NATIONAL OBESITY FORUM (UK) REPORT ON LOW CALORIE SWEETENERS

NATIONAL OBESITY FORUM (UK) REPORT ON LOW CALORIE SWEETENERS

This is an article from The National Obesity Forum which give another side the the sweetener debate. One detail I find worrying is that this report and the round table discussion were sponsered by Coca-Cola. The arguement against high concentrations of suger in foods has been won and it seems to me that a major soft drinks manufacturer would be terrified of bans and health scares relating to sweeteners as this is the area into with they must push their product if they are to survive on their current business model. So just how much could this multi billion dollar business have influenced the report of an organisation? Maybe not at all, but Coca Cola and the National Forum for Obesity seem unlikely bed fellows!

Consumption of low calorie sweeteners (LCSs) is increasing, but questions remain around their role as a potential tool for weight management. The existing evidence regarding the effect of LCSs on energy balance, appetite, food intake and glycaemic response, and their role in weight management was recently reviewed during a roundtable meeting of representatives from the National Obesity Forum.

The key conclusions and practical tips around the effective use of LCSs in weight management for healthcare professionals, as discussed during the meeting, form a new discussion document by the Forum. The document, entitled “The role of low calorie sweeteners in weight management: Evidence and practicalities”,summarises the evidence for the use of LCSs in weight management while also addressing some of the common misunderstandings surrounding their use. In summary, the evidence reviewed suggests that LCSs are an appropriate tool for weight management with few, if any, discernable negative effects and some potential benefits.

The document was published as a supplement to this month’s edition of Diabetes Digest, and a PDF version can be obtained by clicking here.

The complete list of papers reviewed by the authors for the purposes of this supplement can be accessed here.

Acknowledgement: This document and the roundtable meeting of the authors upon which it is based were supported by Thirst for Knowledge, an educational initiative for healthcare professionals funded by Coca-Cola Great Britain. If you would like to receive updates on other Thirst for Knowledge initiatives, please contactthirstforknowledge@coca-cola.com.

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