The use of artificial sweeteners is a common occurrence in the livestock industry. For both ruminants and swine, sweeteners are used to mask unpalatable tastes in feed and encourage feed intake, especially around weaning. This perception of sweetness is due to the taste receptors (T1R2 and T1R3) located on the tongue (Radcliffe, 2011). These taste receptors are also located in the small intestine, which brings about an interesting question; is there a physiological importance to taste receptors other than detecting sweetness?
Sucram C150 and Molasweet masks unpalatable tastes in feed allowing for more consistent feed intake. In addition, both Sucram C150 and Molasweet help to increase the number of SGLT1 proteins present in the small intestine, thereby increasing glucose absorption and utilization