How can sweeteners help people facing diabetes?

How can sweeteners help people facing diabetes?
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The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) has put its support behind World Diabetes Day, an event held this week in order to encourage better access to quality education about the illness. 

November 14 2022 marked the 11th time that the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) have held World Diabetes Day, and to mark the event they held a series of workshops to provide greater information on the subject. 

Among these workshops was an event organised by the Mexican Diabetes Federation, which is supported by the ISA on the theme “Uses and benefits of low/no calorie sweeteners”. This was followed by a webinar by the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD), who presented the latest nutritional guidelines for obesity and diabetes management, including discussing the role of sweeteners in combating the illness. 

Through these events and other information available on their website, the ISA have sought to demonstrate the potential value of sweeteners in combating diabetes by providing the pleasure of sweet taste without affecting blood glucose control. Unlike carbohydrates, low or no calorie sweeteners do not raise blood sugar level, and they can be used safely by people with diabetes. 

For further information about the role of sweeteners in diabetes management, the ISA have made a series of previous webinars and scientific events available on their website.

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