Artificial Sweeteners Explained

Posted 3.23.12 | Christine Graham-Garo

As some of you may know, we have recently launched our new and flavorful Neocate Junior product, Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla. One question we have heard from some families is about the use of artificial sweeteners in products. Some families have asked if our new Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla product has any aspartame. The answer to that is ‘no!’  Some families have noticed that some products and formulas on the market do use aspartame, and that some products even use multiple artificial sweeteners.

Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla only uses one type of artificial sweetener, sucralose (found in Splenda®), as well as natural table sugar. Artificial sweeteners are key in flavored amino acid-based formulas to provide a formula that tastes good without being laden with sugar to have that great taste.

There are a few artificial sweeteners on the market in the US that have been reviewed and accepted by the FDA. Here is a list of some of those artificial sweeteners:

Most of the flavored Neocate products use sucralose, which has a balanced sweetener profile and has become more popular in recent years. A few of the flavored Neocate products use acesulfame potassium, which works well with citrus flavors.

You may note that in Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla, sucralose is toward the end of the ingredients list, meaning a small amount is used in the product.

In developing the Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla, Nutricia North America was conscious to develop a balanced sweetness profile. Some of the sweetness comes from natural table sugar, which you can see in the ingredient list towards the top.

Have you tried Neocate Junior with Prebiotics, Vanilla yet? How did you like the taste? We always enjoy hearing from you!


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Read Comments (4)

  • 2013-11-22 | Sarah

    Do the unflavored formulas contain any artificial sweeteners?

  • 2013-12-03 | Christine Graham-Garo

    Dear Sarah,
      No. Unflavored Neocate Splash and the 2 unflavored versions of Neocate Junior do not have any artificial sweeteners.
      Kind regards,

  • 2017-01-19 | Sara

    What is the sugar content of Neocate Junior and related products?

  • 2017-02-21 | Nutrition Specialist

    Hi Sara,
      Great question! To answer this, we’ve drafted a post that outlines this. You can read it here:
      Hope this helps!

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