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Low Calorie Sweeteners and Diabetes

In 2010, an estimated 55.2 million people in Europe between 20-79 years of age were suffering from diabetes. By 2030 it is estimated that this number will increase to 66.2 million.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that results from the body's inability to make or use insulin. It occurs when a person’s body can either:

  • no longer make insulin
  • no longer make enough insulin
  • or not use insulin properly


The importance of low calorie sweeteners in the diet of people with diabetes is undisputed. People with diabetes may, however, consume moderate amounts of sugar. If the sugar contained in food products stays for a longer time in the stomach and intestines (as is the case, for example, with chocolate), then people with diabetes may also enjoy some of these products.

Sweeteners add quality to the lives of people with diabetes

Low calorie sweeteners offer people with diabetes broader food choices by providing the pleasure of sweet taste without the negative side effects of sugar, such as raising blood glucose. As low calorie sweeteners have no impact on insulin and blood sugar levels and do not provide calories, they can also have a role in weight loss and weight control for people with type 2 diabetes.

Drinks, mueslis and fruit products prepared with sweeteners are ideal for people with diabetes.

To learn more about how low calorie sweeteners can help you manage diabetes, download our factsheet by clicking here or visit our "Roles and benefits" page to download more factsheets and our brochure.

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Does low calorie sweetener consumption affect energy intake and body weight?

Prof Peter Rogers takes us through the results of his review published in the International Journal of Obesity in November 2015. The review looked at the effect of low calorie sweeteners’ exposure on calorie intake and body weight. The results indicate that the use of low calorie sweetened beverages leads to reduced energy intake and body weight, and possibly also when compared with water.