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17 July 2017

New study on sweeteners ignores existing scientific research

This week, the University of Manitoba, Canada, released a study claiming artificial sweeteners may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

In reference to the research, the University of Monitoba adds “further research is needed to fully characterise the long-term risks and benefits of non-nutritive sweeteners.”

Gavin Partington, Director General at British Soft Drinks Association, said: 

"Low and no-calorie sweeteners have been deemed safe by all leading health authorities in the world, including the European Food Safety Authority.

"These claims, from the University of Monitoba, run contrary to the substantial body of scientific research which shows how low-calorie sweeteners can help people to reduce their calorie intake and manage their weight."