Low-calorie sweeteners and safety during pregnancy Safety

  • Low-calorie sweeteners and safety during pregnancy Safety

    Posted by Gokul Thiyagarajan  on May 23, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Low-calorie sweeteners and safety during pregnancy Safety

    • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded the safety of six high-intensity sweeteners [saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), sucralose, neotame, and advantame] when consumed within the ADI by the the the general population, including pregnant women. Steviol glycosides and Luo Han Guo (monk fruit) extracts are also recognized as safe when consumed within the ADI.
    • These low-calorie sweeteners used in foods and beverages are determined by regulatory bodies, including the Joint WHO/FAO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), to be safe for all populations, including special populations such as the elderly, children, and pregnant and nursing women. These safety assessments include evaluating the possible effects of low-calorie sweeteners during pregnancy and have continued to show that these sweeteners are safe for pregnant women and their children.
    • For all currently available sweeteners, JECFA has evaluated their safety and established an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) level based on a science review. The ADI is a conservative estimate of acceptable dietary intake over an entire lifetime and includes all age groups and sensitive subpopulations, including children and pregnant women.
    • Multi-generational studies have found no adverse effects on the mother or developing baby related to low-calorie sweeteners.

    Gestational Diabetes

    • During pregnancy, sometimes the hormones are produced to inhibit the activity of the mother’s insulin leading to what is referred to as “insulin resistance.” Other times, the mother may not be able to produce and use enough insulin needed during pregnancy. Both of these conditions are called “gestational diabetes.”
    • Women with gestational diabetes are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy, especially in cases of a poor diet or excessive weight gain. Pregnant women who have diabetes, those who need to control calorie intake, or those who enjoy sweet taste may safely use low-calorie sweeteners.
    • According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2018 Gestational Diabetes Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline: In pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), who choose to consume high-intensity sweeteners, the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) should educate the woman to select only those approved or generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and limit her intake to the acceptable daily intake (ADI), established by the FDA.
    • For more information : https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/is-it-safe/artificial-sweeteners-and-pregnancy/
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