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. Despite research that has demonstrated weight loss or weight maintenance in those who consume foods and beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners in place of calorie-containing sweeteners, a few studies that indicated a link between low-calorie sweeteners and weight gain have caused some to question their impact on weight.
Food and nutrition experts address these questions in the videos below, which are taken from interviews filmed during the International Life Sciences Institute of North America (ILSI North America) Workshop, “Low-Calorie Sweeteners, Appetite, and Weight Control: What the Science Tells Us” in Washington, DC on April 7-8, 2011.
John Fernstrom, PhD, Research Director at the UPMC Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine discusses the science on low-calorie sweeteners and whether the evidence supports a connection to weight gain and obesity.
John Fernstrom, PhD, Research Director at the UPMC Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine explains the role of low-calorie sweeteners in weight management when used in conjunction with other healthy lifestyle practices.
Rachel Lindstrom, PhD, Executive Director, America on the Move Foundation discusses low-calorie sweeteners and other tools for weight management.
Rachel Lindstrom, PhD, Executive Director, America on the Move Foundation provides practical approaches to weight loss that can be incorporated into daily life.
For more information on low-calorie sweeteners and weight, please visit:
Facts about Low-Calorie Sweeteners
Low Calorie Sweeteners: An Important Tool in Weight Management
The Lowdown on Low-Calorie Sweeteners CPE Program
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