Low- & no-calorie sweeteners

The use of low- and no-calorie sweeteners (LNCS) helps consumers to enjoy sweetness while managing sugars and calories in their everyday lives. Because they taste good and are low in calories/calorie free, people are more likely to combine them with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle and stick to their dietary goals for weight management.

According to all leading health authorities in the world, including the European Food Safety Authority, LNCS are safe.

In March 2017, the UK Government and Public Health England publicly endorsed the use of LNCS as a safe alternative to reduce sugar in food and drink and help people manage their weight. That position has not been changed.

LNCS are among the most thoroughly-researched ingredients worldwide. They can only be used after approval has been obtained from the European Food Safety Authority, based on its vigorous assessment. A consumer benefit must also be shown before a LNCS is added to the permitted list of sweeteners.

The use of LNCS helped soft drinks manufacturers deliver a 43.5% reduction in take-home sugar between March 2014 and March 2020 (Kantar Worldpanel).

Materials

1. Managing Diabetes (fact-sheet)

2. Know Your Gut (fact-sheet)

3. Sweeteners 101 (fact-sheet)

4. Weight Management (help-sheet)

5. Explanatory pamphlet

6. Sweeteners FAQs

7. Professor Jason Halford discussing sweetness and appetite. Prof Halford was speaking as part of the British Soft Drinks Association's scientific advisory panel on low- and no-calorie sweeteners to an audience of health practitioners:

8. Professor Ian Rowland discussing low- and no-calorie sweeteners and gut health. Prof Rowland was speaking as part of the British Soft Drinks Association's scientific advisory panel on low- and no-calorie sweeteners to an audience of health practitioners: 

 9. Dr Paul McArdle discussing low- and no-calorie sweeteners and diabetes. Dr McArdle was speaking as part of the British Soft Drinks Association's scientific advisory panel on low- and no-calorie sweeteners to an audience of health practitioners:

10. Helen Bond discussing the perception and coverage of low- and no-calorie sweeteners. Bond was speaking as part of the British Soft Drinks Association's scientific advisory panel on low- and no-calorie sweeteners to an audience of health practitioners:

 11. Professor Jason Halford, Dr Paul McArdle and Helen Bond discussing low- and no-calorie sweeteners, media representation and safety. They were speaking as part of the British Soft Drinks Association's scientific advisory panel on low- and no-calorie sweeteners to an audience of health practitioners:

12. Professor Jason Halford, Professor Ian Rowland and Dr Paul McArdle discuss low- and no-calorie sweetener research. They were speaking as part of the British Soft Drinks Association's scientific advisory panel on low- and no-calorie sweeteners to an audience of health practitioners:

13. Helen Bond discussing safety and low- and no-calorie sweeteners. Bond was speaking as part of the British Soft Drinks Association's scientific advisory panel on low- and no-calorie sweeteners to an audience of health journalists: