Non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS), or artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and saccharin may help in limiting carbs and added sugars to the diet.
However, research regarding their efficacy in cutting calories, reducing dietary sugar and losing weight remains inconclusive, according to a joint study from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association released on July 10.
“When you use these non-nutritive sweeteners smartly, they will help you cut back on sugar and calories,” said Christopher Gardner, PhD, who chaired the writing group for the joint statement.
But “if you choose a beverage sweetened with non-nutritive sweetener, replacing the 150 calories of a sugar sweetened drink, and then indulge in a 300 calorie cookie later in the day, you’re going to end up eating more calories than you subtracted,” he added.
Health experts note consuming protein rich foods, which create a feeling of fullness, is a doable alternative.
“[The] potential benefits [of NNSs] will not be fully realized if there is a compensatory increase in energy intake from other sources,” the study concluded.
by RTT Staff Writer