January 11, 2021

Practical strategies to help reduce added sugars consumption to support glycemic and weight management goals

Clinical Diabetes

Over consumption of added sugars by the American public continues to be problematic. For health reasons as well as achieving weight management. According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Committee Advisory Report, we should aim to consume less than 6% of our calories as added sugars. The use of low- and no-calorie sweeteners can assist consumers to reduce this consumption. In this article we review the evidence that supports the safety and efficacy of low- and no-calorie sweeteners and offer clinicians practical strategies with which to assess consumption of added sugars. We also offer clinicians a step-by-step approach to help consumers reduce their added sugars intake with one being use low- and no-calorie sweeteners to replace added sugars. The article offers insights about the importance of taste in a person’s food choices and how taste must be factored in when counseling.  The citation for this article is: Clinical Diabetes. 2021;39(1):45-56. It is open access. Read here ...