The sweeteners are food additives commonly used to sweeten, making them actually an alternative to sugar especially recommended diets or certain medical circumstances, as they hardly have calories (unlike sugar, which only adds empty calories ).
In fact, it is extremely common, and normal, to find sweeteners in drinks, sweets or desserts. Or we can also find a great diversity of them on the shelves of many supermarkets.
The ninth edition of the congress of the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition was recently held in Cádiz, in which nutritional experts met both to present and to analyze the latest studies that have been carried out related to hydration and food intake.
Thus, the role of non-caloric sweeteners in health has been analyzed, always taking into account the contributions of the scientific environment, which for many years have been analyzing and reflecting on the positive role of non-caloric sweeteners for diabetics. Or for those individuals who consume them for weight control in slimming diets.
In this sense, nutrition professionals have highlighted the “unquestionable” importance of low calorie sweeteners in the diet of diabetics. Why? Mainly because they offer them the pleasure of being able to enjoy sweets without its most negative aspects (since sweeteners do not have an impact on insulin or blood glucose).
Are sweeteners also safe in weight control diets?
Recent scientific studies have shown that low-calorie sweeteners can help control calories, as long as they are part of the weight loss and / or weight control diet, as they provide a sweet taste to both meals and snacks. Drinks, but they have less or no energy content (and therefore caloric).
Of course, we must always bear in mind that non-caloric sweeteners cannot replace the diet or a balanced nutrition, as well as the practice of physical exercise. But they can become a suitable sweetening option for people who want to control their weight and sugar intake.