GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The World Health Organization is now advising people not to use non-sugar sweeteners for weight control.
News 8 spoke with Shanthi Appelo, a registered dietitian with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, about the research that went into the decision.
The research shows that there may be potential side effects with long-term use of non-sugar sweeteners, such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Appelo said the best ways to replace the sweeteners are with natural sugars like fruit.
She also said that if you consume non-sugar sweeteners or sugary snacks, it’s best to do so in moderation.