Scientific evidence to inform guidelines: The role of sweeteners in diet and health

Key outcomes of the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in the U.S. Highlights: The typical American diet results in overconsumption of fats, sodium and added sugars, while intakes of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are lower than recommended. Excess intake of added sugars should be reduced but focus should also be […]

Why use low/no calorie sweeteners in diabetes? Is there a benefit?

Reviewing current evidence in light of a new systematic review by Lohner et al. Highlights: Low/no calorie sweeteners do not affect glucose control and can be safely consumed by people with diabetes. Consumption of foods containing low/no calorie sweeteners instead of sugar cause a lower blood glucose rise after eating compared to sugar-containing foods. Low/no […]

Can low/no calorie sweeteners help us lose weight? Your question answered by science

New study reviews the totality of clinical trials on low/no calorie sweeteners effects on body weight Highlights: A healthy and balanced diet is important for good health as well as for helping manage our body weight. The main finding of a new systematic review and meta-analysis is that replacing sugar with low/no calorie sweeteners may […]

Year in review: What’s new about low/no calorie sweeteners?

A 2019 science review Highlights: Diabetes associations across the world support the claim that replacing sugars with low/no calorie sweeteners can be a helpful strategy to aid glucose and weight control in diabetes. By enhancing meal enjoyment and control of food cravings, low/no calorie sweetened beverages can help consumers eat less, new studies show. There is no […]

Do low-calorie sweetened beverages help to control food cravings?

Outcomes of two new human experimental studies Highlights: Studies found that low calorie sweetened beverages may help some people to eat less and feel more in control and less guilty about their eating. Study participants who were frequent consumers of low calorie sweeteners consumed fewer calories when low calorie sweetened beverages were available compared to unavailable. Meal enjoyment […]

Low calorie sweeteners in diabetes: updated reports from Diabetes UK, the Latin-American Association for Diabetes (ALAD) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA)

A summary of recent position statements and consensus by diabetes organisations globally Highlights: Low calorie sweeteners are safe for people with diabetes with current intake levels being within the Acceptable Daily Intakes. Low calorie sweeteners have a neutral effect on glucose control; they do not cause a spike in blood glucose, but they should not be […]

Low calorie sweeteners and gut bacteria: No adverse effects at doses relevant to human use

Key remarks from two new review studies on low calorie sweeteners and gut microbiota Highlights: Current studies establish no evidence of adverse effect of low calorie sweeteners on the gut microbiota at doses relevant to human use Dietary changes unrelated to low calorie sweeteners’ consumption are likely the major determinants of change in gut microbiota composition, […]

Why use low calorie sweeteners? Is there any health benefit after all?

A critical appraisal of the BMJ paper by Toews et al that claimed no benefits or harms for low calorie sweeteners Highlights: Health benefits of low calorie sweeteners are clear when used to replace sugars in the diet: they help reduce calorie intake, they do not cause a spike in blood glucose, and they do […]

A 2018 science review: Latest research on low calorie sweeteners

Highlights: Consumers of low calorie sweeteners have higher diet quality and lower sugar intake, new data from Australia, Brazil, the UK and the US show Adding up to current evidence, new clinical trials confirm that low calorie sweeteners do not increase appetite, sweetness liking or sweet food intake Nutrition guidelines for diabetes: low calorie sweeteners do not […]

Low calorie sweeteners can be part of dietary guidelines to help in sugar reduction

Consensus of international experts on the safety, use and benefits of low calorie sweeteners as sugar substitutes Low calorie sweetened foods and beverages can be included in dietary guidelines and recommendations as alternative options to products sweetened with sugar; low calorie sweeteners are safe ingredients with potential benefits for weight management, glucose control in diabetes […]