The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that sweeteners are not effective for long-term weight control and can have negative effects when used long-term. Some could be: Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and mortality in adults.
As such, WHO advises against the use of non-sugar sweeteners to control body weight or reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases (ENT), according to a guideline published on their official websites.
The recommendation is based on the results of a systematic review of the available evidence, which suggested that “the use of non-sugar sweeteners does not provide any long-term benefit in reducing body fat in adults or children.” The review’s results also suggest that long-term use may have potentially undesirable effects, such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and adult mortality.
Why WHO recommends not to eat sweets
The WHO advises against this and states that, in general, people should reduce sweets from their diet, and do so from an early age, to enjoy better health. “Replacing free sugars (refined and natural present in fruits, honey and others) with sweeteners does not provide any long-term benefit in terms of reducing body fat in adults or children,” said the global public health governing body.
Some specific products that are discouraged include acesulfame K, aspartame, avantame, cyclamates, neotame, saccharin, sucralose, as well as stevia and its derivatives. WHO’s director of nutrition and food safety said, “People need to consider other ways to reduce their consumption of free sugar, such as eating foods that naturally contain sugars, such as fruit, or Foods and drinks that are not sweet.” Branca.
The recommendation applies to all people, except those who already have diabetes. Similarly, the WHO pointed out that this new recommendation includes synthetic, natural or modified sweeteners “that are not classified as sugars found in industrial foods and beverages” or that are separately labeled for addition by the consumer. Is sold.
On the other hand, the organization clarified that its position regarding sweeteners does not apply to personal care or hygiene products, such as toothpaste, skin creams or medicines. It also does not mean low-calorie sugars or sugar alcohols, as these are derivatives of sugar and contain calories, so they are not considered sweeteners.
This set of recommendations is based on the findings of a review of the scientific evidence and is part of the World Health Organization’s efforts to encourage countries to adopt policies that support healthy eating habits and quality diets, which reduce the risk of chronic diseases .