Expert consensus on low-calorie sweeteners: facts, research gaps and suggested actions
A substantial body of evidence reviewed by regulatory food safety agencies around the world confirm the safety of low/no calorie sweeteners (LNCS).
When used in place of sugars, they can help reduce calorie intake and assist weight/ diabetes management.
In people with and without diabetes, LNCS have no adverse effect on blood glucose and insulin regulation (HbA1c, fasting and post-prandial glucose and insulin levels).
There is a need to research and develop evidence-based strategies to communicate facts to consumers, health professionals and policy makers.
Experts agree that with the reduction in the intake of sugars being recommended globally to lower the risk and prevalence of obesity, LCS is a strategy to consider.
Efforts should be made to understand and, where possible, reconcile policy discrepancies between organizations and reduce regulatory hurdles that impede product development and reformulation designed to reduce sugars and calories.
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