aka High Intensity, Low Calorie, or Zero Calorie Sweetener

  • On my quest to discover all zero-calorie products with artificial sweeteners available to you in stores, I found about 70 products

  • Artificial sweeteners are not found in nature and so, are artificially made in a laboratory; the source material may be natural

  • Being hundreds of times sweeter than table sugar, they are used in a fraction of the weight of table sugar and deliver no calories 

  • They are used in such small amounts that they affect neither the volume nor the mouthfeel of tabletop sweeteners, and so ...

  • Require fillers or carriers to give the tabletop sweetener an overall resemblance to table sugar, making it spoonable and pourable

  • Tabletop Sweeteners (aka tabletops) are available to you in various forms: liquid, granulated, powdered, sachets, cubes & tablets

  • Sweeteners providing less than 5 calories per serving are labeled as calorie free, no calorie, or zero calories 

  • One serving of tabletop sweetener is often the amount of it with sweetness equivalent to 1 or 2 teaspoons of table sugar

  • The color code for tabletop sweeteners is usually yellow for sucralose, blue for aspartame, and pink for saccharin.


Which artificial sweeteners (AS) are approved for use in tabletop sweeteners?


There is A LOT to see here.

Scroll down to explore it all or, if you are short on time, make your choice below: 

Artificial Sweetener | Liquid
Explore artificial sweeteners in liquid form made with sucralose and saccharin
The food additive Aspartame is a high intensity sweetener that, being a protein, provides 4 Calories/g. But since it can be up to 400 times sweeter than table sugar, it is used in such small amounts that contributes few to no calories. It is approved by the FDA as a nutritive sweetener.
The food additive Saccharin is a salt around 200 to 700 times sweeter than table sugar. It provides no calories as it is not metabolized and is excreted in urine. It has noe effect on bood glucose. It may be combined with other sweeteners (such as glucose) or bulking agents (such as maltodextrin) in commercial tabletop sweeteners.
The food additive Sucralose is made from table sugar in a process that changes its configuration into a compound around 600 times sweeter with no calories.
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  • Two artificial sweeteners, sucralose and saccharin, are used as ingredients in liquid tabletops labeled as 'zero calories'

  • One serving of these tabletop sweeteners is usually two to sixty times sweeter than table sugar (sucrose)

  • Liquid zero calorie sweeteners have no bulking properties, which means they provide no volume and mass to your recipes

  • The predominant ingredient is water; flavors, preservatives, or both are often added to improve taste and maintain freshness

  • They may contain carriers, such as erythritol, glucose, maltodextrin, which are used to improve taste, masking off-flavors.



Since artificial sweeteners (AS) provide sweet taste with tiny volume, tabletop sweeteners often require fillers or carriers so they can have an overall resemblance to table sugar. The basic idea is that something is needed to fill in the empty space created when using AS.


Fillers are carbohydrates. They add bulk (weight and volume) to the tabletop sweetener, and minimal calories and carbohydrates to each serving. As said before, no-calorie sweeteners meet FDA standards for no-calorie foods if they provide <5 calories per serving. Fillers may or may not be sweet.

The role of fillers in the tabletop sweetener involves:

  • make it spoonable and pourable

  • improve the mouthfeel (body and smoothness)

  • improve taste; mask off-flavors (non-sweet & after taste)

  • provide sweetness synergy (boost sweetness)


You should note that most tabletop sweeteners have just a hint of AS. The weight ratio between fillers and AS is in some cases 200 to 2000 (fillers) to about 1 (AS). This means that although almost 99% of the weight comes from the filler(s), 70 to 99% of the sweetness comes from the AS.


Fillers used in tabletop sweeteners include:

  • sugars (glucose, lactose)

  • polyols (erythritol, xylitol)

  • rare sugars (tagatose)

  • polysaccharides (maltodextrin, cellulose).


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