Health and Dietary Information
In light of the growing awareness of the serious health risks related to obesity, including diabetes, sensible eating and improved fitness are increasingly important to many patients. Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener and Truvía® stevia leaf extract, which originate from the best-tasting part of the stevia leaf, provide sweetness with no calories and can play a useful role in a healthy balanced diet.
Overweight and obesity rates continue to rise and it is widely accepted that these conditions are associated with significant health problems for many adults and children across the United States and Canada.1,2 Improvements in dietary and physical activity habits across the population are widely promoted solutions to the problem of rising rates of obesity and related disease.2,3
Calorie-free sweeteners, like Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener, can play a useful role as part of a healthy, balanced diet by helping patients control their calorie intake. Calorie-free sweeteners can also improve compliance with dietary goals as a key ingredient in good-tasting, reduced-calorie foods that people will accept. As part of a balanced, healthy diet, and combined with regular physical activity, reduced-calorie foods can help patients achieve a healthy weight.
The Benefits of Calorie-Free Sweeteners for Weight Management
Balancing intake of sugars with the inclusion of calorie-free sweeteners may help to reduce the overall amount of calories consumed.4,5,6 This, combined with regular physical activity, is critical for weight control, weight loss and the prevention of weight gain and related co-morbidities. Studies have found that overweight patients consuming sweet foods are more likely to stick to their diets and the use of calorie-free sweeteners is particularly useful during the maintenance phase after weight loss, and to help prevent weight regain after successful weight loss.6
In addition, research has shown that the consumption of intense sweeteners does not stimulate the appetite nor result in increased food intake8,9 and does not lead to an increased desire for sweet food.9 So far, alternatives to sugar have included artificial sweeteners that provide sweetness with few or no calories. There is now another option for people wanting to manage the calories in their diets with new choices of foods from natural plant origin such as Truvía® Calorie-Free Sweetener, a calorie-free sweetener which originates from the best-tasting part of the stevia leaf.
2Obesity in Canada: A joint report from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information https://secure.cihi.ca/free_products/Obesity_in_ca...
4Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report (2010). Appendix E-1, Carbohydrates Question 5. www.cnpp.usda.gov/dgas2010-dgacreport.htm
5Position Paper, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2012): Use of Nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners. JAND. 112:739-758.
6Scientific Statement, American Heart Association/ American Diabetes Association (2012). Nonnutritive sweeteners: current use and health perspectives. Circulation. 126.509-519.
7Rabin A et al (2002). Sucrose compared with artificial sweeteners: different effects on ad libitum food intake and body weight after 10 weeks of supplementation in overweight. Am J Clin Nutr. 76, 721-729.
8Anton SD et al (2010). Effects of stevia, aspartame, and sucrose on food intake, satiety, and postprandial glucose and insulin levels. Appetite. 55(1), 37-43.
9Steinert RE, Frey F, Topfer A, Drew J, Begliner C. (2011). Effects of carbohydrate sugars and artificial sweeteners on appetite and the regulation of gastrointestinal satiety peptides. Br J Nutr. 105, 1320-1328.
10Mahar A & Duizer LM (2007). The effect of frequency of consumption of artificial sweeteners on sweetness liking by women. Journal of Food Science. 72(9), S714-718.