When it comes to low- and no-calorie sweeteners, the science speaks for itself. Despite the misinformation you may read on the Internet, experts in the field of nutrition are emphasizing that low-calorie sweeteners have been vigorously studied, can aid in weight loss and have repeatedly been deemed safe by government regulatory agencies here and in Europe.

Just yesterday in the Washington Post, registered dietitian Hope Warshaw recommended diet beverages as a good alternative to water when searching for low- and no-calorie options. And she reiterated their benefits and safety.

“The reality is, a number of low-calorie sweeteners have over the years been reviewed by the FDA and other global regulatory bodies and, after substantial review, are allowed on the market,” Warshaw said.

“Despite what you might read and hear, the overwhelming research shows diet drinks are safe to consume and can offer calorie savings.”

Not only are they safe - low- and no-calorie sweeteners have been shown to be a helpful tool to people both seeking to lose weight or trying to maintain their weight loss.

“They don’t trick your brain to crave more sweets or cause weight gain,” said Christine Rosenbloom, a dietitian and emeritus nutrition professor at Georgia State University. “Research shows that diet beverages can offer an assist in weight control…”

In other words, the sweeteners in diet beverages are safe for us to consume. The people who make up America’s leading beverage companies would not have it any other way. And diet beverages work for people as a tool to help with weight loss and can be part of a balanced diet.

Instead of restricting consumers’ choices, the beverage industry is committed to providing the education and information people need to make the choices that are right for them.

To learn more about the science behind low-calorie sweeteners check out LetsClearItUp.org.