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On safety of sweeteners in non-alcoholic beverages. The position of DRINKSUNION Eurasia

The range of drinks continues to expand. On the one hand, this trend is connected with the withdrawal from the market of some transnational brands. On the other hand, excise taxation has had impact on the structure of beverage market. One of the goals of excise taxation was to fight against excessive sugar consumption and to develop the culture of moderate consumption. That’s why the trend we see meets the needs of this demand. In effect there are more drinks with low sugar content and in order to create the usual taste traditional sweeteners are used.

Nowadays it is getting difficult to correctly understand the streams of information for a modern consumer regarding benefits and harms of aspartame and acesulfame. Besides, many controversial massages concerning allegedly harm effects of sweeteners appear rom scientific public. However, we suggest using common sense and official documents, which allow producers to use only safe sweeteners.

What concerns the question of harm effects, the information about danger of aspartame and acesulfame contradicts the base of scientific evidence of last decades and can lead consumers to misunderstanding and consuming more products with sugar.

Sweeteners including aspartame, which is used as part of production of non-alcoholic beverages, is one of the most studied ingredients in the world. Sugar sweeteners which are used in food industry have been strictly assessed in terms of safety by many world food safety agencies, including JECFA, FDA and EFSA.

Not to forget, sweeteners can be used as a tool to decrease the calorie content of a human diet.

IARC defined the cancerogenity of aspartame at the level of aloe vera, which is commonly used in food industry. The same level has hot water and canned peas.

Sweeteners studies at the global level confirm that sweeteners consumption as part of food and drinks is lower than allowable daily consumption rtae at the level of population, both regarding children and adults.

Recently, the opinion has been spreading that sugary drinks in some cases are a significant source of sugars that contribute to the development of a number of non-communicable diseases. Drinks using sweeteners can be a healthy alternative to weight control. Psychologists from the University of Liverpool conducted a long-term study to understand how drinks with artificial sweeteners affect the process of controlling body weight.

An article by Professor Jason Halford published in the International Journal of Obesity concludes that the use of non-nutritious sweetened beverages (NNS) does not interfere with the process of weight control, even compared to water.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41366−023−1 393−3