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Artificial sweeteners are discouraged by the WHO for health and weight management.

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Non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) should not be used to manage noncommunicable illnesses or control weight, according to new advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), a UN organisation with headquarters in Geneva. The WHO cites a lack of evidence for these products’ potential long-term advantages.

The WHO also said that adult mortality, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes may all be caused by NSS usage. A recent study discovered a potential connection between the well-known zero-sugar sweetener erythritol and strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, and mortality.

Aspartame, advantame, cyclamates, neotame, saccharin, sucralose, stevia, and various stevia derivatives are examples of common NSS.

“In the long run, replacing free sugars with NSS does not aid in weight management. Francesco Branca, WHO director for nutrition and food safety, said in a statement on Monday that people need to think about other methods to minimise their intake of free sugars, such as eating foods with naturally occurring sugars, like fruit, or unsweetened food and beverages.

“NSS have no nutritional value and are not necessary dietary components. To promote health, people should completely cut out sugar from their diets, beginning at a young age.

Branca emphasised the lack of nutritional benefit of non-sugar sweeteners and advised people to generally cut less on sweetness in their meals. This advice does not apply to non-sugar sweeteners found in personal care items like skin cream, toothpaste, and prescription drugs.

This WHO advice applies to all people, with the exception of those who already have diabetes, and covers any artificial or natural sweeteners that aren’t categorised as sugars in produced foods.

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