LOW-kJ SWEETENERS DEEMED SAFE BY ALL LEADING GLOBAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES

18 July 2017

 

MEDIA RELEASE

LOW-kJ SWEETENERS DEEMED SAFE BY ALL LEADING GLOBAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES

 

The CEO of the Australian Beverages Council, Geoff Parker, today dismissed claims by researchers from the University of Manitoba that low-kilojoule (low-kJ) sweeteners increased the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

“The authors of this meta-analysis provide limited evidence to support their contention, and even concede that their own observational findings have not been confirmed in experimental studies and may be influenced by publication bias.”[1]

“The safety of low-kJ sweeteners used in diet drinks is supported by leading regulatory agencies throughout the world, such as the U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationThe European Food Safety AuthorityThe National Health and Medical Research Council, and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand – as well as top health groups, including Diabetes NSW and Dieticians Association of Australia.”

 

[1] Azad, Meghan, et. al. Nonnutritive sweeteners and cardiometabolic health: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and prospective cohort studies, CMAJ, vol. 189; issue 28, July 2017.

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