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A helpful and safe tool for diabetes management

Both the American Diabetes Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics state that the use of no-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, and stevia can be used as a safe tool for diabetes and weight management.1,2

Sugary desserts are often high in calories, fat and carbohydrate; but if you have diabetes, they can impact blood sugar levels—making enjoying the occasional dessert a meal planning hassle. But there’s sweet news: Swapping no-calorie sweeteners for sugar is safe and can give you more flexibility with your food choices and health goals.

No-calorie sweeteners—sometimes referred to as artificial, low-calorie, or non-caloric sweeteners—can be a tool to help you safely manage both your diabetes meal planning and your weight. They give you the sweetness you want with minimal or no carbohydrate per serving. Plus, with few or no calories per serving, they can help with weight management.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several no-calorie sweetening ingredients—including aspartame, acesulfame-K, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose—as safe for consumption. But even so, it’s often hard to separate the truth from the tales. It’s time to set the record straight.

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No-calorie sweeteners may increase your blood sugar levels.

Studies have shown that no-calorie sweeteners do not cause the sugar levels in your blood to rise.*

*Other ingredients in foods containing no-calorie sweeteners may have effects on blood sugar, so it’s important to look at food labels to understand the total calories and carbohydrate.3

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No-calorie sweeteners may cause you to crave sweets.

No-calorie sweeteners do not lead to increased sugar cravings.4

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No-calorie sweeteners can cause you to gain weight.

Consuming no-calorie sweeteners in place of sugar saves calories and does not cause increased appetite or weight gain.

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No-calorie sweeteners can’t help you lose weight.

Studies have shown that using no calorie sweeteners may help you lose weight.5,6


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  2. American Diabetes Association. Nutrition recommendations and interventions for diabetes: a position statement of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care. 2008;31(Suppl 1):S61-S78.
  3. Evert AB, Boucher JL, Cypress M, et al. Nutrition therapy recommendations for the management of adults with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2014;37(Suppl 1):S120-S143.
  4. Piernas C, Tate D, Wang X, Popkin BM. Does diet-beverage intake affect dietary consumption patterns?
    Results from the Choose Healthy Options Consciously Everyday (CHOICE) randomized clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;97:604-611.
  5. Tate DF, Turner-McGrievy G, Lyons E, et al. Replacing caloric beverages with water or diet beverages for weight loss in adults: main results of the Choose Healthy Options Consciously Everyday (CHOICE) randomized clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95:555-563.
  6. Peters JC, Wyatt HR, Foster GD, et al. The effects of water and non-nutritive sweetened beverages on weight loss during a 12-week weight loss treatment program. Obesity. 2014;22(6):1415-1421.
  7. Gardner C, Wylie-Rosett J, Gidding SS, et al. Nonnutritive sweeteners: current use and health perspectives: a scientifi c statement from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Circulation. 2012;126:509-519.