Sugar Substitutes Can Lead to Weight Loss
Non-Sugar Sweeteners May Help Control Weight and Blood Sugar -- if You Don't Compensate
The caveat about not overdoing sugary foods later in the day is key, says Kris Voight, RD, a certified diabetes educator and dietitian at Kaiser Permanente Ohio Region, Cleveland.
She reviewed the statement for WebMD.
How common is that?
"I think it depends on the person's motivation [for using the products]," Voight says. "If they are coming in and their diabetes is having an impact on their health, they are on board."
However, some think having a diet soda gives them permission to have a treat later, she says.
To quell sugar cravings, Voight suggests eating a bit more protein to help maintain a feeling of fullness.
Sweeteners: Industry Input
Not surprisingly, the industry group Calorie Control Council likes the AHA and ADA's new stance.
In a statement, Haley Curtis Stevens, PhD, the council president, says: "The Calorie Control Council is pleased that the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association have confirmed that substituting non-nutritive sweeteners for sugars may help people reach and maintain a healthy body weight and that for people with diabetes, non-nutritive sweeteners can aid with glucose control."
She, too, cautions that the products are not magic bullets and must be used wisely.