Videos

The videos included in this section are a combination of interviews with experts in relation to new or upcoming studies about low calorie sweeteners, outcomes of, and discussions coming from scientific events, as well as content from ISA activities such as campaigns conducted in support of World Diabetes Day.

We would like to invite you to watch the videos showcased below for more insightful information about a number of scientific issues such as obesity, diabetes, appetite control food intake, sweet taste, and of course low calorie sweeteners.

Dietary and lifestyle changes can make a big difference in diabetes prevention and management

An interview with Dr Aimilia Papakonstantinou, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

Summary:

In the context of World Diabetes Day 2016 (WDD 2016), which is celebrated annually on 14 November, Dr Aimilia Papakonstantinou has given an insightful interview about the role of balanced diet and physical activity in diabetes prevention and management. The theme of this year’s WDD is ‘Eyes on diabetes’, and on this basis Dr Papakonstantinou outlines the effect of dietary and lifestyle changes on reducing the risk of diabetes complications such as retinopathy.

With regard to the role of low calorie sweeteners in diabetes, Dr Papakonstantinou suggests that they can be safely consumed by people with diabetes as low calorie sweeteners do not affect blood glucose or insulin levels, based on available human studies.

Lifestyle interventions can help in diabetes prevention

An interview with Prof Anne Raben, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Summary:

In the context of World Diabetes Day 2016 (WDD 2016), which is celebrated annually on 14 November, Prof Anne Raben highlights in this video the importance of lifestyle interventions in diabetes management and talks about the Preview Project (acronym of PREVention of diabetes), an international 3-year intervention programme in 2,500 pre-diabetic overweight and obese children and adults. The primary goal of this large multicentre study, which is coordinated by Prof Anne Raben, is to identify the most efficient combination of diet and exercise for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in this population.

In relation to low calorie sweeteners’ role, Prof Raben supports that they can be helpful in helping people, including people with diabetes, to reduce their sugar intake.

Dietary changes, including low calorie sweeteners use, have an important role in diabetes control

An interview with Dr Caomhan Logue, Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK

Summary:

In the context of World Diabetes Day 2016 (WDD 2016), which is celebrated annually on 14 November, Dr Caomhan Logue summarises the dietary and lifestyle principles that can help people with diabetes in achieving good glycaemic control. Dr Logue also highlights the integral role of dietitians in helping people with diabetes to manage their blood glucose levels more effectively by translating the scientific evidence and communicating that to the public, as well as helping people with diabetes in adopting healthier behaviours.

In his role also as a dietitian, Dr Logue supports that low calorie sweeteners can help people with diabetes to reduce the sugar and energy intake while maintaining the palatability of the diet, and therefore suggests that low calorie sweeteners can be included as an option in an individualised diet for people with diabetes.

The role of sweetness in the human diet throughout history

An interview with Prof Kees de Graaf, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Summary:

Summarising the key learnings of his presentation at the ISA roundtable symposium in the context of the 17th International Congress of Dietetics in September 2016, in this video interview Prof Kees de Graaf provides an overview of how taste overall influence eating behaviour and food choices, and discusses the role of sweet taste in human diet throughout centuries. Also, referring to the scientific work of his team on low calorie sweeteners, Prof de Graaf explains why by providing sweetness without calories low calorie sweeteners help in reducing energy intake in the diet and do not affect appetite.

The role of low calorie sweeteners in obesity prevention and management

An interview with Dr John Sievenpiper, University of Toronto, Canada

Summary:

In the context of the 17th International Congress of Dietetics in September 2016, Dr John Sievenpiper has given an insightful interview about the epidemic of obesity and its causes, the sweet taste in our diet, as well as the role of low calorie sweeteners in obesity prevention and management. Based on the latest scientific data, Dr Sievenpiper provides evidence-based answers to the question why low calorie sweeteners can be one more tool in the effort to reduce energy intake and manage energy balance and subsequently body weight.

Low calorie sweeteners provide an option for people who want to reduce energy intake and manage their body weight

Interview with Professor Peter Rogers

Summary:

Prof Peter Rogers summarises in this 3-minute video the outcomes of his systematic review and meta-analysis showing that overall, the balance of evidence clearly indicates that the consumption of LCS in place of sugar, in children and adults, leads to reduced energy intake and body weight, and possibly also compared to water.