Friday, 15 June 2012

Sugar and Sweetener Blends in the UK

For various reasons, many of us choose to use alternative forms of sweetening ingredients. And, with the range of sugar substitutes expanding at a rapid rate, we now have more options available than ever. From zero calorie artificial sweeteners to natural alternatives, there should be something to suit most people's sweetening needs.


If you’re trying to reduce calories or cut down on your sugar intake, but still want the familiar taste and texture of sugar, you can buy various blends of sugar and sweeteners. These help bridge the gap between using pure sugar or sweeteners and they can usually be used in the same way as sugar.

In the UK, the majority of these will contain one or more of the following artificial sweeteners (all approved by the FDA): saccharin, aspartame, sucralose and acesulfame-K. And more recently are those which are blended with the latest sweetening ingredient, Stevia.

The following list shows some of the blended sugar and sweetener varieties available in the UK.

Sugar and Sweetener Blends


Half Spoon (Silver Spoon)
Description: Granulated sugar with a touch of sweetener. Use half a teaspoon to replace 1 teaspoon of sugar. It has the same taste and texture as sugar but since you only need to use half the amount, you’re only getting half the calories. Can be used in Tea, Coffee & Cereals. Ideal for the whole family, half spoon is great in tea and coffee and has a lovely sugary crunch when sprinkled on cereal or fruit. Calories: 8 per teaspoon.
Ingredients: Sugar, Sweeteners (**Aspartame, Acesulfame-K),**contains a source of Phenylalanine.

Light (Silver Spoon)
Description: A white granulated sugar with sweeteners. Light has one third less calories per teaspoon and can be used in hot drinks, for sprinkling on cereal or baking.
Calories: 11 per teaspoon.
Ingredients: Sugar, Maltodextrin, Sweeteners (*Aspartame, Acesulfame-K) *contains a source of phenylalanine.

Light at Heart Brown Blend (Tate & Lyle )

Description: A brown sugar and Stevia blend (50% less calories). Use half a teaspoon to replace 1 teaspoon of sugar. This sugar blend is natural and free from artificial ingredients and is suitable for the whole family. It has the same taste, look and feel of sugar but is twice as sweet. Can be used in hot drinks, baking and sprinkling.
Calories:7.9 per teaspoon.
Ingredients: Sugar, Sweetener Steviol Glycosides, Natural Flavouring.

Light at Heart White Blend (Tate & Lyle )
Description: A white sugar and Stevia blend (50% less calories). Use half a teaspoon to replace 1 teaspoon of sugar. This sugar blend is natural and free from artificial ingredients and is suitable for the whole family. It has the same taste, look and feel of sugar but is twice as sweet. Can be used in hot drinks, baking and sprinkling.
Calories: 8 per teaspoon.
Ingredients: Sugar, Sweetener Steviol Glycosides, Natural Flavouring

Light Cane (Tate & Lyle)
Description: Granulated white sugar with sucralose. Light Cane has one third fewer calories of regular sugar, so one teaspoon of Light Cane has 11 calories compared to 16 calories for sugar. You can use Light Cane in exactly the same way as regular sugar and in the same quantities. It looks and tastes like regular sugar.
Calories: 11 per teaspoon.
Ingredients: Fairtrade sugar (70%), Bulking agent (Maltodextrin), Aqua, Sweetener (Sucralose), Stablizer: (Gum Arabic). Sugar, Sweetener Steviol Glycosides, Natural Flavouring.

Sucron
Description: Sucron is a low calorie granulated sweetener with saccharin. Use quarter of a teaspoon to replace 1 teaspoon of sugar. Sucron has only a quarter of the calories of sugar when used as directed. Ideal for sweetening all hot and cold drinks, replacing sugar in sauces, fruit salads or mousses or sprinkling onto grapefruit, breakfast cereals and porridge. Cooked desserts such as custard, milk and rice puddings can be sweetened with Sucron. Not suitable for jam making.
Calories: 4 per teaspoon.
Ingredients: Sugar, Sweetener (Sodium Saccharin).


Most of the above blended sugars are available in UK supermarkets. Sucron can be found in some chemists including Boots.

© Diets and Calories 2012

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