How can using an artificial sweetener instead of sugar affect a recipe?

If you decide to use artificial sweeteners when baking or cooking, there are a few important things to know:
  • Baked products may be lighter in color because real sugar has a caramelizing/browning effect and artificial sweeteners do not.
  • Volume may be lower in cakes, muffins, and quick breads because artificial sweeteners do not have the same bulking ability as sugar.
  • Texture may be altered in some baked products, especially cookies.
  • Taste may be slightly altered if you are sensitive to the sweetener's aftertaste.
  • Cooking time of your baked goods may be slightly different when using artificial sweeteners.
  • Sugar naturally holds in moisture and increases keeping quality so baked products with the sugar removed will not keep as long.

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