Study Finds Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium Have No Effect on Blood Glucose

DiabetesATLANTA (March 31, 2014) —A study funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has found that consumption of sucralose and acesulfame potassium has no effect on blood glucose and insulin levels. Additionally, the study found that neither of the sweeteners have an effect on how quickly the stomach empties.
In the study, 10 healthy males consumed four different drinks on four different occasions after an overnight fast. The four drinks were water, water with sucralose, water with acesulfame potassium and water with both sucralose and acesulfame potassium.

The study found that blood glucose and plasma insulin levels did not change after the men drank plain water or water with sucralose and/or acesulfame potassium.

“Using low-calorie sweeteners can be a great way for people to enjoy the foods they love without impacting their blood sugar levels,” according to Theresa Hedrick, a dietitian with the Calorie Control Council. “Foods and beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners may be lower carbohydrate alternatives that can be important tools in the fight against obesity and diabetes.”

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