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What are low-calorie sweeteners?

Low-calorie sweeteners, formerly called artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes, have very few or no calories. You'll see them in sugar-free products such as soda and desserts. Some of these sweeteners can be used in cooking or baking; others are added to foods and beverages after cooking. Some manufactured products use a combination of low-calorie sweeteners to get the best flavor.

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