Better risk–benefit communication for low/no calorie sweeteners is needed to achieve the recommended sugar reduction

Key remarks of a published symposium report from FENS 2019 conference Highlights: To achieve the recommended sugar reduction, the implementation of a range of public health strategies is needed, including reducing portion sizes, promoting healthier dietary choices and reformulating foods and beverages. Low/no calorie sweeteners can help in product reformulation as they allow to replace sugar […]

Why is there a confusion about sweeteners’ role in weight and glucose control?

Science news from the FINUT 2020 virtual Conference Highlights: Conflicting outcomes between controlled clinical trials and observational studies are often the cause of confusion about low/no calorie sweeteners’ effects on health. Limitations of observational study design do not allow to draw conclusions on cause-and-effect relationships, while randomised controlled studies offer higher quality evidence. When interpreting […]

Sugar reduction and low/no calorie sweeteners: policies, evidence and dietary practice

Key remarks of a webinar by the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) Highlights: As a result of public health concerns about excess sugar consumption, European countries are implementing a range of policies to lower population sugars intake. Food and drink reformulation and portion size reduction by the food industry are some of the […]

Experts reach consensus over the role of low/no calorie sweeteners in public health

Highlights: Reduction in the excessive intake of sugars is being recommended globally to lower the risk and prevalence of obesity. Low/no calorie sweeteners are one of the strategies to consider. Experts agreed that, when used in place of sugars to reduce energy density of foods and drinks, low/no calorie sweeteners can help reduce net energy (calorie) intake […]

Low/no calorie sweeteners: Safety, emerging research and recommendations

Science news from the 12th EFAD Conference 2019 Highlights: All approved low/no calorie sweeteners have undergone a thorough risk assessment by food safety authorities globally before being approved for use on the market. Low/no calorie sweeteners are used in very small amounts in foods and drinks and current evidence does not support the claim that […]

The use of low/no calorie sweeteners in children: an analysis of scientific evidence

A review of the policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics Highlights: All approved low/no-calorie sweeteners have undergone a stringent safety evaluation by food safety authorities around the world who consistently confirm their safety. Clinical studies show that substituting sugary products with low/no calorie sweetened alternatives may help reduce weight gain or promote small […]

Scientific evidence and recommendations about the use and benefits of low/no calorie sweeteners

Science news from the 13th European Nutrition Conference – FENS 2019 Highlights: Choosing low/no calorie sweetened drinks can help frequent consumers maintain a good-tasting, enjoyable diet while aiming to control body weight, according to new studies. Comprehensive systematic reviews and meta-analyses of controlled human trials show potential for benefits of low/no calorie sweeteners in weight […]

Low calorie sweeteners and diabetes: Positions of scientific, medical and patient organisations

A webinar by the Spanish Federation of Diabetes (FEDE) Highlights: Low calorie sweeteners are safe, including for people with diabetes, and their consumption is well below the set Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) limits. Low calorie sweeteners have a favourable effect on post-prandial blood glucose levels, when consumed instead of sugars. By replacing sugars, low calorie sweeteners […]