Understanding Sweetness Webinar
Virtual, Webinar
December 2, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

As a means of addressing excess intakes of added sugars and the link to obesity, authoritative guidance (e.g., from the Pan America Health Organization, Health Canada and others) includes avoidance of sweet tastes in our diets. Some official statements about avoidance of sweet include use of low-calorie sweeteners, a tool shown to be useful in reducing added sugars intake.

There is growing interest in how individuals perceive sweet, alterations due to physiology, and implications for health. Reconciling current messages about sweet taste given individual variability and the role of sweet in a healthy eating plan will be addressed.

Finally, speakers will review some of the research gaps toward better understanding the role of sweetness to support optimal public health messaging and nutrition counseling.


Beverly J Tepper, PhD, Head of the Sensory Evaluation Laboratory, Director of the Center for Sensory Sciences & Innovation, Department of Food Science, Rutgers University

Robin M. Tucker, PhD, RD, FAND, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University

A recording of this webinar is available here.

Continuing Education Hours: IAFNS is an approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 1.0 Continuing Professional Education unit (CPEU) for completion of this recorded webinar.

See the page here for more information.