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Low-Calorie Sweeteners


The Committee seeks to improve and communicate the physiological, metabolic, and cognitive/behavioral science of low-calorie sweeteners (LCS); the general understanding of the role of LCS in dietary management; and evaluate how the consumption of LCS can contribute to overall health and wellness. 


"Creating a literature database of low-calorie sweeteners and health studies: evidence mapping"  is now published! The database is available on AHRQ's Systematic Review Data Repository
The Committee sponsored a session at Experimental Biology 2015, "Low-Calorie Sweeteners and Health: What Does the Science Tell Us?" Videos and more details on this event and other ILSI North America events at EB 2015 can be found here.
Background: Low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) are used in a variety of beverages and foods to provide sweet taste without calories. Recently, questions have been raised about the impact of LCS on sweet taste conditioning, impact on hunger and satiety, efficacy in weight management, and patterns of use by the general population and by young people. To date, there have been several individual sessions, papers, and workshops on the topic, which make it difficult to understand the message of the full body of scientific work. In an obesogenic environment in which population intake of sugars is higher than recommended, it is important to understand the potential for LCS to serve as a useful tool for weight management. More recently, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines state that “replacing added sugars with non-caloric sweeteners may reduce calorie intake in the short-term, yet questions remain about their effectiveness as a weight management strategy.



In addition to the presenation several USDA eXtension articles have featured the important information shared during the Low-Calorie Sweetners webinar:

 low calorie sweetners ILSI North America


Ajinomoto North America, Inc.
Cargill, Incorporated
The Coca-Cola Company
Dr Pepper Snapple Group​
Heartland Foods​
Mars, Incorporated
Mondelēz International
PepsiCo, Inc.
Tate & Lyle​ 

John Fernstrom, PhD
University of Pittsburgh 
Marge Leahy, PhD
Senior Nutrition Advisor
ILSI North America
1156 15th Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202.659.0074
Fax: 202.659.3859

Download the Low-Calorie Sweeteners 2016 Fact Sheet.pdf