The World Health Organization has published a new guideline on artificial sweeteners that advises against their use to control body weight or reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases.
based on recommendation Results of a systematic review of the available evidence, suggesting that the use of artificial sweeteners does not provide no long term benefits To reduce body fat in adults or children. The results of the review also suggest that it may be possible undesirable effects long term use such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and adult mortality.
Artificial Sweeteners Don’t Help With Weight Control
“Replacing free sugars with artificial sweeteners does not seem to help with long-term weight control. People should consider other ways to reduce free sugar intake, such as eating foods with natural sugars, such as fruit, or unsweetened foods and beverages,” she says. Francesco Branca, WHO director of nutrition and food safety. “They are not essential dietary factors and have no nutritional value. People The sweetness of the diet should be completely reduced, From an early age, to improve their health.
The recommendation applies to everyone who has pre-diabetes, and Contains all synthetic and natural or modified non-nutritive sweeteners that are not classified as sugars and are found in manufactured foods and beverages, or sold directly to consumers for addition to foods and beverages. The most common non-nutritive sweeteners are Acesulfame K, Aspartame, Advantame, Cyclamates, Neotame, Saccharin, Sucralose, Stevia and Stevia derivatives.
Exceptions and consequences are conditioned for each context
This recommendation does not apply to hygiene and personal care products that contain this type of sweetener, such as toothpaste, skin creams and medicines, Nor do low-calorie sugars and sugar alcohols (polyols), which are sugars or sugar derivatives that contain calories and are therefore not considered as such.
Because the evidence-observed link between artificial sweeteners and disease outcomes may be confounded by baseline characteristics of study participants and complex patterns of use of these products, The recommendation has been assessed as conditional, Follow WHO procedures for guideline development. This indicates that policy decisions may need to be made based on this recommendation. pithy discussion In specific national contexts, it is linked, for example, to the extent of consumption in different age groups.
This guideline is part of a set of existing and future guidelines on healthy diet that aim to Establish lifelong healthy eating habits, improve diet quality and reduce risk of non-communicable diseases Whole world.