Over recent years, a debate started over the amount of sugars one can eat and the potential effects of too high sugars consumption on health.
Today, sweetener concerns are more prominent in some countries and regions than in others, but they are not isolated and are expected to spread across the globe at an accelerated pace.
Caloric sweeteners have been consumed throughout history. When consumed as part of a healthy eating and lifestyle pattern, caloric sweeteners have not been shown to affect diet quality or cause weight gain or diet-related diseases. Development of obesity is multi-factorial, involving multiple lifestyle and dietary factors. Sugars do not contribute to overweight and obesity any differently than do other energy sources.
However, caloric sweeteners can be a source of excess calories that can contribute to weight gain when consumed in above recommended levels of intake over a sustained period of time and in combination to reduced energy expenditure, thus creating a positive energy balance.
Therefore, the solution is not to single out one nutrient, but look to overall diet quality and food intake.
1WHO strong recommendation: guidelines sugar intake (EN)
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