No Evidence No-Calorie Sweeteners Have Health Benefits, Improve Weight Loss

HealthDay reports that in a new study published in the BMJ, researchers assessing the potential benefits of no-calorie sweeteners concluded there is “very weak evidence” the sugar alternatives may improve health or assist in weight loss. Researchers said, “Most health outcomes did not seem to have differences between the non-sugar sweetener exposed and unexposed groups,” and the quantity of sugar alternatives used did not appear to affect study participants.

The Daily Mail (UK) reports the “review of 56 studies on sweeteners found no significant differences in people’s weight, blood sugar or oral health when compared with people who eat sugar.”

The Guardian (UK)  reports the British medical research charity Cochrane conducted the study, aiming “to provide evidence for the World Health Organization, which is preparing guidance on what it calls ‘non-sugar sweeteners.’”