The World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidance to avoid using zero-calorie nonsugar sweeteners (NSS)—such as aspartame and stevia—for weight loss. The WHO advised that artificial and natural sweeteners have not been shown to help with long-term weight loss in children or adults. In fact, their use may come with side effects, including an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes. The agency’s only exception to the recommendation is for individuals with preexisting diabetes.
This new guidance doesn’t address consumption safety; it only comments on using NSS for long-term weight loss. However, eliminating sweeteners is the healthiest option. Talk to your doctor if you have diet or disease risk questions.