The Benefits of Zero-calorie Sweeteners for Weight Management
Balancing intake of sugars with the inclusion of zero-calorie sweeteners may help to reduce the overall amount of calories consumed3,4,5. This, combined with regular physical activity, is critical for weight control, weight loss and the prevention of weight gain and related co-morbidities. Overweight patients consuming sweet foods are more likely to stick to their diets and the use of zero-calorie sweeteners is particularly useful during the maintenance phase after weight loss, and to help prevent weight regain after successful weight loss6.
In addition, research has shown that the consumption of intense sweeteners does not stimulate the appetite nor result in increased food intake7,8 and does not lead to an increased desire for sweet foods9. So far, alternatives to sugar have included artificial sweeteners which provide sweetness with few or no calories. There is now another option for patients wanting to manage the calories in their diets with new choices of foods from natural plant origin: Truvía® Natural Sweetener, the zero-calorie sweetener which originates from the best-tasting part of the stevia leaf.