Low-Calorie Sweetened Beverages and Cardiometabolic Health
Published: July 30, 2018
- Demand for food and beverages with lower sugar content has grown due to strong evidence linking sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to weight gain and adverse cardiometabolic health, but there’s also interest in how beverages with low calorie sweeteners (LCS) affect energy balance and cardiometabolic health.
- This Advisory analyzes observational and clinical studies and the findings of government agencies on cardiometabolic outcomes of beverages with LCS and highlights future research needs.
- The Advisory encourages the use of alternatives to SSBs, with a focus on water. It advises against prolonged consumption of beverages with LCS in children, but notes that, in children with diabetes, substituting beverages with LCS for SSBs might prevent excessive glucose excursions. A similar substitution can also work for adults used to a sweet-tasting beverage and for whom water, at least initially, is not a desirable option.
- Commentary: Not So Sweet – AHA Review of the Potential Risks and Benefits of Consuming Low-Calorie Sweetened Beverages by Christopher Gardner, PhD
- Top Things to Know: Low Calorie Sweetened Beverages and Cardiometabolic Health
- AHA News: Limit low-calorie sodas and drinks, and stick to water instead, researchers advise
- Trendlines in Sugary and Diet Drinks
- Nonnutritive Sweeteners: Current Use and Health Perspectives
- Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children
- Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health
- Recommended Dietary Pattern to Achieve Adherence to the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC) Guidelines