Just yesterday, we wrote about the positive impact low- and no-calorie sweeteners can have on weight management. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) is reiterating this fact-based information about these ingredients in the face of a recent “scientific” study claiming otherwise.
A study published in Cell Metabolism falsely claims that low- and no-calorie sweeteners may increase a person’s appetite. However, it is important to note that the study looked at flies and mice and was not a randomly controlled trial which is the gold standard for determining cause and effect and to make a direct link to humans.
Megan Meyer, PhD confirms, “There is a large body of evidence that clearly outlines that LCS are not associated with an increase in weight gain, but rather can be an effective tool in reducing calorie intake, resulting in weight loss.”
While questionable studies may make for catchy headlines, they mislead consumers about ingredients that have been deemed safe by regulatory agencies around the globe, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.