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Launch event for the public consultation on the draft WHO guideline on use of non-sugar sweeteners

Launch event for the public consultation on the draft WHO guideline on use of non-sugar sweeteners

Background

The consumption of free sugars has been linked to overweight and obesity, which affects nearly 40% of the global adult population as well as millions of children, and in turn diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) which are the leading causes of death worldwide. In response, WHO has issued recommendations to limit free sugars intake, and various actions are being taken to reduce consumption of free sugars as part of global efforts to address the epidemic of obesity and associated disease.

Non-sugar sweeteners are low- or no-calorie alternatives to free sugars that are generally marketed as aiding weight loss or maintenance of healthy weight. Individual sweeteners undergo toxicological assessment to establish safe levels of intake (i.e. acceptable daily intake or ADI) but there is no clear consensus on whether non-sugar sweeteners are effective for long-term weight loss or if they are linked to other long-term health effects at habitual intakes within the ADI.

Since the release of the WHO guideline on free sugars intake, interest in the potential utility of non-sugar sweeteners in reducing sugars intake at the population level has increased. Therefore, WHO has developed recommendations on the use of non-sugar sweeteners in accordance with the current WHO guideline development process, which includes an assessment of systematically compiled scientific evidence and considerations of factors relevant to the implementation of the recommendation.

This webinar will be held via Zoom and participation is subject to registration. Please click link below to register.

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