Why you don’t know how much artificial sweetener you’re feeding your child

Parents don’t want to give their children foods with artificial sweeteners, surveys show.

Yet many parents are doing just that when they buy foods that say reduced sugar or no sugar added, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Studies show most parents aren’t aware that when they choose a low-calorie or low-sugar product, they are likely giving their children artificial or nonnutritive sweeteners,” said pediatrician Dr. Carissa Baker-Smith, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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Reaction from industry

The International Sweeteners Association, an industry trade group, sent CNN a statement, which read in part: “Research at (a) global level confirms that low/no calorie sweeteners’ intake remains well below the individual sweetener Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) among the general population, in both children and adults.”

Regulatory agencies from the US, Europe and the World Health Organization have “approved low/no calorie sweeteners for both adults and children,” the statement said.

“Accordingly, the safety of consumers, including children, is assured by said agencies and the permitted maximum levels of low/no calorie sweeteners based on their scientific advice.”