Use of Sugar Substitutes during Pregnancy and Lactation
When consumed within the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI), sugar substitutes are safe during pregnancy and lactation, in moderation.4 It is important that foods made with sugar substitutes do not replace more nutritious options.4
Use of Sugar Substitutes in Infants and Children
Sugar substitutes are not recommended for infants and children.5 Food and drinks containing sugar substitutes may replace more nutritious options that are required to promote optimal growth and development.5
Alternatives to Sugar and Sugar Substitutes
Generally, an individual will use sugar substitutes to help reduce the amount of sugar in their diet. There are other ways that an individual can reduce the amount of sugar in their diet and these should be encouraged by healthcare providers.
- Individuals should be encouraged to read food labels to look for sources of sugar and sugar substitutes. Hidden sources of sugar include white sugar, beet sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, agave syrup, honey, maple syrup, barley malt extract or fancy molasses, fructose, glucose, glucose-fructose (also known as high fructose corn syrup), maltose, sucrose or dextrose, fruit juice concentrates and purée concentrates. Choose unsweetened food products, like non-dairy beverages, oatmeal, applesauce, and nut butters.