What is it about?

Adequate consumption of sweet foods is one of the main public health challenges worldwide. We studied how diabetics and nondiabetics in Brazil perceive and consume sugar, sweeteners and processed sweets. Results revealed that although diabetics/pre-diabetics consumed less sugary products than non-diabetics, >50.0% of them preferred sugary candies, bakeries, ready-to-drink fruit juice, ice cream, chocolate, and ready-to-eat desserts. In addition, the perception of different sweet substances showed that sugar is sensory desirable, but penalized due to its health impact; naturally extracted sweeteners had an opposite perception of sugar and chemically synthesized sweeteners were penalized by both sensory and health impacts.

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Why is it important?

The results are useful for food policies, nutrition education campaigns and food product development.

Perspectives

I hope this article raises the awareness of researchers and professionals who are involved in healthy policy regarding the consumption of sweet food.

Alline Artigiani Lima Tribst
Universidade Estadual de Campinas

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This page is a summary of: Perception and preferences of processed sweet foods: differences between diabetic and nondiabetic consumers, Nutrition & Food Science, May 2021, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/nfs-01-2021-0011.
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