2023 Symposium Recorded Session: A Closer Look at Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners: Safety, Efficacy, and Implementation

Today, over 40% of US adults have obesity and over 40% of the US population has prediabetes or diabetes. These numbers are predicted to increase over the next 10-20 years, especially among young people. One of the key factors contributing to these rising trends is overconsumption of added sugars. While there appears to be a general consensus that added sugars are not healthy, Americans continue to consume significantly more than the recommended intake. An alternative to added sugars for people who desire a sweet taste are low- and no-calorie sweeteners (LNCS).

But what’s the latest on LNCS? Are they really safe and effective?

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, nutrition professionals will better be able to:

  1. Detail the evidence base that shows how added sugars contribute to the rising trends in obesity and diabetes.
  2. Define and identify the characteristics of various low- and no-calorie sweeteners.
  3. Interpret and integrate new and existing scientific literature on the safety and efficacy of low- and no-calorie sweeteners in decision-making.
  4. Teach clients how to implement low- and no-calorie sweeteners into a healthy eating pattern as a way of reducing added sugar intake.

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
4.1.2, 4.1.3, 8.1.1, 8.2.3
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Holly Moran, MS, RD, LD, CDCES, joined Heartland Food Products Group, maker of Splenda®, in 2021 and currently holds the role of Manager, Nutrition & Science Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and a Master’s degree in Communication with a concentration in Health Communication, both from Purdue University. Previously, Holly worked as a diabetes educator for one of the largest adult diabetes and endocrinology practices in Indiana. A strong family history of diabetes is what drew her to this specialization. Holly has presented both locally and nationally for professional conferences, companies, and public events on the topics of nutrition, weight loss, diabetes, food allergies, and much more. In her free time, Holly hosts theme parties and game nights with her husband and cares for community cats in her neighborhood.

Neil Skolnik, MD, is an academic family physician who sees patients and teaches residents and medical students in the family medicine residency program at Abington Jefferson Health in Abington, Pennsylvania. He is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Abington Jefferson Health. Dr. Skolnik has written and edited 5 books and has published more than 400 articles, columns, poems, essays, and webinars in both the medical and lay literature including publications in JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Circulation, Medscape, Philadelphia Inquirer, and USA Today. Dr. Skolnik lectures nationally on a range of topics, with a special interest in diabetes, asthma, COPD, exercise in medicine, coronary disease risk factor management, and the medical humanities. He also hosts and produces “Diabetes Core Update,” the American Diabetes Association’s official monthly podcast reviewing the most important new articles to come out in the diabetes literature every month and tries to make sure that each day he spends at least twenty minutes playing the guitar and singing.

Holly Moran, MS, RD, LD, CDCES, has the following relevant disclosure to report: She is employed by Heartland Food Products Group, maker of Splenda® Brand Products.

Neil Skolnik, MD, has the following relevant disclosure to report: He has received honorarium from Heartland Food Products Group, maker of Splenda® Brand Products.

Based outside of Indianapolis, Heartland Food Products Group is a global leader in the production of low-calorie sweetener products, creamers, beverage concentrates, coffee, and nutritional drinks made in the USA. The makers of the Splenda® Brand, the most recognizable and iconic low-/no-calorie sweetener (LNCS) brand in the world, have sold more than 100 billion yellow packets since its launch in 1991. Today, the Splenda Brand is the clear #1 LNCS brand in the USA and actively supports healthcare professionals counseling patients to reduce added sugar, manage weight and diabetes, and live an overall healthier lifestyle. Visit us at www.heartlandfpg.com and www.splenda.com to learn more.

Heartland Food Products Group #22971 is approved by the CDR to offer 1.0 CEU for this activity.

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  • 1.00 CDR


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