Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Safety and Benefits of Sucralose Confirmed by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Great news for sucralose lovers! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, recently reaffirmed the safety and benefits of low calorie sweeteners. As I've said a million times, low calorie sweeteners (especially sucralose), are great options when you want to lower your daily sugar intake -and they can be part of a healthy diet or weight maintenance plan.

Specifically on sucralose, AND concluded:

"Sucralose does not increase food intake. Modest energy savings can result if sucralose replaces sugar-sweetened products in a form that is also lower energy."


"Limited research in human beings, from peer reviewed journals, did not find an association between adverse effects and the intake of sucralose in the general population."

The Academy offers these suggestions for healthfully consuming nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners, including:
  • Enjoy the sweet taste of foods and beverages but keep your calorie count lower by choosing from the variety of low- and reduced-calorie sweeteners approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • As part of a healthful eating plan as outlined in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, safely enjoy the range of calorie-containing and low-calorie sweeteners in foods and beverages. 
Read more about the position paper on the Calorie Control website, here.

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