ATLANTA (May 13, 2013) — A new study recently presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 Conference in San Diego, CA found the use of low-calorie sweeteners resulted in reductions in body weight. Researchers also concluded that the use of products containing low-calorie sweeteners do not lead to weight gain or cravings. For the meta-analysis study, researchers Dr. Vanessa Perez and Dr. Paige Miller reviewed 35 years’ worth of independent studies on the relationship between low-calorie sweeteners and weight status.
During a presentation of their research on April 27, Dr. Perez noted that the study is the most comprehensive scientific evaluation to date of low-calorie sweeteners and body weight and composition. The complete study has been accepted for publication later this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).
“Based on the gold standard study design in medical research — the randomized controlled trial — the results show that using low-calorie sweeteners resulted in statistically significant reductions in body weight, BMI, fat mass, and waist circumference,” says Dr. Perez. With recent headlines stirring debate around the benefits of sweetener alternatives, Perez added the data confirms that using low-calorie sweeteners “does not cause weight gain and may be a useful tool in helping people comply with weight loss and weight management plans.” Perez also added that the data does not support recent hypotheses that low-calorie sweeteners increase appetite or sweet cravings.
Several leading healthcare organizations, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), support the use of low-calorie sweeteners as tools in weight and diabetes management.
“The conclusions from this review support decades of research showing that the use of low-calorie sweeteners can be beneficial in weight loss, while also debunking recent hypotheses of weight gain and cravings,” said Haley Stevens, Ph.D., President of the Calorie Control Council. “Along with proper diet and exercise, consumption of products with low-calorie sweeteners can be part of a healthy lifestyle.”
(Update: The complete study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN).)