How can foods and beverages sweetened with aspartame fit into a healthful diet?
Consumers can easily enjoy products sweetened with aspartame as part of a healthful diet. As a sweetener, aspartame can reduce or replace the sugar and calories in foods and beverages while maintaining great taste. Thus, aspartame offers one simple step to help people move closer to achieving a more healthful diet.
Health experts agree that eating well and being physically active are keys to a healthful lifestyle. To help people achieve a more healthful lifestyle, the US government provides the "Dietary Guidelines for Americans." One of the guidelines states, "Choose beverages and foods to moderate your intake of sugars." The World Health Organization also recommends a number of dietary guidelines to combat chronic diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes. One recommendation is to limit sugars added to some foods and beverages.
Consumer research shows that low- and reduced-calorie foods and beverages have become part of the lifestyle of millions of men and women who want to stay in better overall health, control their weight, or simply enjoy the many low- or reduced-calorie products available.
The following chart shows how easy it is to reduce calories and carbohydrates by simply substituting traditional products with aspartame sweetened products.