Natural Sweeteners: The Relevance of Food Naturalness for Consumers, Food Security Aspects, Sustainability and Health Impacts

Ariana Saraiva, Conrado Carrascosa, Dele Raheem, Fernando Ramos, Antonio Raposo

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Abstract

At a moment when the population is increasingly aware and involved in what it eats, both consumers and the food sector are showing more interest in natural foods. This review work discusses, addresses and provides details of the most important aspects of consumer’s perceptions of and attitudes to natural foods and in-depth research into natural sweeteners. It also includes issues about their use and development as regards health impacts, food security and sustainability. In line with our main research outcome, we can assume that consumers are very keen on choosing foods with clean labelling, natural ingredients, preferably with other functional properties, without the loss of taste. In response to such a phenomenon, the food industry offers consumers alternative natural sweeteners with the advantage of added health benefits. It is noteworthy that Nature is a
superb source of desirable substances, and many have a sweet taste, and many still need to be studied. Finally, we must stress that being natural does not necessarily guarantee market success.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6285
Pages (from-to)1-22
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020
MoEC publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Keywords

  • Consumer’s perceptions and attitudes
  • Food industry
  • Food security
  • Health impacts
  • Natural food products
  • Natural sweeteners
  • Sustainability

Field of science

  • Food science

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