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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Food Guide > April 2017 > ARE LOW-CALORIE SWEETENERS UNHEALTHY?


Low-calorie sweeteners get a bad rap, with some people avoiding them for fear they may cause harm. We asked Dr Stacey Lockyer, nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, to clear up the concerns


HEALTH EXPERTS ARE continually urging us to drastically cut back on the amount of sugars we eat daily, for the sake of our waistlines and health. The maximum recommended intake for adults is 7tsp added sugar a day (that’s not the sugar in whole fruit or milk), yet on average we’re consuming 15tsp.

Sweeteners are the obvious substitute for sugars and syrups but, according to Action on Sugar, people are suspicious about using them, thinking they’re bad for health and cause weight gain. So let’s take a closer look at the facts…

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Going low sugar is easy this Easter with the April issue of Healthy Food Guide! Have a healthier treat with our low sugar orange and drizzle cake at just 94kcal per slice, read our nutritionist’s report on sweeteners and find out our best recommendations and how to use them. Get expert guidance on preventing and managing migraines, and the latest diet advice for better skin health. PLUS, try Davina’s new lower-sugar recipes from her latest book and get up and running this spring with our back-to-basics guide to hitting the tarmac.