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A new report published by the International Journal of Obesity, found that use of low-calorie sweeteners, like sucralose – the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, in place of sugar can help both adults and children lose excess weight1. The publication suggests that using low-calorie sweeteners can help reduce intake of sugar-containing foods.

The researchers, convened by the European branch of the International Life Science Institute (ILSI), note that attention should be paid to how low calorie sweeteners can be used to help achieve "public health goals, such as the reduction of intakes of free [added] sugars and energy [calories]." In addition, the research indicates that drinking beverages with low-calorie sweeteners instead of full- calorie beverages can be as useful as drinking water for helping with weight management.

"Experts agree that setting small goals and arming yourself with tools can help people work toward their weight loss goals without feeling overwhelmed," says Maureen Conway, MBA, MA, RDN, FAND, Director of Nutritional & Professional Affairs, Heartland Food Products Group. "This report adds to the body of scientific research showing the benefits of using low calorie sweeteners to reduce added sugars in our diets to help with weight management. So, enjoy your holiday treats in moderation with less added sugar as part of the small positive changes you can make in diet and physical activity to help keep off those unwanted pounds."