The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people avoid sweeteners to manage their weight.
Use low- or no-calorie sweeteners instead of sugar to sweeten a variety of foods and beverages.
Many people also add non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) to their foods and beverages as sugar substitutes to prevent overweight or obesity.
Now, the World Health Organization has found that sweetener use “does not confer any long-term benefit in reducing body fat in adults or children.”
The World Health Organization says that while short-term use of NSS may result in slight weight loss, long-term use may have “adverse effects” such as increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death.
“NSS is not an essential dietary factor and has no nutritional value,” warned Francesco Branca, director of nutrition and food safety at WHO.
“People need to consider other ways to reduce their intake of free sugars, such as consuming foods that contain natural sugars, such as fruit, or unsweetened foods and drinks.
“People should completely reduce sweetness in their diets starting early in life to improve their health.”
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The organization reviewed data from 283 studies in adults, children, pregnant women or mixed populations.
As a result, it issued a new conditional guideline advising people (except those with diabetes) to avoid using NSS to manage weight or reduce the risk of non-communicable (non-communicable) diseases.
But the authors say further research is needed.
Dr Duane Mellor, registered dietitian and senior lecturer at Aston Medical School, said sweeteners may still have a place as a “stepping stone” to help people reduce their sugar intake.
Meanwhile, Cadbury said it was “working hard” to produce alternatives that were 75 per cent lower in sugar, fat and calories.
The popular chocolate brand first revealed last year that it was working on launching lower-calorie versions of some existing chocolate bars and cookies, as well as developing new products.
The brand’s US owner Mondelez said in a statement to Sky News: “We have no plans to change the original recipe of our existing chocolate bars, but we believe it is important to give consumers choice.”
Mondelez chief executive Dirk van de Put reportedly told The Sunday Telegraph: “It’s going to be a bit like a diet drink, very slow growth, but we need to keep it in the market.
“It’s going to be a while before consumers really pick it up because it’s still not quite the same taste – although it’s close.”
in previous years, Cadbury launches 30% lower sugar version Or its milk chocolate bar. However, the product was not well received by customers.
Other products that followed suit included Maynards Bassetts fudge and Belvita biscuits.