Low calorie sweeteners can play a useful role in glucose and weight control

Posted: 13 December 2017

Science news from the French Nutrition Day 2017

In times when obesity and related diseases such as diabetes constitute major health concerns, new nutrition-related scientific evidence that can add small pieces to the puzzle of building the strategies and policies to help managing these problems are critical. Within this context, the latest and new evidence in relation to the helpful role of low calorie sweeteners, when used in place of sugar, in weight management and glucose control were presented at the ISA-supported symposium on the occasion of the French Nutrition Day (JFN – Journées Francophones de Nutrition) by Prof Marc Fantino and Prof Fabrice Bonnet, two key experts in the fields of nutrition, obesity and diabetes in France, and gained the interest of the participants.

As many consumers are looking to reducing excess sugar intake, the question around how low calorie sweeteners can help in weight regulation is highly relevant and interesting to both healthcare professionals and nutrition scientists. By reviewing the latest evidence around this topic during his talk at the ISA symposium, Prof Marc Fantino (Lyon, France), concluded: “evidence supports the use of low calorie sweeteners in place of sugar as a helpful tool among other dietary strategies in reducing overall intake of calories and thus helping in weight loss and maintenance.

Similarly, being informed about the overall evidence regarding the impact, if any, of low calorie sweeteners in glucose regulation is key to healthcare professionals who are involved in diabetes management. Examining the available published data, Prof Fabrice Bonnet (Rennes, France), stressed that: “there is no evidence in humans that low calorie sweeteners would have an impact on blood glucose control or on insulin resistance, and that, when compared with sugar, they have a favourable effect on glycaemia, which is particularly important for people with diabetes.

To learn more about the presentations made by Prof Fantino and Prof Bonnet during the ISA symposium on the occasion of the French Nutrition Day 2017 in Nantes, please read our highlights from this symposium by clicking here.

To read more about the French Nutrition Day 2017 and ISA participation to this congress, please click here.