Most low- and no-calorie sweeteners (also known as sugar substitutes) like aspartame and stevia are several hundred times sweeter than sugar, which means their sweet taste comes with few, if any, calories. This makes the foods and beverages that contain them a useful option for people who want to manage calories or carbohydrates without sacrificing taste, as well as those who simply want to enjoy a sweet taste without calories.
Low- and no-calorie sweeteners are among the world’s most thoroughly studied food ingredients, with hundreds of studies confirming their safety. Unfortunately, they are also among the most misunderstood. Research confirms that low- and no-calorie sweeteners can be beneficial for managing calorie intake. But, it’s also clear that healthy weight management requires more than just their use. The key to healthy weight control is learning to keep calories consumed in line with calories expended, a concept called energy balance. Low- and no calorie sweeteners simply make managing calories more enjoyable. By understanding these facts, people can enjoy using these sweeteners to their advantage – both as an aid to help them keep calories under control and to enjoy some sweetness in their diets.