The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised not to consume non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) to keep body weight in control. Experts say that it will decrease the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The WHO has reshuffled its weight loss recommendation after findings of a study reveal that non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) do not offer any long-term advantages to children and adults in controlling body weight.
Experts from the WHO claim that long-lasting usage of NSSs shoots up the risk of cardiovascular issues, type 2 diabetes, and death among adults. Cyclamates, acesulfame K, advantame, neotame, aspartame, saccharin, stevia, sucralose, and stevia derivatives are some regular NSSs.
People should refrain from using NSS
The WHO claims that people should refrain from using NSS and try to cut down on the use of sugar in their diet to enhance their overall health. The WHO Director for Nutrition and Food Safety, Francesco Branca claims that substituting free sugars with NSSs is not a beneficial way to lose weight in the long term. People should eat foods that contain naturally occurring sugars, such as fruits, or unsweetened food and drinks. NSSs are known as low-calorie substitutes for free sugars. Diabetic people eat NSSs thinking that low-calorie sugars will keep blood glucose levels in control.
Many observational studies reveal that greater consumption of NSSs is linked to higher BMI and elevated risk of incident obesity. The WHO statement shows a relation between saccharin and a higher risk of bladder cancer and many NCDs such as heart issues and mortality linked to heart ailments. It shows that a higher intake of NSSs during pregnancy is linked to an elevated risk of early birth and adverse outcome among infants such as a higher risk of allergies and asthma and weak cognitive function. The WHO report claims that consuming NSSs is not the only method to attain a drop in free sugars consumptions.