Heart, Diabetes Groups Issue Statement on Nonnutritive Sweeteners

Published in Physician’s First Watch July 10, 2012.

“When used judiciously,” nonnutritive sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose “could facilitate reductions in added sugars intake, thereby resulting in decreased total energy intake and weight loss/weight control,” according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. The statement, published in Circulation, also suggests potential beneficial effects on glycemic control.

The AHA and ADA note, however, that any possible benefit “will not be fully realized” if individuals consume extra calories elsewhere. In addition, the groups say the current evidence is insufficient to make any definitive conclusions at this time.

The statement did not address the safety of nonnutritive sweeteners. Read more