New Brochure Highlights the Latest Science on Aspartame Safety and Weight Management

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Contact Matt Raymond or Jania Matthews at 202-296-6540 or media@foodinsight.org

(Washington, D.C., November 22, 2011) — A newly released brochure, Everything You Need to Know About Aspartame offers science-based information on weight management options for consumers and health professionals. The brochure is the product of a collaborative effort between the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.

“With obesity rates among Americans at an all-time high, it is more important than ever to provide simple and useful information about weight management options to consumers,” says Marianne Smith Edge, RD, LD, FADA, IFIC Foundation Senior Vice President, Nutrition and Food Safety. “For example, many people think they have to give up sweets in order to lose weight. However, low-calorie sweeteners can play a role in a weight loss program by providing sweet options that do not contribute extra calories.”

According to AAPA President Robert Wooten, PA-C, “With their generalist medical education, physician assistants bring a preventive eye to patient care across all specialties. As they are helping patients mitigate risk of chronic illness, particularly obesity, they need to know about safe and effective weight management tools like low-calorie sweeteners which can really make a difference when combined with a healthful diet and exercise.”

Everything You Need to Know About Aspartame provides the latest science on aspartame and weight management, safety, food uses and applications, and consumption by various populations. This brochure will help clarify questions from consumers who may have heard conflicting information and want to know what the science says about low-calorie sweeteners and their impact on weight.

Everything You Need to Know About Aspartame is available through both the AAPA and International Food Information Council Foundation websites and also is available in Spanish:

The International Food Information Council Foundation also has several other resources on low-calorie sweeteners available on our website, including:

Facts About Low-Calorie Sweeteners
http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=Facts_about_Low-Calorie_Sweeteners

Everything You Need to Know About Sucralose
http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detail.aspx?topic=Everything_You_Need_to_Know_About_Sucralose

For additional information on Everything You Need to Know About Aspartame or to schedule an interview, please call the International Food Information Council Foundation Media Team at 202-296-6540.

Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for physician assistants. It represents a profession of over 81,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories, and the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants and to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered health care. Visit www.aapa.org to learn more.

The International Food Information Council Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries.   Visit http://www.foodinsight.org