The Sweetness Spectrum
Research suggests that consuming sweet foods can short-circuit your appetite’s wiring, making you crave more sugary foods. Here is your sweetness decoder:

August 19, 2014

Below, created by nutritionists Diana Stanczak and Megan Pentz-Kluyts with help from nutritionist Dr Kathleen Melanson, reveals which sweeteners and sugars pack the biggest punch.

Though it doesn’t taste sweet, lactose is still technically a sugar. It’s a combination of two sugar building blocks, 
glucose and galactose. Found in milk and dairy products.
0.16 times sweeter than sucrose

The same type that’s in blood sugar, 
glucose fuels your muscles and brain. It’s a simple sugar, meaning it’s a part 
of complex sugars, such as sucrose 
and HFCS. 
Found in sports drinks, honey and 
agave nectar.
0.75 times sweeter than sucrose

Sold as sucralose or yellow Canderel, it’s formulated from chlorine atoms that are substituted for hydrogen-oxygen groups in ordinary sugar. Found in many low-kilojoule desserts 
and beverages.
600 times sweeter than sucrose

You know this stuff as table sugar. It’s 
a 50-50 glucose-fructose combination and is usually derived from sugar cane or sugar beets. Found in a wide range of processed foods and beverages.
1 times sweeter than sucrose

This fructose-glucose syrup is derived from the same plant that yields tequila. It’s high in fructose, containing up to 90%. Agave is sweeter than sugar, 
so you can use less of it. 
Found in coffee as a sweetener.
1.6 times sweeter than sucrose

This natural blend of fructose and 
glucose is slightly sweeter than table sugar and is a better source of 
antioxidants and nutrients. Found in some granola bars, pretzels, honey-coated nuts and cereals.
1.5 times sweeter than sucrose

Sold as Equal or Candarel, low-kilojoule aspartame is made by combining two amino acids. Found in many sugar-free products, including diet sodas, some low-kilojoule yoghurts, fountain drinks, carbonated water, non-nutritive sweeteners (aspartame and acesulfame K), flavouring, preservatives (potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate), caffeine 
and anti-foam.
200 times sweeter than sucrose

A simple natural sugar found in fruit, fructose ranges from 1.2 to 1.75 on our sweetness scale, depending on the kind of fruit. Keep in mind that consuming fructose in fruit is best because you’re also getting water, fibre and a host of nutrients as nature intended. Found in fruits, as added fructose in some diabetic jams, energy drinks and other sugars like, table sugar, honey and agave nectar and Tantalize 
Liquid Sweetener.
1.4 times sweeter than sucrose

Natreen contains both saccharin and cyclamates, a concoction of sulphur and other complex chemicals. Found in fountain drinks, carbonated water, non-nutritive sweeteners 
(aspartame and acesulfame K), flavouring, preservatives (potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate), caffeine 
and anti-foam.
300 times sweeter than sucrose

Acesulfame K
Approved in 1998 by the FDA, the “K” in acesulfame-K refers to the mineral 
potassium, which is naturally found in our 
bodies. Studies show that 95% of the consumed sweetener basically ends up excreted in the urine because the body can’t break it down. Found as a coffee sweetener, in soft drinks and flavoured drinks.
200 times sweeter than sucrose

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