New WHO Guideline on Artificial Sweeteners

I suppose that everyone has already seen this ( WHO advises not to use non-sugar sweeteners for weight control in newly released guideline ), but in a new guideline from May 15, 2023 the WHO seems very unenthusiastic about artificial sweeteners. Some long discourse on the subject is available for download.

Please note the words:

“Results of the review also suggest that there may be potential undesirable effects from long-term use of NSS, such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mortality in adults.”

I’m just posting the reference. What to do (or not) is your own decision.


Please also note the words:

“The recommendation applies to all people except individuals with pre-existing diabetes”

And no, I am not promoting that Artificial Sweetners are good for diabetics, just trying to be fair to the article.

They will have to pry my Truvia out of my cold tasty, iced tea. JUst saying.


I gave up using them several years ago. I decided it was playing games with my metabolism. Essentially eating something sweet where your body expects calories and doesn’t get them and I think it slows your metabolic rate in response.

Mostly though I just don’t use any sweetener and if I want something sweet, I’ll just eat sugar or maple syrup in very small quantities.

It also makes me not crave sweets the way I did when I was eating artificial sweeteners.

I doubt there is any real risk like cancer or something like that, but for me, I just realized I don’t need them.

Use them if you think you need to though

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I haven’t used artificial sweetner in many years. Since following Mastering Diabetes I have used maple syrup, agave and dates. I learned to drink my coffee and tea black. I try to just eat whole non processed food, but that is just me.


@Marilyn6 ,

A little while ago a lady who had been the editor (I think) of Nature Neuroscience wrote a book called Why Diets Make Us Fat. For many good scientific reasons, she is against weight-loss dieting for almost everyone.

About your post:

One of the suggestions she does make is to avoid ‘processed foods’ as much as is reasonable. The more ‘processed’, the worse.

I take her ideas seriously, after having done some fact-checking myself.

You might want to read her book. I liked it. I think that you can also find free recordings of her TED talks, etc., on the Web.

Good luck in all your endeavors,


@Rphil2 ,

Do you live in the South?

Thanks MapleSugar. I have always heard that weight loss diets don’t work, because as soon as the weight is lost, most people go back to their old ways of eating and gain all the weight and more back.

That’s reasonable, however what if you weigh more than you want to weigh? You will need to restrict calories in order to burn fat. I was at a loss when I started gaining weight when I started pumping, because I had better control and I thought it meant I could eat whatever I wanted. So I gained weight to where I ended up 36 lbs overweight.
I tried everything and I couldn’t lose because it caused my sugar to crash. But then I tried intermittent fasting. It’s not for everyone but I like it. And I’ve been able to lose weight, I have another 17 lbs to go and then I’ll just do it less.

Diets can work if you change your diet to a healthy diet and you are dedicated to eating healthy.
If you are just with holding from yourself and it makes you unhappy, then it won’t work.

I follow mastering diabetes but I consume a tiny bit of dairy and lean meat once a week. And I do 24 hour fasts on the weekends. And I think I could do it for the long haul. We will see after a while


I totally agree, but the majority of people can’t seem to stick to a weight reduction diet. We are constantly bombarded with ads for fast food and junk food. It can be very hard to walk away from good looking food, even if you know that it is bad for you.

If I didn’t have heart stents, I don’t know if I could stick to an extremely healthy way of eating.

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無知盛行的唯一條件就是觀點的價值高於現實 讓疼痛持續存在所需要的就是舒適度高於治療。

Sensible advice, but I weigh 107. I have never had a weight problem.

I have used Splenda for many years,never used saccharine. At almost 71,good numbers,I don’t worry about it.Nancy50

Also allergic to stevia,which is too bad.Nancy50

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No, I live in Indiana, which is above the mason Dixon line and far south of any good reason.

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Perhaps no one on these panels is actually diabetic with a nasty sweet tooth! If that IS one’s State, one is delighted to experiment with these things until one finds a good “fit” for one’s Everyday Life!`