruit is no longer perceived, which can lead to reduced consumption of fresh fruit. "Young children like to eat fruit with plain yogurt until they have tried a yoghurt sweetened with sugar or sweetener," Jebb gives an example. If the diet is changed, the palate regains a healthy taste sensation.
Sweeteners have a sweetening power 30 to 13,000 times higher than table sugar and hardly any calories. They are considered food additives and therefore have an E number. In the food industry, use is limited to certain products and is prohibited, for example, for baby food. Heike Kreuz, aid

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