Myth: No-calorie sweeteners actually cause weight gain by increasing sugar cravings.
Fact: Numerous studies have determined that no-calorie sweeteners do not increase appetite, food intake or weight gain. In fact, the vast majority of scientific literature confirms the benefits and safety of using no-calorie sweeteners and products for weight control and weight loss.
The use of no-calorie sweeteners (such as sucralose) can help people in their weight loss/control efforts because it will result in a reduced amount of overall calories in a particular food/beverage while maintaining good taste. However, no-calorie sweeteners (and products that contain them) are not a magic bullet. They should be considered tools, which can be incorporated into an overall healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a balanced diet.
The American Diabetes Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Heart Association, agree that reduced-calorie foods and beverages may be a good option for those who want to control their weight and maintain a better lifestyle. A healthy weight can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses.
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