ATLANTA – Les consommateurs canadiens peuvent maintenant profiter des avantages de la gomme à mâcher sans sucre, des desserts sans sucre et d’autres produits contenant de la saccharine, un édulcorant sans calorie. Le 24 avril 2014, Santé Canada, l’organisme de réglementation qui veille à l’approbation des ingrédients des aliments et à l’amélioration du bien-être des Canadiens, a approuvé l’utilisation de la saccharine et de ses sels dans plusieurs catégories d’aliments. Les Canadiens soucieux de réduire leur apport calorique et les personnes diabétiques qui surveillent leur glycémie pourront bientôt voir la saccharine sur l’étiquette de certains aliments au Canada.

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ATLANTA – Using low-calorie sweeteners in beverages and other foods has the potential to help people reach and maintain a healthy body weight and is helpful for glucose control for people with diabetes, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. The statement is published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation and the American Diabetes Association journal Diabetes Care, and confirms previous support statements from these two major health organizations. Continue reading

ATLANTA –A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity reports that consumption of sugar-free beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners increases dietary restraint, a key aspect of successful weight maintenance. Researchers analyzed calorie, protein, carbohydrate, fat and beverage intake, as well as the dietary restraint of over 300 individuals. The researchers concluded, “Our findings…suggest that the use of artificially sweetened beverages may be an important weight control strategy among WLM [weight loss maintainers].” Continue reading

ATLANTA – A small rat study reported in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience (“A Role for Sweet Taste: Caloric Predictive Relations in Energy Regulation by Rats”), alleging a link between low-calorie sweeteners and weight gain, needs to be considered in the proper scientific context, especially in relation to other previously published research that has reached the opposite conclusion.  Previous studies in humans have shown that low-calorie sweeteners are indeed beneficial for weight control. Continue reading

ATLANTA – A new review of research shows low-calorie sweeteners may be one piece of the puzzle in helping solve the obesity problem.  Although not magic bullets, low-calorie sweeteners and the products that contain sugar substitutes can help people reduce their calorie intake.  The authors point out that low-calorie sweeteners are not appetite suppressants and they do not cause weight loss, but “… they have been shown to be associated with some modest weight loss….” Continue reading

Recent Study Shows No Association Between Low-Calorie Sweeteners and a Variety of Cancers

ATLANTA – A new study conducted by Italian and French researchers and published in the Annals of Oncology indicates there is no association between low-calorie sweeteners and cancer.  The researchers evaluated a variety of studies between the years of 1991 and 2004.  These studies assessed the relationship between low-calorie sweeteners and many cancers including oral and pharynx, oesophagus, colon, rectum, larynx, breast, ovary, prostate and renal cell carcinomas.  The researchers examined the eating habits of more than 7,000 men and women in their middle ages (mainly 55 years and over).  Based on the data evaluated, the authors noted, “In conclusion, therefore, this study provides no evidence that saccharin or other sweeteners (mainly aspartame) increase the risk of cancer at several common sites in humans.” Continue reading

ATLANTA, GA – Saccharin, “the world’s oldest low-calorie sweetener,” is celebrating 125 years of sweetness. It was discovered in 1879 by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and quickly became a boon to food manufacturers and consumers, especially those with diabetes, who used the sugar substitute to sweeten their foods and beverages with fewer calories. Today, saccharin is used in such products as tabletop sweeteners, baked goods, soft drinks, jams, chewing gum, canned fruit, candy, dessert toppings and salad dressing. Sweet’N Low® is the most recognized brand name of saccharin-based sugar substitutes—with more than 12 billion packets enjoyed worldwide each year. Continue reading

ATLANTA  – On December 21, President Clinton signed legislation that removes the warning label that had been required on saccharin-sweetened foods and beverages since 1977. After almost a quarter century, the book finally has been closed on one of America’s major food safety scares of the seventies. Continue reading