Are Low-Calorie Sweeteners Good or Bad for You?

Marquita Adams, consumer, Alexandria VA.

Chris Brown, consumer, Aurora OH.

FDA: �œAdditional Information about High-Intensity Sweeteners Permitted for Use in Food in the United States.”

Sweeteners: �œSugar Alcohols as Sugar Substitutes in Food Industry.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: �œConsumption of Low-Calorie Sweeteners among Children and Adults in the United States.”

Allison Sylvetsky, PhD, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, D.C.

International Journal of Obesity: �œDoes low-energy sweetener consumption affect energy intake and body weight? A systematic review, including meta-analyses, of the evidence from human and animal studies.”

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: �œReplacing caloric beverages with water or diet beverages for weight loss in adults: main results of the Choose Healthy Options Consciously Everyday (CHOICE) randomized clinical trial.”

Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism: �œArtificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements.”

Physiology & Behavior: �œMetabolic effects of non-nutritive sweeteners.”

Diabetes Care: �œChanges in Consumption of Sugary Beverages and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and Subsequent Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Results From Three Large Prospective U.S. Cohorts of Women and Men.”

Stroke: �œArtificially Sweetened Beverages and Stroke, Coronary Heart Disease, and All-Cause Mortality in the Women�™s Health Initiative.”

The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal Watch: �œDiet Soft Drink Intake Tied to Stroke, Dementia Risk.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: �œPosition of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Use of Nutritive and Nonnutritive Sweeteners.”


Debbie Petitpain, registered dietitian nutritionist; media spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; wellness director, Office of Health Promotion, Medical University of South Carolina.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture: �œ2015�“2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 8th Edition.”

Food Surveys Research Group, Dietary Data Brief No. 18: �œAdded Sugars Intake of Americans: What

We Eat in America, NHANES 2013-2014.”

Sandra Arevalo, registered dietitian nutritionist; media spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; director of community and patient education, Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Nyack, NY. �œTruvia Ingredients.”

Circulation: �œLong-Term Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and Risk of Mortality in US Adults.” �œAre artificial sweeteners safe for kids?”

Healthy �œSweeteners and sugar substitutes: Parent FAQs.”


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