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Title: Natural Sweeteners: The Relevance of Food Naturalness for Consumers, Food Security Aspects, Sustainability and Health Impacts
Authors: Saraiva, Ariana 
Carrascosa, Conrado
Raheem, Dele
Ramos, Fernando 
Raposo, António
Keywords: consumer’s perceptions and attitudes; food industry; food security; health impacts; natural food products; natural sweeteners; sustainability
Issue Date: 28-Aug-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Serial title, monograph or event: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume: 17
Issue: 17
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.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10316/106165
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17176285
Rights: openAccess
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