Who Cares What This Kids Tea is Sweetened With…

Who Cares What This Kids Tea is Sweetened With…

Drazil – which is lizard spelled backwards – is a young company trying to differentiate itself in a very competitive beverage market. It sells iced tea targeted at kids: unlike other brands, Drazil does not use sugar as a sweetener. … Continue reading

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Meet Advantame, Yet Another Artificial Sweetener Approved by the FDA

Meet Advantame, Yet Another Artificial Sweetener Approved by the FDA

The FDA has recently approved its sixth artificial sweetener – Advantame. This is a super-sweetener, at almost 20,000 times sweeter than table sugar. For comparison, aspartame is only 200 times sweeter than sugar, and sucralose is 600 times sweeter. Advantame … Continue reading

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Sugar Alcohols – 10 Things You Need to Know

Sugar Alcohols – 10 Things You Need to Know

People love the taste of sweet. At Fooducate, we often write about the dangers of excess sugar in the American diet. We also advise against the consumption of artificial sweeteners because of potential health risks. There is a third category … Continue reading

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Is Chobani’s Perfect Image Getting Tarnished?

Is Chobani’s Perfect Image Getting Tarnished?

There are not many meteoric success stories in today’s cutthroat food industry, but one company that came out of nowhere and has grown exponentially for the last 7 years is Chobani. The company pretty much created the Greek Yogurt category … Continue reading

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Is Monk Fruit the New Stevia?

Is Monk Fruit the New Stevia?

The quest for the ultimate sweetener never ends. Is there, on this earth, a natural, healthy, zero calorie sweetener with no after taste, no side effects, and no long term health risks? Wandering around the Food and Nutrition Expo here … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Diet Coke and Coke Zero?

What’s the Difference Between Diet Coke and Coke Zero?

Have you ever wondered why Coca Cola has 2 diet colas that are almost identical out on the market? The answer is market segmentation. Ever since Diet Coke was introduced in 1984, it has been a girl brand, creating a … Continue reading

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Stevia is so 2009. Have you tried Luo Han?

Stevia is so 2009. Have you tried Luo Han?

Several days ago, a small New Zealand based company called BioVittoria received an FDA GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status for its “Fruit-Sweetness” brand low-calorie sweetener: The sweetener is made from Chinese-grown luo han fruit. It is 200 times sweeter … Continue reading

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Eight Facts about Agave Nectar

Eight Facts about Agave Nectar

We’ve gotten a question from one of our Facebook friends, who is confused about agave nectar, a sweetener that has gotten itself a health halo in some circles over the past few years. Below you’ll find the facts. Bottom line … Continue reading

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Stevi-huh?

Stevi-huh?

Heard of stevia? if not, don’t fret, you’re in good company. 70% of Americans are not familiar with this relatively new sweetener, according to a new study by Mintel, a consumer research company. Over the years, the quest for a … Continue reading

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Pepsi Switches Back to Sugar from High Fructose Corn Syrup

Pepsi Switches Back to Sugar from High Fructose Corn Syrup

PepsiCo is due to release its Pepsi Cola and Mountain Dew brand soft drinks in a sugar sweetened formula, a throwback to the 1970′s. The retro brand, aptly named Pepsi Throwback, is due to be release in a few weeks, … Continue reading

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