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Use of Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight: Facts and Myth

Recorded February 10, 2021

Continuing Education Hours: IAFNS is a 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 until February 10, 2024.

Description: Myths about LCS and effects on appetite and weight have been pervasive for years. Because of the continuing proliferation of studies that yield opposing conclusions, practitioners may err on the side of caution and recommend avoidance of sweeteners. However, given that intake of added sugars continues to be excessive and that humans have an innate desire for sweet, clarity on the evidence is needed to support fact-based recommendations for LCS use for weight-related objectives. In this session, speakers will review their recent systematic review work on questions about the relationship between intake of LCS and weight, and how these results fit into the context of the broader evidence, as well as implications for use of LCS as a tool in weight management.

Webinar program:

Welcome and Introduction

  • Richard Mattes, PhD RDN, Purdue University - Moderator

Effects of nonnutritive sweeteners on body weight and BMI in diverse clinical contexts: Systematic review and meta‐analysis

  • Hugo Laviada-Molina, MD, Marist University of Merida, Mexico

The effects of low-calorie sweeteners on energy intake and body weight: a systematic review and meta-analyses of sustained intervention studies

  • Katherine Appleton, PhD RD, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom

Learning outcomes:

After this presentation, the viewer will be able to:

  • Provide recommendations on the use of LCS as a tool for weight loss and maintenance.
  • Describe the evidence base related to LCS and weight-related outcomes.
  • Describe the importance of comparators used in clinicals studies (i.e. vs. nothing, water, caloric sugars).
  • Describe purported mechanisms underlying relationships between LCS consumption and weight outcomes.

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Understanding Sweetness: Perception, Liking, and the Role of Sweet Taste in a Healthy Eating Plan

Recorded December 2, 2020.

Continuing Education Hours: IAFNS is a 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.

Description:

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 taste in a dietary pattern. Statements about avoidance of sweet include use of low-calorie sweeteners, a tool shown to be useful in reducing added sugars intake. There is an opportunity to communicate what is known about how individuals perceive sweet, alterations due to changes in 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 covered. 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.

Webinar program:

Moderator: Marie Latulippe, MS, RDN, IAFNS

Individual Differences in Sweet Taste: Implications for Nutrition Practitioners

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

Crafting Public Health Messages Around Sweet Taste: The Struggle is Real

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

Learning outcomes:

After this presentation, the viewer will be able to:

  • Articulate the rationale for differences in patient and client responses to sweetness.

  • Provide evidence-based responses to client questions about sweetness in the diet and management of gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and weight.

  • Counsel clients and patients on where and how to identify sweetness in the diet and the role of sweetness in an eating plan that promotes health.

Continuing Education Hours: IAFNS is a 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 until December 2, 2023.

If a CEU certificate is needed, please complete the survey

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Events

NSSRI / IAFNS Briefing

Use of Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Weight: Facts and Myths!

Understanding Sweetness: Perception, Liking and the Role of Sweet Taste in a Healthy Eating Plan

Tools and Tactics for Reducing Added Sugars Intake: Guidance for Practitioners with a Focus on Low-Calorie Sweetener Safety and Appropriate Use

Over 90% of North Americans exceed the recommended intake limit for added sugars. This webinar, hosted jointly by IAFNS and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, focuses on the role of low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) as a tool for reducing intake of added sugars. This webinar will review what is meant by an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for food additives which include LCS, and why it confers protection. Speakers will address approaches for evaluating nutrition research studies that examine LCS and the translation of this information for practice. The AACE perspective on LCS as a dietary management tool will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

Speakers:

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Njwen Anyangwe, PhD

Toxicologist, US Food and Drug Administration

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Brij Makkar, MBBS, MD, FRCP, FACP, FACE

Diabetologist and Obesity Specialist, AACE Obesity & Nutrition Disease State Network Member

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Jennifer van de Ligt, PhD

Senior Consultant, ToxStrategies

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Deepa Handu, PhD, RDN

Senior Scientific Director, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Moderator:

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Marie Latulippe, MS, RDN

Senior Program Manager, IAFNS

View the protocol for the scoping review on the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework.

Learn more about the IAFNS Low-Calorie Sweeteners Committee.

Learn more about the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Think Tank: Measuring Sweetness in Foods, Beverages and Diets

Tools and Tactics for Reducing Added Sugars Intake: Guidance for Practitioners with a Focus on Low-Calorie Sweetener Safety and Appropriate Use

This webinar is approved for 1 CEU by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Over 90% of North Americans exceed the recommended intake limit for added sugars. This webinar, hosted jointly by IAFNS and Diabetes Canada, focuses on the role of low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) as a tool for reducing intake of added sugars. Diabetes Canada has developed a position statement that emphasizes the urgent need for strategies to reduce the intake of added sugars by Canadians, especially those with or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and recognizes that LCS are one viable tool available for added sugars intake reduction.

This webinar will also review what is meant by an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for food additives which include LCS, and why it confers protection. Results of a scoping review of the nutrition literature and the application of the ADI for LCS in that body of work will be presented. Speakers will address how the ADI can be used in nutrition research related to LCS, how to move toward a systematic approach for evaluating LCS intakes in nutrition studies, and the translation of this information for practice. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

Speakers:

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Njwen Anyangwe, PhD

Toxicologist, US Food and Drug Administration

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Joanne Lewis, RD, CDE

Director of Knowledge Innovation, Diabetes Canada

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Daniele Wikoff, PhD

Health Sciences Practice Leader, ToxStrategies

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Deepa Handu, PhD, RDN

Senior Scientific Director, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Moderator:

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Marie Latulippe, MS, RDN

Senior Program Manager, IAFNS

View the protocol for the scoping review on the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework.

Learn more about the IAFNS Low-Calorie Sweeteners Committee.

Learn more about Diabetes Canada.

Publications

Perspective: Measuring Sweetness in Foods, Beverages, and Diets: Toward Understanding the Role of Sweetness in Health

Research Priorities for Studies Linking Intake of Low Calorie Sweeteners and Potentially Related Health Outcomes

Consumption of Low-Calorie Sweeteners Among U.S. Adults Is Associated With Higher Healthy Eating Index (HEI 2005) Scores and More Physical Activity