Les édulcorants : une autre histoire du sucré, une nouvelle étape dans l'histoire du sucre ?

Abstract : The recent history of sugar in the european countries suggests that sugar consumption has levelled off and even starts to decrease. However, the geographer involved in researches about food is convincend that he cannot afford to ignore a broader reflection about the sweet taste. The rise of sweetners suggests that the stagnant consumption of sugar per capita isnot due to a decline of liking for sweet foods. Sweetners are also part of the turbulent history of sugar, made with turns and accidents. A lot of sweetners are product of serendipitous discoveries. Scandals surround the history of sweetners, in which multinational companies and states are involved (Japan outlowed the use of aspartam and allowed stevia while USA did the opposite). We can only understand this if we think along geopolitical lines. The key issue is the struggle between artificial and natural sweetners. The so-called natural sweetners now prevail, under the pressure of a concerned public opinion, that receives a welter of negative discourses about sugar and wants to avoid chimicals and to promote natural products. The rise of stevia production confirms the victory of natural sweetners and is currently revolutionizing the world of sweetness and the world of sugar itself.
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Vincent Moriniaux. Les édulcorants : une autre histoire du sucré, une nouvelle étape dans l'histoire du sucre ?. Centre de recherche sur les économies, les sociétés, les arts et les techniques (CRESAT). Le sucre, entre tentations et réglementation, Archives nationales du monde du travail, p. 133-160, 2014, 9782916895239. ⟨halshs-01476969⟩

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