High-intensity sweeteners (HIS) are ingredients which are used to sweeten and enhance the flavour of foods. High-intensity sweeteners are generally used as sugar alternative because of its unique property which makes it many times sweeter than sugar and contributes few to no calories when added to food & beverages. The calorie content in high-intensity sweetener varies from zero to 4 kcal/gm. It is commonly used in desserts, soft drinks, confectionery, dairy products, chewing gums and hot chocolate drinks. The major advantage of high-intensity sweetener is low calorie value, thus making it suitable for consumption for diabetic patient. High-intensity sweeteners also usually do not raise blood sugar levels in the human body.
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High-Intensity Sweetener: Drivers and Restraints
Rising health concerns coupled with increasing number of people suffering from weight related problems such as diabetes and obesity are some of the major advantage of high-intensity sweetener. Rising demand for low calorie sweetener, growing number of obese population are the major factors driving the demand of high intensity sweetener globally.
High-Intensity Sweetener: Segmentation
High-intensity sweetener market is segmented on the basis of type, application and region. On the basis of type the high-intensity sweetener market is segmented into nutritive sweeteners and non-nutritive sweetener. Aspartame is the only HIS falling under the category of non-nutritive sweetener. While, non-nutritive sweetener can be sub-segmented into saccharin, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, neotame, advantame, steviol extract, cyclamate and monk fruit extracts. Cyclamate was the leading sweetener in terms of consumption accounting for almost 51% of global high-intensity sweetener consumption in 2013. Saccharin and cyclamate are the low cost high-intensity sweeteners available, and thus enjoy wide use in...