Role of low calorie sweeteners in a balanced diet
05 October 2016
Low calorie sweeteners provide a simple way of reducing the
amount of calories in our diet without affecting the enjoyment of sweet
tasting foods and drinks.
A wide variety of products contain low calorie sweeteners,
including soft drinks, dairy products such as yoghurt and ice cream,
desserts, chewing gums, condiments such as salad dressing, mustards and
sauces and many other products including chewable multivitamins,
mouthwashes and cough syrups.
Each low calorie sweetener has its own unique taste profile,
characteristics and benefit. By using different blends of low calorie
sweeteners, subtle taste options are also available. Food and drink
manufacturers choose which low calorie sweetener to use, either on its
own or as a blend, based on taste considerations, stability and the type
of food or drink that will be added. By using different blends of low
calorie sweeteners, subtle taste options are also available. Blending
low calorie sweeteners is safe and the use of a blend reduces the amount
of each individual sweetener that would be needed to sweeten foods and
Considering the challenge of increasing rates of obesity and
diabetes, low calorie sweeteners can provide an important alternative to
sugar and other caloric sweeteners. Low calorie sweeteners, when used
in place of sugars and as part of a balanced diet, can be a helpful tool
to reduce energy intake and body weight and thereby risk for diabetes
and cardiovascular diseases (CVD).
By replacing the equivalent sweetness of sugar without the
equivalent calories and increasing palatability of healthy and low
calorie foods, low calorie sweeteners, if used consistently to reduce
calories, can prove helpful in weight reduction and weight maintenance.
Furthermore, as low calorie sweeteners do not affect blood glucose and
insulin levels, they may be used to provide sweet-tasting foods and
drinks for people who must carefully monitor carbohydrate intake, such
as people with diabetes. These benefits are covered in more detail on
‘Sweetness in the diet’ section.
To learn more about the health benefits of sweeteners choose from the list below: