Trying to either lose weight or maintain the number on the scale?  Many folks are these days. Suffice to say…it’s not easy.  Fortunately, there are a variety of food ingredients that can help, especially if you have a liking for sweetness. 

But first, a little background to level set.  It is important not to overlook the overall importance of an active, healthy lifestyle, which to cut to the chase, includes a sensible, balanced diet and regular physical activity.  To be clear, I don’t want to exclude other important factors when it comes to weight, such as adequate sleep and low stress, but for this blog, I want to give attention to the ‘calories in’ side of energy balance (calories in/calories out), and focus on a sweet alternative such as aspartame that can help manage your calories. 

Lately, though, there have been inconsistent and somewhat frightening headlines about sweeteners in the news. As a scientist (as well as a consumer of these sweeteners), let me reassure you – these sweeteners are among the world’s most thoroughly studied ingredients. In fact, millions of people—from all over the world--have been enjoying these sweeteners safely for many decades.   

To help clarify any lingering doubts, and provide you with both balance and references (It is always wise to ask for the evidence) check out our latest infographic – “The Skinny on Aspartame.” It offers credible information from independent sources like the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, just to name a few. It also highlights that aspartame has been proven safe time and time again with more than 200 studies spanning 40 years.

We feel evidence such as this is important to give people who choose to use these sweeteners the confidence that what they are eating and drinking is safe, and as part of a consistent regimen to help reduce total calorie intake, can help support a comprehensive weight loss or maintenance program.

That’s why we make it a priority to offer a variety of refreshing beverages for those who are watching their caloric intake, yet don’t want to compromise on the sweet taste they love. Here at The Coca-Cola Company, we offer more than 800 low- and no-calorie beverages – nearly 25% of our entire portfolio. The ingredients used to sweeten them give people virtually the same great taste, absent the calories. 

Still have questions? Leading experts and leading health organizations agree -- low- and no-calorie foods and drinks can be an effective tool to manage calories. Read what they have to say:

Rhona Applebaum

Rhona Applebaum, PhD is Vice President and Chief Science and Health Officer for The Coca-Cola Company.

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