A sweetener used in many products is not naturally occurring, and it’s possible to make artificial sweeteners without using natural ingredients.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a new regulation that requires manufacturers of natural or artificial sweetening products to provide an explanation for the difference.
The new rule does not require companies to explain what natural ingredients are used in the product.
The agency says that, in general, artificial sweetened foods are less acidic and therefore less effective in reducing the amount of harmful chemicals in our food supply.
However, the agency says it will not require manufacturers to explain how artificial sweetners are made, or to provide details about the ingredients they use.
The FDA says that some of the products that contain artificial sweetens are made with ingredients from countries that are not permitted to produce natural ingredients, including China, the European Union, Japan and South Korea.
The FDA said the agency has found that manufacturers of artificial sweeten products that do not have an established supply chain may be using ingredients from these countries in their manufacturing processes.
Read more at Bloomberg Posted by: james karp