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Following the incredible ‘Je Suis Charlie’ turnout in France one is inclined to look favourably on the French psyche. Then we read this. What do you think of this bit of bureacratese?

Sweeteners no swap for sugar say French authorities

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has concluded that recommending intense sweeteners as a way of reducing sugar intake is not appropriate, and cannot be justified as a public health strategy. The reason for this is that they found no conclusive evidence of beneficial effects on the incidence of type 2 diabetes, blood sugar management, sweetness perception or weight management. They commented that, “sugar intake reduction is to be achieved by the overall reduction in the sweet taste of food, and from an early age,” and are interested as to how consumption among children might effect their development of taste, food preferences and intake control in later life. With regards to the intake of sugary and sweetened drinks, they believe that these “…are not a substitute for water consumption.”  The ANSES believe that more research is needed, especially concerning the consumption among children, pregnant women and diabetics, and more focus on the use of sweeteners for general weight management.

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