Definition of sweetener in US English:



  • 1A substance used to sweeten food or drink, especially one other than sugar.

    • ‘She boiled the kettle and made herself a strong cup of tea, adding her aunt's sweeteners instead of real sugar.’
    • ‘It's about pharmaceuticals that also supply unlabeled ingredients such as artificial sweeteners, preservatives, extracts, aromas, and all sorts of things.’
    • ‘Alcohol, tomatoes, spices, chocolate, caffeine, citrus drinks, artificial sweeteners and acidic foods may irritate your bladder.’
    • ‘So why not cut out sugar and artificial sweeteners (which carry their own risks) and try sweetening your lemonade, smoothies and summer dessert recipes with xylitol, lo hart or stevia?’
    • ‘Avoid all artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks and some diabetic foods as these are toxic to the liver and can cause hypoglycaemia and fatigue.’
    • ‘In 1926 the artificial sweetener saccharine was popularized.’
    • ‘When you substitute artificial sweetener for real sugar, however, the body learns it can no longer use its sense of taste to gauge calories.’
    • ‘There is no sugar or artificial sweetener in the whole world that could ever be that sweet (not even sugar).’
    • ‘It also railed against Mexico's imposition of a 20 percent tax on beverages and syrups made with sweeteners other than cane sugar.’
    • ‘Foods which are most likely to cause problems are those laden with additives such as colourings, flavourings, preservatives and artificial sweeteners.’
    • ‘The rats exhibited behavioral changes even when sugar was replaced with the artificial sweetener saccharin.’
    • ‘Many avoid refined white sugar, using sweeteners like brown rice syrup, fruit juice concentrate or stevia.’
    • ‘I must conclude that there is something about the combination of caffeine and artificial sweetener that makes this drink so special.’
    • ‘Often, bodybuilders will substitute diet sodas and powdered drink mixes with artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar calories.’
    • ‘Also don't give kids foods with the artificial sweetener aspartame, which can cause such side effects as excitability and mood swings.’
    • ‘Elizabeth's range is completely free from artificial colouring, sweeteners and preservatives and is available nationwide at Superquinn stores.’
    • ‘You can use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar.’
    • ‘But read the labels on some of these foods and you may find artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose on the ingredient lists, conveniently omitted from the front label.’
    • ‘One of this drink's chief ingredients is the artificial sweetener aspartame.’
    • ‘Organic processed food is also different as many of the food additives, such as artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated fat, are not allowed.’
    1. 1.1British informal An inducement, typically in the form of money or a concession.
      ‘these sweeteners made rental cars a bargain’
      • ‘Mr Cullen has also added an extra €5,000 sweetener to encourage Senators to take the package, according to the Opposition parties.’
      • ‘The money was a sweetener to speed the release of Anderson and other kidnapped Americans.’
      • ‘These are the statistics, the sweeteners and the rewards of tortuous negotiations.’
      • ‘As more developers offer sweeteners to lure flat buyers, Guangzhou Investment has come up with a "buy one, get one free" incentive for up to two home purchasers at its Pokfulam Terrace project.’
      • ‘However, its chairman, Len Picken, believes the only solution may be the development of a teaching hospital and a series of sweeteners offered to young graduates to encourage them to stay on.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Scotland on Sunday can also reveal that the Beatson, which treats 8,000 new patients a year, has been trying to lure new doctors by offering £16,000 sweeteners.’
      • ‘Fine Gael also claimed the money was being used as a sweetener to buy votes in next year's local and European elections because the projects will only then be coming on stream.’
      • ‘A considerable sweetener that may be welcome by those who have pumped money into Rotherham but perhaps not by the paying punters who will feel cheated.’
      • ‘Cities spent decades dangling tax breaks and other financial sweeteners to attract big business.’
      • ‘The Budget was derided by many as an election sweetener, offering up liberal cash incentives to families with young children.’
      • ‘Parents in South Lakeland are being offered cash sweeteners to persuade them not to take their youngsters out of school in term time.’
      • ‘Logic have recently been offering sweeteners to try to encourage people to sign up, but they've been pretty unimpressive.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, the Abbey National is offering a #50 cashback sweetener to encourage borrowers to stick with them, ‘because life's complicated enough’.’
      incentive, attraction, encouragement, temptation, incitement, stimulation, stimulus, bait, lure, pull, draw, spur, goad, impetus, motive, motivation, provocation
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