IFIC Foundation Statement: New Study Showing Greater Weight Loss in Those Consuming Low-Calorie Sweetened Beverages Aligns with Broader Body of Research

Today a study was published by researchers at Temple University and University of Colorado, Denver on low-calorie sweeteners and weight, which found that, compared with those who drank water, people who drank beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners lost more weight, felt less hungry, and saw significant reductions in total and LDL cholesterol levels.

The 12-week, randomized-controlled trial (RCT – the gold standard for clinical research) was conducted with 303 people who were primarily overweight women. The study compared one group that drank at least 24 fluid ounces of water per day (and no diet beverages) with a group that drank at least 24 oz. of diet beverages, such as diet sodas, teas, and flavored waters per day. Both groups consumed similar diets and had similar physical activity levels, with the primary difference being their consumption of diet beverages vs. water.

The researchers found the diet beverage-drinking group lost 13 pounds, compared to a nine pound loss by the water drinkers. In addition, the diet beverage drinkers reported feeling less hungry and experienced significantly greater reductions in their total and LDL cholesterol compared to those that didn’t drink diet beverages.

“This study is consistent with the compelling body of evidence established over several years that has found low-calorie sweeteners to be useful tools in managing weight,” said Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, FAND, Senior Vice President, Nutrition and Food Safety at the International Food Information Council Foundation. “While not a magic bullet, low-calorie sweeteners can play a role in effective weight management. Thanks to low-calorie sweeteners, people trying to lose weight can have sweet-tasting choices and still enjoy their food.”

The vast majority of clinical research on low-calorie sweeteners shows they can aid in weight loss or weight management. By consuming low-calorie sweeteners in place of regular sweeteners, people can reduce their calorie intake, which is a critical component for weight loss.

For more information on low-calorie sweeteners and weight management, visit the following IFIC Foundation resources:

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