Access Unlocked Monday May 15, 2023 The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a statement recommending not to use non-sugar sweeteners (NSS), to control body weight or reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
WHO’s recommendation is based on their findings of systematic evidence, which shows there may be an increase of risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mortality in adults.
“Replacing free sugars with NSS does not help with weight control in the long term. People need to consider other ways to reduce free sugars intake, such as consuming food with naturally occurring sugars, like fruit, or unsweetened food and beverages,” says Francesco Branca, WHO Director for Nutrition and Food Safety. “NSS are not essential dietary factors and have no nutritional value. People should reduce the sweetness of the diet altogether, starting early in life, to improve their health.”