Low-Calorie Sweeteners: Harmonizing Authoritative Statements for Practitioners

Tuesday, October 20
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (Central Time)
Location:
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 157722

In 2019, several authoritative documents that include scientific reviews and resulting recommendations related to low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) and their use were released. These documents include reports and perspectives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and Health Canada. The conclusions of each group differ slightly, likely due to the approaches applied in assembly and evaluation of evidence. Understanding the basis for recommendations is important for clarity around how to relay messages in nutrition practice. In this session, several example statements, the applied methodologies, final recommendations, and implications for research and dietary guidance will be reviewed and compared. An overview of approaches in example reports will be followed by an external academic perspective on the evidence evaluations. The session will conclude with a panel discussion during which speakers will share perspectives on the strengths, limitations, and challenges of evidence review for specific dietary components and populations, and possibilities for further strengthening evidence-based authoritative recommendations related to LCS use in the diet.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze evidence review methodologies applied by various authoritative groups that issued 2019 recommendations for low-calorie sweetener use, and describe how and why methods and outcomes might differ
  • Apply the understanding of the complexities related to evaluating the literature relevant to low-calorie sweeteners and the elements of research that are critical to a strong evidence base
  • Articulate the key research gaps in the area of low-calorie sweetener use and effects of consumption

Performance Indicator:

  • 4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based
    research and literature in decision making.
  • 6.2.3 Interprets data to make recommendations and
    to inform decisions.
  • 2.1.8 Delivers accurate and credible messaging.

    Moderator(s)

  • Low-Calorie Sweeteners: Harmonizing Authoritative Statements for Practitioners -

    Richard Mattes, MPH, PHD, RD

    Purdue University

  • Speaker(s)

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    Carissa Baker-Smith, MD, MPH

    Director Pediatric Preventive Cardiology

    Nemours/ Alfred I du Pont Hospital for Children

  • Low-Calorie Sweeteners: Harmonizing Authoritative Statements for Practitioners -

    Shamera Robinson, MPH, RDN, CDCES

    Director, Nutrition

    American Diabetes Association

  • Low-Calorie Sweeteners: Harmonizing Authoritative Statements for Practitioners -

    John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, FRCPC

    Associate Professor and Staff Physician

    University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital