The sweeteners These are food additives commonly used to sweeten, which in fact makes them an alternative to sugar, especially recommended in slimming diets or in certain medical circumstances, since they barely have calories (unlike sugar, which only contributes empty calories ).
In fact it is very usual, and normal, to find sweeteners in drinks, sweets or desserts. Or we can also find a great diversity of them on the shelves of many supermarkets.
The ninth edition of the congress of the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition was recently held in Cádiz, in which nutritional experts met both to present and analyze the latest studies that have been carried out related to hydration and food intake.
Thus, the role of non-caloric sweeteners in health has been analyzed, always taking into account the contributions of the scientific environment, which for many years have been analyzing and reflecting on the positive role of non-caloric sweeteners for diabetics, or for those individuals who consume them for weight control in weight loss diets.
In this sense, professionals in nutrition have highlighted the "unquestionable" importance of low calorie sweeteners in the diabetic person's diet. Why? Fundamentally because they offer them the pleasure of being able to enjoy the sweet without its most negative aspects (since sweeteners do not have an impact on insulin or glycemia).
Are sweeteners also safe in weight control diets?
Recent scientific studies have shown that low-calorie sweeteners can help in the control of calories, as long as they are part of the diet of weight loss and / or weight control, as they provide a sweet taste to both foods and foods. drinks, but have less or no energy content (and therefore caloric).
Of course, we must always bear in mind that non-caloric sweeteners can not replace diet or balanced nutrition, as well as the practice of physical exercise. But they can become an appropriate sweetening option for people who want to control their weight and sugar intake.
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