URBANA, Ill. – For many people with diabetes or those trying to control their weight, non-nutritive or artificial sweeteners are often considered a safe and healthy option to help avoid sugar consumption. They add a sweet taste to food or beverages, while adding few (or no) calories to the diet.

There is well-documented research on the health risks of sugar consumption in terms of child and adult obesity, but studies are ongoing to provide conclusive evidence that non-nutritive sweeteners offer benefits toward weight management or other health benefits.