Recommendations for the Use of Non-Caloric Sweeteners
San Antonio, TX, Recommendations from scientific societies have confirmed that non-caloric sweetenersare safe if daily dietary intake is within the levels established by the regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The article A current and global review of sweeteners; regulatory aspects says that due to the high incidence of chronic diseases, in particular obesity, sweeteners could be an alternative strategy in dietary treatment, as well as both a primary and secondary preventative measure in the treatment of this condition.
However, and despite the need for higher quality clinical research, sweeteners should be used with moderation: we should not forget to combine them with a healthy active lifestyle. We need to avoid indiscriminate use of them, as their potential interest as a tool for preventing excess weight, even in the healthy population who want to take care of their health, has not been proven with evidence that supports their beneficial effects over the alternative standard caloric sweeteners.
The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that any individual can use them safely but only if they form part of a diet based on dietary recommendations, while the FDA says that irrespective of non-caloric sweetener use in the diet, it is essential to increase the degree of physical activity in order to maintain body weight.
Currently, one of the best options of non-caloric sweeteners of natural origin is the extract from the stevia plant. As a zero-calorie sweetener, the stevia extract can be a sensible part of a healthful dietary approach. Dr. Priscilla Samuel, from the Global Stevia Institute (GSI), states that stevia can be a powerful tool to reduce energy and sugar intake, which can contribute to reduce overweight. Most global regulatory organizations, including the FDA, have determined stevia extract to be safe for human consumption with an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI)expressed in steviol equivalents of up to 4 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day.
- García Almeida, J.M. Gracia M.ª Casado Fdez. and J. García Alemán: A current and global review of sweeteners; regulatory aspects. Nutrición Hospitalaria, 2013.
SVETIA® Calorie – Free Sweetener is made with cane sugar and stevia extract. One packet of SVETIA® contains only one gram of carbohydrates. People with diabetes are advised to check with their registered dietitian or physician.