What are artificial sweeteners?

Artificial sweeteners are substitutes for sugar and sugar alcohols, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Artificial sweeteners are also known as sugar substitutes, noncaloric sweeteners and nonnutritive sweeteners.

These sweeteners, according to the NIH, are used to:

  • aid in blood sugar control
  • help with weight loss by adding sweetness to food and drinks without adding calories
  • prevent tooth decay

Talk to your doctor for more information about artificial sweeteners.

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