As concerns regarding the link between added sugars and obesity risk rise, there is increasing interest in low-calorie sweeteners (LCSs) as a common replacement of added sugars to help reduce total energy intake and reduce excess body weight. In 2012, a joint scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association (AHA/ADA) concluded that, at that time, there were insufficient data to determine conclusively whether the use of LCSs to displace caloric sweeteners in beverage and food reduces added sugars or carbohydrate intake, or modifies appetite, energy balance, body weight, or cardiometabolic risk factors. This project aims to identify and prioritize the direction of future research for LCS intakes and health outcomes.
Institution: Tufts University
Principal Investigator: Mei Chung, PhD
Amount Awarded: $60,000
Year Awarded: 2014
Learn more about the IAFNS Low-Calorie Sweeteners Committee.