Mal J Nutr 22(1): 91 - 102, 2016

Proceedings of the NSM Update Series: Sugar Substitutes-Understanding the Basics, Global Regulatory Approvals, Safety Assessment Protocols and Benefits
Yashna Harjani1, E Siong Tee2 & Jimena Garcia3

1 PepsiCo Inc. R&D Nutrition Science, Asia Pacific Region, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Nutrition Society of Malaysia, Division of Human Nutrition, Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3 PepsiCo Inc. Global R&D Nutrition Sciences, Mexico City, Mexico

ABSTRACT

A seminar titled "Sugar Substitutes: Understanding the Basics, Global Regulatory Approvals, Safety Assessment Protocols and Benefits" organised by the Nutrition Society of Malaysia was held on 1.5th Apri12015 for nutritionists and other health care professionals, to review and discuss the latest evidence on safety and efficacy of sugar substitutes. Highlights from lectures by local and international speakers about this topical subject are presented in this report. Sugar substitutes have been extensively evaluated for decades and regulatory agencies world-wide continue to review and confirm their safety. Furthermore, the effects of sugar substitutes on human health continue to be the subject of research studies. Many studies have shown that replacement of sugar with sugar substitutes may help in weight management, glucose control for people with diabetes, and in the prevention of tooth decay. It is important for health professionals to discern whether the available evidence is based on good science and adequate protocols in order to guide consumers with the responsible use of sugar substitutes following national and international dietary guidelines. The use of sugar substitutes for certain health outcomes was discussed, specifically in regard to appetite, energy balance, body weight and other cardio-metabolic risk factors. Overall, the seminar provided an understanding of the different types of commercially available sugar substitutes, their use in a range of food and beverages, and calorie contribution to the diet. The seminar also covered the approvals of different sugar substitutes and the protocols for assessing the safety of these sugar substitutes, especially in the case of children and pregnant women.

Low calorie sweeteners, non-nutritive sweeteners, sugar substitutes, sweeteners

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