There have been concerns that low calorie sweeteners (LCS) may paradoxically increase hunger and sweet cravings by uncoupling the sensory, hedonistic properties of sweetness from sugar’s satiating (energy-giving) effect. However, the conference heard consensus evidence that this is not the case and that furthermore LCS may actually be a useful tool in managing our strong innate desire for sweet.
Evidence suggests that people who include LCS in their diet are actually less likely to crave and over-consume sugary foods, according to Dr France Bellisle, Researcher of the Nutritional Epidemiology Unit, University Paris 13, France.
LCS users also eat healthier, lower-calorie diets overall, including more whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and low fat dairy products.
Based on the evidence, many experts believe that LCS-sweetened foods may often help satisfy our natural desire for sweetness so that we don’t look for it elsewhere in the form of sugary foods.
LCS do not increase the appetite for sweetness. The concern that LCS can increase an appetite for sweetness by uncoupling the sensory, hedonistic properties of sweetness from its satiating (energy-giving) effect is unfounded, as shown by a converging body of data using various methodologies.