health care professionals talk about aspartame

Foods and drinks sweetened with aspartame taste excellent, yet have only a fraction of the calories that they would contain if they were sweetened with sugar.  They therefore make a useful contribution to the maintenance of a healthy body weight. This site provides information and resources for dietitians, nutritionists, health care professionals and others interested in learning more about aspartame.

Aspartame has no effect on blood glucose levels

Allegations about foods and drinks with low calorie sweeteners, published in a paper by Suez et al and based largely on experiments in mice using saccharin, ignore the large body of science which demonstrates that low calorie alternatives help people to control their weight.

A thorough review and meta-analysis published by Miller & Perez earlier this year concludes that substituting "LCS (low calorie sweetened) options for the regular calorie versions results in modest weight loss and may be a useful dietary tool to improve compliance with weight-loss and weight management plans."
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Nutritional experts question claims that diet soft drinks lead to weight gain

A response from the Science Media Centre in London
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The Truth about Low-Calorie Sweeteners is more than a Headline

With so many news options available to listeners, tweeters, readers and viewers, news reporters compete aggressively to draw in their audience. Whether in the form of a headline, a tweet or a 'Tonight’s Top Stories!' blurb, the press entices you to tune in to their page, hashtag or channel.

News editors and bloggers have many tricks to grab your attention with a headline and lead you to a desired conclusion even before you read, listen or explore further. One of the cleverest is creating a controversy by making a statement that contradicts what you’d expect – after all, why would you want to check out something you already know? Headlines or titles like Fat makes you Thin or How to Embezzle Legally, are much more intriguing than the 'duh factor' behind Fat makes you Fat or Embezzling will get you Arrested.
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The Calorie Savings Counter

The Calorie Savings Counter
Replacing high-calorie foods in your diet with low-calorie alternatives is a proven method to lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight.

Watch the Aspartame Video

Watch the Aspartame Video
Learn how the body breaks down aspartame into the same components that are found in everyday foods and drinks.

Meet the Doctors

Meet the Doctors
The Aspartame Resource Center Expert Medical Advisory Board was created to help guide the Center's communications to health professionals and the public about aspartame benefits, safety and its role in a healthy diet.

Download the Aspartame Booklet

Download the Aspartame Booklet
Download the Aspartame Booklet (PDF 1.6MB) or click here to order hard copies

More about aspartame

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics: Evidence Analysis on Aspartame
To access this resource click here and enter 'aspartame' into the search box.
American Heart Association Recommends Reduction in Sugar Intake
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Does Diet Soda Actually Make You Gain Weight?
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Are sweeteners getting a bad rap..?
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