World Health Organization The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a new guide with recommendations on non-sugar sweeteners, in which it advises against their use to control body weight or reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases.
The warning is based on the results of a systematic review of the available evidence, which suggests that the use of non-sugar sweeteners provides no long-term benefit in reducing body fat in adults or children.
Apart from this, the report also argues that it may be possible undue influence Long-term use of these sweeteners, such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and adult mortality.
“Replacing free sugars with sweets does not seem to help control weight in the long term. People should consider other ways to reduce their intake of free sugars, such as eating foods with natural sugars, such as fruit, or unsweetened foods and beverages. Francesco brancaWHO Director of Nutrition and Food Security in Guide Dissemination Note.
The recommendation includes all synthetic and natural or modified non-nutritive sweeteners that are not classified as sugars.
“Sugar-free sweeteners are not an essential dietary component and lack nutritional value, People should eliminate sweeteners from their diet from an early age to improve their health,” says the expert.
The advice is for everyone except people with pre-existing diabetes and includes everyone Synthetic and natural or modified non-nutritive sweeteners Those not classified as sugars are found in manufactured foods and beverages, or are sold directly to consumers in addition to foods and beverages.
The most common non-nutritive sweeteners are acesulfame-K, aspartame, advantage, cyclamates, neotame, saccharin, sucralose, stevia, and their derivatives.
The most common non-nutritive sweeteners are aspartame, cyclamates, saccharin, sucralose, or stevia.
However, the warning does not affect Hygiene and personal care products Contain non-sugar sweeteners, such as toothpaste, skin creams, and medicines. It also does not apply to low-calorie sugars and sugar alcohols (polyols), which are sugars or sugar derivatives that contain calories and are therefore not considered unsweetened sweeteners.
Because the link observed in the evidence between non-sugar sweeteners and disease outcomes may be conditioned by baseline characteristics of study participants and confounding patterns of sweetener use, the recommendation is evaluated. Conditional follow WHO procedures for the development of such guidance.
This means that specific national contexts involving regulatory decisions based on this recommendation may require in-depth discussion, for example, at the level of consumption in different age groups.
The WHO guidance on unsweetened sweeteners is part of a set of current and future standards for healthy diets, which aim to set healthy eating habits for life, improve the quality of diet, and reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases worldwide