Food Myths & Facts

08Apr07

MYTH: Low-calorie sweeteners have an effect on appetite and promote weight gain.

FACT: Research on the effect of consuming foods and beverages containing aspartame, for example, has not been shown to increase food intake or hunger in children, nor does it indicate an increase in food intake in normal weight or overweight adults. Additional studies in overweight individuals showed improved body weight when they consumed a diet that included foods sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners instead of foods sweetened with sugar. In fact, low-calorie sweeteners can be an essential tool in weight management when used as part of the caloric equation for the general population and help to achieve the calorie goals/limits of people with diabetes

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