I don’t consume anything on this list — not even stevia, honey, or agave.
Compiling this list of natural and artificial sweeteners reminded me of the classic Arthur C. Clarke science fiction short story “The Nine Billion Names of God“. The creation of my list didn’t trigger a universe-shaking event, but it brought home for me how hard we humans have worked to support our sugar addiction. How many hours of effort does each item on the list represent — especially for the artificial sweeteners? When you think of research, testing, marketing, and so on, it’s truly sobering.
Almost 100 different types of natural and artificial sweeteners are listed below; sometimes we humans really are too smart for our own good. Continue reading “The 95 names of sugar”