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Do artificial sweeteners contain calories and carbohydrates?

In order to make table top artificial sweeteners look similar to sugar, additional ingredients are added to the pure sweeteners for texture and volume. These ingredients (some common ones are dextrose and maltodextrin) will also add a small amount of calories and carbohydrate to the product.

Food products are considered "no-calorie" if they have 5 calories or less per serving. Notice that even though the nutrition labels on sweetener packets claim to have zero calories and carbohydrate, there are a small amount calories and carbs from those added ingredients. When you use a large amount of these products, it can start to add up. As with all foods, it is important not to go overboard.

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