Washington, DC, USA
December 12, 2019

While low-calorie sweeteners have been a valuable tool in helping meet consumer and public health desire for added sugar reduction, several health authorities – who advocate for sugar reduction solutions – have growing concern regarding sweetness habituation. It is important to better understand the impact of consuming sweet diets and foods on appetite and desire for sweetness, as well the impact on diet quality and energy intake, body weight, blood glucose control, and negative downstream health consequences. A standardized sweetness measurement tool may be useful to address these questions raised about the health effects of sweetness.

This Think Tank is part of a step-wise approach toward academic, government, and industry consensus around best approaches for measuring sweetness in foods, beverages, and the diet.


Welcome, Introduction and BackgroundVideo
Johanna Dwyer, Tufts University
David Klurfeld, USDA-ARS

How Sweet?!: America’s Complicated Cultural Relationship with SweetnessVideo
Nadia Berenstein, Independent Scholar & Food Science Historian

A Historical, Regulatory, and Public Health Perspective on SweetnessVideo
Paula Trumbo, FDA (retired)

Bitter Realities in Measuring Sweet Taste Video
Suzanne Pecore, P&D Consulting, ASTM E-18 Representative

What are the Health-related Questions that Need to be Answered? – Video
Katherine Appleton, Bournemouth University, U.K.

Introduction to Methods for Measuring the Intensity of SweetnessVideo
Paul Wise, Monell Chemical Senses Center

A Proposed Way Forward: How Can Current Knowledge or New Tools be Utilized to Understand Sweetness as Related to Diet and Health?Video
Kees de Graaf, Wageningen University


This event is supported by the IAFNS Low-Calorie Sweeteners Committee.