"The World Health Organization on Monday warned against using artificial
sweeteners to control body weight or reduce the risk of noncommunicable
diseases, saying that long-term use is not effective and could pose health
These alternatives to sugar, when consumed long term, do not serve to reduce
body fat in either adults or children, the W.H.O. said in a recommendation,
adding that continued consumption could increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes,
cardiovascular diseases and mortality in adults.
“The recommendation applies to all people except individuals with pre-existing
diabetes and includes all synthetic and naturally occurring or modified
nonnutritive sweeteners that are not classified as sugars found in manufactured
foods and beverages, or sold on their own to be added to foods and beverages by
consumers,” the W.H.O. said.
The W.H.O. recommendation is based on a review of available evidence, the
agency said, and is part of a set of guidelines for healthy diets being rolled
Some examples of the sweeteners include aspartame, saccharin, sucralose and
stevia. The W.H.O.’s announcement contradicts previous studies that have said
these sweeteners don’t offer any health benefits but also do not cause harm.
Nutrition research is constantly evolving and findings are being updated with
stronger data, said Stephanie McBurnett, a registered dietitian and nutrition
educator with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Examining the
effects of saturated fats and other parts of people’s diets may provide more
insight into the overall reasons behind some health issues that have been
blamed on sugar."
Via Lee Rothstein and Kenny Chaffin.
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