Sweeteners : Misunderstood & Wrongly Accused?


OK let me be clear, we are right as consumers to question, scrutinising a product is key to keeping the manufacturers and industry as a whole honest. However, sweeteners have been on the receiving end of some serious accusations that, on the whole, have been unjustified. Most famous of these is Aspartame, however the research has only seen contraindications in children which include headaches and hyperactivity, and although this is concerning, the same has not been seen in adults. With this in mind though, Aspartame has also been removed from many products as a result.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and other agencies have examined the validity behind these accusations towards artificial sweeteners, but they have always concluded that the claims are without substance. The EFSA assert that many of the suggested adverse effects have arisen because of misunderstandings, data dredging (pulling out select pieces of data that suit their hypothesis), and selective use of information. What they should be doing is trying to yield a balanced review of all the evidence on sweeteners, and this would entail a solid Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT).


Ruxton, C. (2014). Low calorie sweeteners : Role and benefits. Retrieved 27th October, 2014, from http://www.nutrition2me.com/images/free-view-articles/free-downloads/cnfvol.4no.2_sweetners.pdf

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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