Low calorie sweeteners are ingredients that give foods and drinks a sweet taste but have far fewer calories than sugar. Also known as artificial sweeteners, examples include aspartame, acesulfame K, saccharin, sucralose and stevia.
Although low calorie sweeteners have been approved as safe many times and have been the subject of extensive scientific research, consumers remain confused about their role in the diet. A YouGov Survey commissioned by the British Nutrition Foundation found that many people are unsure about how to use low calorie sweeteners, unclear if they are beneficial for weight loss and concerned about their safety.
To address this, we have created a brand new video ‘Understanding Low-Calorie Sweeteners’. It has been developed to provide useful information for health professionals and consumers on the safety and benefits of low calorie sweeteners.
In April 2010, the British Nutrition Foundation held a conference entitled ‘The Science of Low Calorie Sweeteners – Separating Fact from Fiction’, at which leading experts in the field presented the scientific research on low calorie sweeteners. Speaker presentations, a discussion of a panel of experts at the end of the event and 10 key facts summarising the discussions at this conference can be found here.
Factsheets for health professionals and consumers, as well as answers to some of the most common questions about low calorie sweeteners, are also available to download here.