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Decrease Seen in Products Purchased Containing Caloric Sweeteners

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020 -- From 2002 to 2018, there was a decrease in the volume of products purchased containing caloric sweeteners (CS) and an increase in purchases of products containing both CS and nonnutritive sweeteners (NNS), according to a study published online July 29 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Elizabeth K. Dunford, Ph.D., from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and colleagues examined the prevalence and volume purchased of commonly consumed types of NNS in packaged foods and beverage products.

The researchers found that when comparing 2002 and 2018, there was a decrease in the volume of products containing CS (436.6 ± 1.6 to 362.4 ± 1.3 g/day), while increases were seen for products containing both CS and NNS (10.8 to 36.2 g/day). There were changes seen in the prevalence of households purchasing products containing specific types of NNS, including saccharin (1.3 to 1.1 percent), aspartame (60.0 to 49.4 percent), rebaudioside A (0.1 to 25.9 percent), and sucralose (38.7 to 71.0 percent). In both years, compared with Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks, non-Hispanic whites purchased twice the volume of products containing NNS. The larger volumes-per-capita purchases of products containing only NNS and both CS and NNS were mainly due to beverages.

"It is important to monitor changes not only in the amount of products containing NNS that U.S. consumers purchase, but also the types of NNS that are present in food and beverage products," the authors write.

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Posted: July 2020