(ATLANTA) — On October 3, 2019, DiabetesCare published a study entitled, “Changes in Consumption of Sugary Beverages and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and Subsequent Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Results from Three Large Prospective U.S. Cohorts of Women and Men”. This study reports that increasing consumption of sugary beverages and artificially sweetened beverages (ASB) is associated with a moderately higher risk of type 2 diabetes. The authors reported that decreasing sugary beverages consumption and replacing them with non-caloric beverages free of artificial sweeteners like water, coffee or tea was associated with a lower risk of diabetes.
However, the research suffered from a few drawbacks, as noted by the Calorie Control Council:
What the Experts Say
Global health organizations around the world, including The American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and British Dietetic Association note that the use of LNCS can be helpful for people with diabetes as they do not raise blood glucose or insulin levels, and when used to replace sugar, can help lower carbohydrate intake.
“As a primary care physician, I frequently provide dietary counseling to my patients who are diabetic, overweight or just want to live a healthier lifestyle. Substituting sugar sweetened beverages and snacks with low-calorie sweeteners is one of my tips,” said Keri Peterson, MD and medical advisor of the Calorie Control Council.
According to Robert Rankin, president of the Calorie Control Council, “Millions of Americans are affected by diabetes and obesity, and more develop these conditions every year. For these individuals, nutrition plays a major role in managing disease. LNCS are excellent tools to reduce sugar intake, manage blood glucose levels, and reduce overall calorie intake.”
The following organizations have utilized the most rigorous and extensive testing methods to evaluate LNCS for use in diabetes management, and have concluded:
For a half a century, The Calorie Control Council has been reviewing science on low calorie sweeteners and diet products. Established in 1966, the Council is an international association representing the low- and reduced-calorie food and beverage industry. Council staff includes experts certified in public health, food and nutrition. More at caloriecontrol.org.