Food Sources of Added Sweeteners in the Diets Home News Industry News
Food Sources of Added Sweeteners in the Diets

A survey of  sweetener intakes was carried out in the winter of 1990 and summer of 1991 in Brazil. Data on the potential intake of the food sweeteners aspartame, cyclamate and saccharin were generated, based on a representative sample of 673 individuals who completed a questionnaire designed to collect information on demographic details and habitual usage of sweetener‐containing food and drinks. The respondents were randomly chosen among intense sweetener consumers living in the cities of Campinas, São Paulo and Curitiba, Paraná. Potential daily intakes by individuals were calculated for each sweetener by combining each persons consumption of sweetener‐containing food and beverages with information generated by the determination of the concentrations of the sweeteners used in these products. The data showed that 72% of the studied population consumed saccharin, 67% cyclamate and 40% aspartame. The main reasons alleged for the use of intense sweeteners were weight‐control diet (36%), diabetes (35%) and weight loss (23%). Table‐top sweeteners were the major source of sweeteners, followed by soft drinks. The median daily intake of aspartame, cyclamate and saccharin represented approximately 2.9, 15.5, and 16.4% of the corresponding ADI, respectively. Diabetics in general had a much higher intake within the studied population.

Statistical analyses Mean intakes of added sweeteners from all food sources and from specific food categories; percentage contribution of added sweeteners to total energy intake; and percentage contribution of each food category to total intake of added sweeteners. All analyses were conducted for the total sample and for 12 age-gender groups.


Results During 1994 to 1996, Americans aged 2 years and older consumed the equivalent of 82 g carbohydrate per day from added sweeteners, which accounted for 16% of total energy intake. In absolute terms, adolescent males consumed the most; as a percentage of energy, male and female adolescents had the highest intakes (averaging 20% of total energy from added sweeteners). The largest source of added sweeteners was regular soft drinks, which accounted for one third of intake. Other sources were table sugars, syrups, and sweets; sweetened grains; regular fruitades/drinks; and milk products.


Applications/conclusions Intakes of added food sweeteners exceed levels compatible with meeting current dietary recommendations. Knowing food sources of added sweeteners for the overall population and for specific age-gender groups can help dietitians provide appropriate nutrition education.




Contact Us

TEL: +86-21-50321522
Fax:  +86-21-51069122




Constantly strive towards: 

★ High quality products
★ Professional support
★ Total solution for food 
★ Reasonable price
★ Credible friendly cooperation


Fooding Next Exhibitions:

Exhibition: Fi Europe & Ni 2019
Place: Paris, France
Time: 3 - 5 Dec, 2019
Booth No.: 7P39