Videos Give the Real Scoop on Low-Calorie Sweeteners

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. However, myths and misinformation about their safety and role in weight management have led to confusion and uncertainty about their use.

The video segments below, which were produced by Everwell/MediVista and are brought to you by the IFIC Foundation, help set the record straight and address some of consumers’ most common questions about low-calorie sweetener safety, their use for weight management, and their role in a healthful diet.

In the videos, Carolyn O’Neil, a well-known Registered Dietitian and former host of CNN’s “On the Menu,” discusses a variety of topics related to low-calorie sweeteners such as:

  • Achieving Weight Management: The Role of Low-Calorie Sweeteners
  • Aspartame Facts and Fiction
  • The Truth About Sucralose and Health
  • The Low-Down on Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight
  • The Sweet Facts about Cooking with Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Achieving Weight Management: The Role of Low-Calorie Sweeteners


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Aspartame Facts and Fiction


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The Truth About Sucralose and Health


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The Low-Down on Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight


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The Sweet Facts About Cooking With Low-Calorie Sweeteners


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Expert Bio:

Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, has more than 20 years of study and television reporting on food, nutrition, and cuisine and has provided consumers with helpful information and insights on all aspects of healthy living. She is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition and communication from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in foods and nutrition from Florida State University.

O'Neil works independently as a writer, speaker, media consultant, spokesperson, and television professional specializing in food, nutrition, and cuisine. She writes a weekly column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Healthy Eating Out" and is an AOL Diet Coach with online diet and nutrition workshops. O'Neil can also be seen as a recurring nutrition expert character, "Lady of the Refrigerator," on Alton Brown's Food Network series Good Eats.  

O'Neil founded and developed CNN’s food and nutrition beat and served as executive producer and senior correspondent for CNN's award-winning "On The Menu" programming. In 1995, O'Neil won two James Beard Awards, which spotlight the best in television food journalism, and in 1998 was inducted into the James Beard Who's Who in Food and Beverage.

Additional Resources on Low-Calorie Sweeteners:

Facts About Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Expert Perspectives on Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight (videos)