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New WHO Recommendations on Non-Nutritive Sweeteners

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that consumers limit their added sugar consumption to less than 10% of intakes, or 25/g per day. The WHO has recently stated that non-nutritive sweeteners like stevia and aspartame are not a panacea and should not be used as a means of weight control or reduction of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease. The WHO does not give a full list of non-nutritive sweeteners but includes monk fruit, stevia, and sucralose as examples. Industry stakeholders say that the WHO is doing a disservice to public health by failing to recognize their role in sugar reduction and weight management. The WHO guidelines are a draft for now.

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Posted on 26 July 2022