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This section will provide you with useful insight from scientific experts on the role and benefits of low calorie sweeteners in tackling 21st century health challenges.

Please click on the links below to listen to, or read from, each expert on specific topics, ranging from safety of low calorie sweeteners to the importance of physical activity and use of low calorie sweeteners to help manage diabetes, and interesting studies on the benefits of low calorie sweeteners.

    • Interview with Professor Andrew Renwick on benefits of low calorie sweeteners
      Emeritus Professor Andrew Renwick talking at the ISA Conference in Brussels, 2011, explains in this video that low calorie sweeteners are the most thoroughly tested food ingredients, and therefore, why we can be very confident that low calorie sweeteners are safe.
    • Article by Professor Greg Whyte on exercise and weight management
      In his article, Professor Greg Whyte looks at obesity rates, what are the causes and consequences of obesity. He also explains that the best way to lose weight and to maintain weight loss is by a combination of exercise and calorie restriction.
    • Exclusive interview with Prof James Hill on new study on low calorie sweetened beverages and weight loss
      Professor James Hill, leading researcher in a new study, The Effects of Water and Non-Nutritive Sweetened Beverages on Weight Loss During a 12-week Weight Loss Treatment Program, published in the Obesity Journal, explains in exclusive video interview how low and no-calorie sweetened beverages can help people lose weight when used consistently.
    • Consensus statement on the benefits of low calorie sweeteners
      This paper, published in the December issue of Nutrition Bulletin and entitled Consensus statement on benefits of low-calorie sweeteners, has been developed by leading international independent experts in the fields of nutrition, epidemiology, psychology, dentistry, weight management, obesity prevention and treatment and diabetes, and outlines the beneficial role that low calorie sweeteners can play in diet and lifestyle choices.
    • New clinical trial on the effects of low calorie sweetened beverages on body weight
      A new randomized clinical study, published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Obesity’, brings good news to dieters who want keep the sweet taste but not the calories in their weight maintenance programme, as it provides strong evidence that low calorie sweetened beverages can help them to successfully maintain their body weight in the long-term.
    • Drinking low calorie sweetened beverages is associated with a better diet quality and lower energy intake, a new UK study suggests
      A new study published recently in Nutrients confirms previous findings that low calorie sweetened beverage consumption is indeed associated with a healthier diet and lower energy intake, and suggests that these can be part of a healthy eating pattern. It also adds one more proof point that diet drinks do not promote compensation or desire for consumption of sugary foods, but are rather related to lower energy and sugars intake overall and therefore can be a useful tool for both short- and long-term weight management, as a number of previous studies have shown.
    • Low calorie sweeteners are more likely to be used by dieters as a strategy for successful weight management
      A new study published in March 2016 in Nutrition and Diabetes provides important answers to online allegations that low calorie sweeteners (LCS) are related to higher obesity rates rather than helping people to manage their weight, based mostly on conflicting findings of some observational studies. The study by Drewnowski and Rehm showed that actually trying to lose or maintain body weight was one likely predictor of current LCS use. In other words, the study confirms what has been assumed for years, that people troubled by weight management turn to LCS as a strategy for weight control, rather than the other way around. As explained by the authors, this is a typical example of reverse causality.
    • Low calorie sweeteners can help people meet the dietary guidelines
      Establishing new food-based dietary guidelines is not just a worldwide trend, but also a need to move into a more holistic dietary approach. More specifically, the food-based dietary guidelines recognise that a healthy and balanced diet is more that just nutrient requirements, and aim to provide simple messages to the general public on healthy eating in terms of foods and drinks people should consume rather than just nutrients.
    • En direct du congrès de l'AFDN - Entretien avec le Dr Lecerf [FR]
      A l'occasion du congrès de l'AFDN, l'ISA a rencontré le Dr Lecerf, Professeur Associé et Chef du Service de Nutri-tion de l’Institut Pasteur de Lille, qui a abordé le rôle et les bénéfices des édulcorants dans la gestion du poids, mais également l’obésité et ses facteurs de risque, quelques outils pour la gestion du poids, etc.
    • Sucralose consumption does not cause increases in appetite or food intake and can be an effective tool in reducing energy intake for weight management
      Contrary to claims by Wang et al. in a new study in fruit flies, there is a broad body of scientific evidence which clearly demonstrates that low calorie sweeteners do not increase appetite or have any negative impact on energy or food intake in humans. Read ISA response to study by Wang et al.here.
    • New review of the scientific evidence is consistent with regulatory decisions and reaffirms that sucralose is safe and does not cause cancer
      A new comprehensive systematic review, published in September 2016 by Berry et al. in Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal, reviewed all the available evidence and studies testing the safety and carcinogenicity of sucralose and confirmed that the sweetener is safe to consume and does not cause cancer. Read more about this publication here.

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Does low calorie sweetener consumption affect energy intake and body weight?

Prof Peter Rogers takes us through the results of his review published in the International Journal of Obesity in November 2015. The review looked at the effect of low calorie sweeteners’ exposure on calorie intake and body weight. The results indicate that the use of low calorie sweetened beverages leads to reduced energy intake and body weight, and possibly also when compared with water.