Over the centuries, various foods, like honey or sugar, have been used to sweeten our food. Today, many of us choose to use sweeteners as an alternative to sugar. Because they are intensively sweet, only very small amounts are needed and they are used to provide sweetness to low-calorie and sugar-free foods and beverages. Sweeteners can play a role in contributing to the healthfulness of a diet without having to sacrifice the pleasure of eating sweet foods.

Sweeteners: Addressing Common Questions and Debunking myths

14 January 2020

Many kinds of sweeteners, natural or artificial, are available to provide low-calorie alternatives to sugar. Are they safe and healthier than normal sugar?

Dietitian perceptions of low-calorie sweeteners

09 December 2014

A recent study published in the European Journal of Public Health has identified uncertainty surrounding sweeteners among dietitians, which is reflected by the diversity of positions taken by the media, public health...

8th DIETS - EFAD conference: Understanding sweetness

11 October 2014

The symposium was co-organised by the European Food Information Council and the Hellenic Dietetic Association...

EFSA conclude aspartame and its breakdown products are safe

08 January 2014

On 10 December 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released its opinion on the re-evaluation of aspartame as a food additive and concluded that aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current intake levels.


18 December 2013

Stevia is a natural, zero-calorie sweetening ingredient named after a plant that has been used to sweeten foods and beverages in many parts of the world for hundreds of years...

Stevia (Q&A)

08 December 2013

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni) is a herb native to Central and South America. It belongs to the same family of plants as sunflower and chicory. The plant was described and given its name by the Italian-Swiss botanist...

Aspartame (Q&A)

12 October 2013

Available for over 30 years, aspartame is approved for use in more than 100 countries around the world. Aspartame is a very thoroughly tested food additive with a comprehensive body...

Stevia sweeteners: No evidence of genotoxicity

13 November 2012

Researchers at two scientific consulting firms in the United States have conducted a review of published literature on the genotoxicity of steviol glycosides (stevioside and rebaudioside A)...

Benefits and safety of low calorie sweeteners

15 October 2012

Although low calorie sweeteners are sometimes seen as modern ingredients, they have been used for more than a century. In Europe and around the world, low calorie sweeteners...

Low calorie sweeteners

15 October 2012

During the 19th European Congress on Obesity, organised by The European Association for the Study of Obesity, which took place in France from May 9th to 12th 2012, the topic of low calorie sweeteners...

The role of low-calorie sweeteners in weight management

07 June 2012

Amid rising obesity rates, low-calorie sweeteners have been proposed as a potentially useful tool for weight management. By providing the sweet taste without the calories, low-calorie sweeteners...

Focus on Stevia

10 November 2011

Stevia is a plant that has been used for centuries by natives of South America as a traditional sweetener, added to herbal teas and other beverages. Stevia leaves contain natural sweeteners, called steviol glycosides...


Stevia and its evaluation by EFSA

16 June 2010

Dr. Ashley Roberts (Vice President of Food & Nutrition, Cantox Health Sciences International), provides an introduction to Stevia and steviol glycosides.

Stevia: A natural sweetener with potential

14 November 2009

Used by the indigenous peoples of South America for centuries, the plant Stevia has recently hit the headlines. Stevia contains natural sweeteners, called steviol glycosides, which taste up to 300 times sweeter than sugar without providing calories. A new addition to the sweetness portfolio that could help with weight management? European consumers will need to wait.

Low-calorie sweeteners, more than just a sweet taste

03 July 2005

Low-calorie sweeteners are very popular with the weight and health conscious. Providing few or no calories they are the primary source of sweetness in low-calorie and sugar-free foods and beverages.