Low calorie foods and drinks with aspartame make a useful contribution to weight control
A Scientific Opinion issued by EFSA on 30 June 2011 states that there is not sufficient evidence to demonstrate that sugar-sweetened foods and drinks cause weight gain, and that there is not sufficient evidence that replacing them with low calorie alternatives therefore helps people to control their weight.
Nevertheless, it remains a matter of common sense that providing choices of foods and beverages with fewer calories can only be helpful to people who want to reduce or control their weight. Products with low calorie sweeteners provide substantial calorie savings:
|Type of food or drink
||Calorie content: food or drink with sugar
||Calorie content: food or drink with low calorie sweeteners
|Cola Soft Drink (330ml)
|Fruit Drink (250ml)
|Raspberry Jelly (100g)
|Orange Squash (250ml)
|Tea/Coffee with Sugar or Tabletop Sweetener
||16 kcal (1 teaspoon)
||1 kcal (1 tablet)
In coming to its opinion, the EFSA panel chose to group together aspartame and other low calorie sweeteners. Virtually all of the scientific studies that do show a beneficial effect from replacing sugar-sweetened products with low calorie alternatives have been conducted using aspartame. Of all the low calorie sweeteners, aspartame tastes most like sugar.
Decades of experience shows that the better tasting low calorie foods and drinks are, the more likely it is that people will choose them regularly as part of their diet and for rehydration.
30 June 2011