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Perception of intentional and unintentional consumption of sweeteners

Grant number: 18/18563-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2019
Effective date (End): July 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Technology
Principal Investigator:Alline Artigiani Lima Tribst
Grantee:André Felipe Soares
Host Institution: Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisas em Alimentação (NEPA). Reitoria. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Sugar consumption is highly correlated with the increase of non-communicable chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which account for 60% of all deaths worldwide. For this reason, the World Health Organization strongly recommends reducing the intake of this nutrient. One of the strategies to achieve this goal is the partial or total substitution of sugars added in foods (homemade or industrialized) by non-nutritive sweeteners, in order to maintain the sweetness desired by consumers in the products. This strategy is being widely used, with US data showing increased consumption of up to 200% of sweeteners in the last decade. However, results obtained by recent research warn of the exacerbated consumption of these substances, which can lead to an ambiguous psychobiological condition with increased appetite leading to higher caloric intake and other eating and health disorders. Considering this scenario, it is necessary to understand: (I) how Brazilians perceive different sweeteners and understand the phrases used to describe products with sweeteners available in the market, (II) which classes of products are consumed with total and partial substitution of sugars. The results obtained in this research will serve to map the consumption and perception of sweeteners by Brazilians, and can be used to support governmental actions to educate consumers and to regulate the food industries aiming to obtain healthier products.

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SOARES, ANDRE F.; HONORIO, ALICE R.; DE LIMA, DIANA C. NUNES; TRIBST, ALLINE A. L.. Sweet processed foods in Brazil: use of sugar and sweeteners, inclusion of sugar claims and impact on nutritional profile. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, . (18/18563-5, 18/18915-9)
SOARES, ANDRE F.; HONORIO, ALICE R.; DE LIMA, DIANA C. NUNES; TRIBST, ALLINE A. L.. Sweet processed foods in Brazil: use of sugar and sweeteners, inclusion of sugar claims and impact on nutritional profile. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, v. 56, n. 9, SI, p. 4428-4433, . (18/18915-9, 18/18563-5)
HONORIO, ALICE RAISSA; SOARES, ANDRE FELIPE; DE LIMA, DIANA CLARA NUNES; TRIBST, ALLINE ARTIGIANI LIMA. Passion fruit nectar sweetened with stevia and sucralose: Is perception affected by the regular consumption of sweeteners or diabetes?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GASTRONOMY AND FOOD SCIENCE, v. 25, . (18/18915-9, 18/18563-5)

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