Sweeteners in general, and sugar in particular, are on the “U.S. Most Wanted” list. This presentation reviewed the scientific literature to ascertain adverse health effects of sugar and non-caloric sweeteners on diet quality, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dental caries and mortality. The analysis discussed levels of sugar and non-caloric sweetener intake and their possible physiological impacts including those on the microbiome. Data also showing the possible risk of inadequate nutrient intake when sweeteners are omitted from the diet as well as the benefits of both types sweeteners when used in moderation were covered.
Julie Miller Jones, Ph.D., CNS, CFS, LN, Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Food and Nutrition at St. Catherine University speaking on “Sugar vs Obesity” at the 2017 Sweetener Systems Conference.