The World Health Organization recommends not using alternative sweeteners to sugar

2023/05/25 Elhuyar Zientzia Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed out that alternative sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin or stevia are not recommended for weight control. In fact, a comprehensive review of the evidence has concluded that, on the one hand, they are not effective in reducing body fat in the long term and, on the other, their prolonged use can have negative effects. For example, it increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

“Other ways to reduce the consumption of free sugars, such as the consumption of foods with natural sugars, such as fruit or sugar-free foods and beverages, should be taken into account,” said Francesco Branca, WHO Director of Nutrition and Food Safety. “Condiments have no nutritional value. Sweetness in the diet should be reduced, starting with children, to improve their health.”

The recommendation not to use sweeteners is for everyone except for people with diabetes. And you've taken into account the following condiments: Acesulfame K, aspartame, advantamo, cyclamates, neotamo, saccharin, sucralose, stevia and its derivatives. They've collected all the information in a guide.

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