Why is this research valuable?
Low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) are used in a variety of beverages and foods to provide sweet taste without calories. Questions have been raised about the impact of LCS on sweet taste conditioning, impact on hunger and satiety, efficacy in weight management, and patterns of use by the general population and by young people. More recently, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) “recommends these food ingredients be considered as an option for managing body weight." At the same time, evidence for associations of LCS beverages with adiposity in adults and children was graded as limited. Given that the DGAC also recommended that the limit for added sugars in the diet be reduced from 10 to less than 6 percent of energy, there is an opportunity to develop evidence around the potential role for LCS in meeting this guideline and supporting alignment with recommended eating patterns toward optimal health.
Ajinomoto North America, Inc.
Keurig Dr Pepper
Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD, Tufts Medical Center
John Fernstrom, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Connie Weaver, PhD, Purdue University and Weaver & Associates Consulting LLC
Njwen Anyangwe, PhD, US Food and Drug Administration
Projects Supported by the Committee:
Repeated exposures to sweet vs. non-sweet beverages revealed no increase in sweet food consumption after drinking the test beverages.
This process identified the research questions related to low-calorie sweeteners that will have the largest public health impact are those that address outcomes related to body weight, appetite, and dietary intake.
Using the topic of low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) and selected health outcomes, this paper describes the process of creating an evidence-map database.
LCS use was more common among populations with a lower burden of obesity and related chronic disease, specifically, non-Hispanic whites and those with more education/higher incomes.
This workshop will address perceptions of sweetness and how that fits into a nutritious diet.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is hosting its annual conference online featuring a variety of sessions on scientific issues, dietary recommendations and emerging evidence.
The effects of low-calorie sweeteners on the gut-microbiome is the focus of this Sept. 25 webinar at noon Eastern time.
This Think Tank is part of a stepwise approach toward academic, government, and industry consensus around best approaches for measuring sweetness in foods, beverages, and the diet.
This webinar, hosted jointly by ILSI North America and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, will provide guidance for practitioners on reducing added sugars intake, including low-calorie sweetener safety and appropriate use.