Intense sweeteners are many times sweeter than sugar which means they can be used in much smaller amounts. They are classed as food additives and added to foods to replace sugar to provide low or lower energy/kilojoule foods or foods that are reduced in sugar or sugar-free.
Some intense sweeteners occur naturally in some plants and can be extracted to produce a highly concentrated extract. Examples are steviol glycosides extracted from the South American plant
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni (stevia) and monk fruit extract (also called luo han guo extract) which is derived from the fruit of a perennial vine native to southern China.
How are intense sweeteners assessed for safety?
We conduct a thorough
safety assessment of all food additives, including intense sweeteners, before they are approved for use in food. We ensure that:
Find out how we ensure the safety of food additives.
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Monk fruit extract
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