The consumption of caloric sweeteners in the United States stands at about 152 pounds a year, having increased by about 40 pounds in the four decades leading up to the modern day. In other words, an average American consumes 52 teaspoons of sweeteners per day, which is a mere 42 spoonfuls more than the USDA recommended measure.
A recent government report on Profiling Food Consumption in America, showed that in its various forms, be it is sucrose, maple syrup, honey, corn sweeteners or molasses, sweeteners were seen as the top most food additive in US homes.
Of late, there has been a shift away from the traditional sweeteners to artificial ones like aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, but there have also been questions raised to long term usability and its effects on the body. These artificial sweeteners have been considered Generally Recognized as Safe by the FDA but many studies have questioned these and have linked their use to many diseases including cancer.
Stevia, a substance naturally found in the Peruvian stevia plant, came up as a no-calorie sugar alternative, but the movement did not gain momentum as it did not have the synthetic aspartame and the aftertaste that Americans had gotten so used to.
A report in Health News now suggests that the latest entrant to this field is Susta. A natural sweetener containing a blend of non-caloric substances like fructose and insulin, the Susta also contains probiotic compounds and vitamins C, B6 and B12 besides extracts of Goji Berry and some healthy minerals.
Susta works in a way where the body transforms the fast and problematic sugars into slower absorbing ones and provides healthier protected energy. The manufacturers also claim that it provides vital dietary fibers and antioxidants that are required for a more calorie efficient metabolism.
Initial reports suggest that Susta could be a better alternative for diabetics. It will be available in individual packets like the other sweeteners and in boxes to be used for baking and cooking.