The number of new products containing low calorie sweeteners has grown by 40 percent in the last five years

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The International Sweeteners Association welcomes global market data showing greater choice of low calorie products for consumers

Glasgow, 8th March 2012: The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) has welcomed information that demonstrates significant growth in the global use of all low calorie sweeteners. The 40 percent1 growth since 2007, reflects a year-on-year increase in the number of new products containing low calorie sweeteners, which have been launched to markets around the world.

Commenting on the figures provided by Mintel, a leading global supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence, Hans Heezen, Chairman of the ISA said: “These figures are extremely encouraging and show that around the world, food and drink manufacturers are responding to consumer demands for more lower calorie options. Using low calorie sweeteners to provide people with greater choice and healthier options is very positive. It is also encouraging to see that across the board, all types of low calorie sweeteners are being used more frequently – showing that light and low sugar options are growing in popularity.”

The growth in global use of low calorie sweeteners signals positive steps by the food and drinks industry to providing more low calorie product choices to consumers, which can help people to reduce their daily calorie intake and manage their weight. The growth of these new products also provides a wider range of safe, sweet options for people with diabetes.

Speaking today at the ISA Symposium at the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference, Professor Mike Lean commented: “These figures demonstrate how the industry is responding to a global obesity epidemic and soaring levels of type 2 diabetes. With more low calorie options, people have wider options to satisfy a preference for sweetness. But maintaining a ‘sweet tooth’ may not be the best plan if they have weight problems, as they must also restrict total calorie intakes.”

Low calorie sweeteners have no impact on insulin or blood glucose levels and do not provide any calories. As such, all low calorie sweeteners may have a role for people with type 2 diabetes and for women with gestational diabetes. Low calorie sweeteners offer people with diabetes the pleasure of sweet tastes without the negative side effects. They can also be beneficial for people who are overweight and wish to reduce their calorie intake.

The International Sweeteners Association symposium at the Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference takes place at 6.15pm on Thursday 8th March in the Gala Room. It will consider the literature that suggests benefits from low calorie sweeteners, alongside that which disputes their value in relation to the management of diabetes. It will also address topics including control of glycation and the nutritional management of post-prandial glycaemia and will consider recommendations for sweeteners in diabetes care and weight management.

The session is being moderated by Carrie Ruxton, PhD, RD and the speakers attending are Professor Mike Lean, Chairman of Human Nutrition (School of medicine), University of Glasgow, and Dr Wendy Russell, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen.

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