Safely Enjoy Sweetened Foods Within a Healthful Eating Plan, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

May 22, 2012—In a recent paper published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), the Academy acknowledges that while consuming high levels of sugar can increase a person’s risk of obesity, consumers can safely enjoy the range of sweeteners, both calorie-containing and no-calorie, as part of an eating plan that is guided by current federal nutrition recommendations. It identifies these recommendations as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Dietary Reference Intakes and also cites individual health goals and personal preference.

The paper’s authors, registered dietitians Cindy Fitch and Kathryn S. Keim, offer suggestions for healthfully consuming nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners. They recommend cutting back on calorie-containing sweeteners by drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, sports or fruit drinks, decreasing consumption of foods that are high in added sugars and safely enjoying the range of calorie-containing and no-calorie sweeteners in foods and beverages as part of a healthful eating plan as outlined in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

To view the position paper, which was published in the May issue of the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, visit

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