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Low Calorie Sweeteners

Low-calorie sweeteners have been the subject of extensive scientific research looking at their effect on a variety of health conditions. Low-calorie sweeteners have been consumed in food and beverage products, as well as in tabletop form, for many years. The approved low-calorie sweeteners and those that are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) have been reviewed and determined to be safe for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Low-calorie sweeteners provide consumers with a broader selection of low-calorie, palatable foods, and offer a sweet alternative for people with diabetes, who must monitor their carbohydrate and sugar intakes carefully. Low-calorie sweeteners can also play a role in a weight management plan that incorporates healthful food choices and regular exercise.  With conflicting information causing confusion and the perpetuation of myths and misperceptions, the following science-based resources set the record straight on low-calorie sweetener safety and use.


Low-Calorie Sweetener Resources
 

  • Observational Study Does Not Show Causal Relationship between Diet Soda Consumption, Risk of Heart Disease | 3/31/2014

    An unpublished study regarding diet soda consumption and heart disease risk in postmenopausal women contributes nothing new to the scientific evidence regarding the safety of low-calorie sweeteners. Its promotion ahead of the peer-review process increases the chance that incomplete or inaccurate information will be taken as fact, leading to unnecessary confusion among consumers. more »

  • Facts about Low-Calorie Sweeteners | 9/3/2013

    Low-calorie sweeteners (sometimes referred to as non-nutritive sweeteners, artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes) are ingredients added to food to provide sweetness without adding a significant amount of calories. In fact, they can also play an important role in a weight management program that includes both good nutrition choices and physical activity. more »

  • European Food Safety Authority Releases Draft Scientific Opinion on Aspartame and Requests Public Comment | 1/9/2013

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the safety of the low-calorie sweetener aspartame. EFSA's scientific experts have drawn upon all available information on aspartame and its breakdown products and, following a detailed and methodical analysis, concluded in this draft opinion that aspartame poses no toxicity concern for consumers at current levels of exposure. more »

  • Videos Give the Real Scoop on Low-Calorie Sweeteners | 10/24/2012

    Low-calorie sweeteners (also sometimes referred to as artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes)provide consumers with a broad selection of safe, low-calorie, good-tasting foods, and offer a sweet alternative for people with diabetes (as well as those with a sweet tooth). They can also play a role in a weight management plan that incorporates healthful food choices and regular exercise. more »

  • Sweet Taste, Without The Calories | 9/13/2012

    Trying to cut back on calories or carbohydrates (carbs) but like foods that taste sweet? Try non-nutritive sweeteners! They are commonly called sugar substitutes, no-calorie sweeteners, sugar replacements, artificial sweeteners or are referred to by their package color: pink, blue or yellow. more »

  • Everything You Need to Know About Stevia Sweeteners | 8/27/2012

    Many people may think they have to give up sweets in order to lose or maintain their weight. However, low-calorie sweeteners such as stevia sweeteners offer a way to reduce calories in sweet tasting foods and beverages, which may help you manage your weight. They also offer a way for people with diabetes to decrease overall carbohydrate intake. more »

  • Expert Perspectives on Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight | 1/11/2012

    Low-calorie sweeteners (sometimes referred to as non-nutritive sweeteners, artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes) are ingredients added to food to provide sweetness without adding a significant amount of calories. Low-calorie sweeteners have been the subject of extensive scientific research looking at a variety of health conditions, including weight. more »

  • Everything You Need to Know About Aspartame | 1/11/2012

    Aspartame is a low-calorie sweetener used in foods and beverages in more than 100 countries around the world. It is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. The calories in foods can be substantially reduced, and in some products eliminated, by using aspartame in place of sugar. more »

  • 2011 Food & Health Survey Webcast: CPE Information | 9/1/2011

    For all Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians Registered, the LIVE, “IFIC Foundation 2011 Food and Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes toward Food Safety, Nutrition and Health” webinar is approved for 1.5 CPEs. The LIVE Cook it Safe: Practical Strategies to Reduce Foodborne Illness webinar is approved for 1 CPE. more »

  • 2011 Food & Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes Toward Food Safety, Nutrition & Health | 9/1/2011

    The International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2011 Food and Health Survey takes an extensive look at what Americans are doing regarding their eating and health habits and food safety practices. more »

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