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Nutr Hosp. 2014 Apr 1;29(4):719-34. doi: 10.3305/nh.2014.29.4.7393.

Chinchón declaration; decalogue on low- and no-calorie sweeteners (LNCS).

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Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences. University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Spain. Nutrition Research Foundation-FIN. Barcelona Science Park. Barcelona. Spain. Ciber Obn Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition. Institute of Health "Carlos III". Madrid. Spain.. lserra@dcc.ulpgc.es.
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Jiménez Díaz Foundation idc-salud. Madrid. Spain.. lserra@dcc.ulpgc.es.
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Health Council. Community of Madrid. Spain.. lserra@dcc.ulpgc.es.
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Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Complutense University of Madrid. Spain..
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Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health Department. University of Navarra. Pamplona. Spain..
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Health Council. Community of Madrid. Spain..
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Nutrition Research Foundation-FIN. Barcelona Science Park. Barcelona. Spain. Corachan Clinic. Barcelona. Spain..
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Department of Clinical Nutrition. La Paz University Hospital. Madrid. Spain. Health Research Institute (IdiPAZ). Autónoma University of Madrid. Spain..
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Ciudad Jardín Health Centre. Madrid. Spain..
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Department of Epidemiology. IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche "Mario Negri". Milan. Italy. Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health. Università degli Studi di Milano. Milan. Italy..
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Rosa Luxemburg Health Centre. San Sebastián de los Reyes. Madrid. Spain..
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Faculty of Pharmacy. CEU San Pablo University. Madrid. Spain..
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Madrid Health Service. Community of Madrid. Spain..
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Nutrition Research Foundation-FIN. Barcelona Science Park. Barcelona. Spain. Ciber Obn Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition. Institute of Health "Carlos III". Madrid. Spain..
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Clinical Analysis Centre. Wellbeing and Health Clinic. Madrid..
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Virgen del Rocío University Hospital. Sevilla..
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Madrid College of Pharmacists. Spain..
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Polytechnic University of Madrid. Spain..
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Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmacy. Complutense University of Madrid. Spain..
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12 de Octubre University Hospital. Madrid. Spain..
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Spanish Society of Community Nutrition. Bilbao. Spain..
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La Paz Children's University Hospital. Madrid. Spain..
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International Sweeteners Association. Madrid. Spain..

Abstract

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Multidisciplinary experts in the areas of nutrition and health met in Chinchón, Madrid, on November 25-26, 2013 under the auspices of the Fundación para la Investigación Nutricional (Nutrition Research Foundation) and with the collaboration of the Madrid Regional Government's Health Ministry, the International Sweeteners Association and the Carlos III Health Institute CIBER of Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition. They analyzed the current status of scientific knowledge on low- and no-calorie sweeteners (LNCS) and developed a consensus Decalogue on their use; this constitutes the Chinchón Declaration. Sweeteners, including sugar, represent a subject of undeniable interest and are currently a popular topic, although areas relating to their safety and benefits remain unknown to segments of academia and the general public. The nature of LNCS makes them vulnerable to biased and even contradictory information. They are food additives that are broadly used as sugar substitutes to sweeten foods, medicines and food supplements when non-nutritional or non-caloric alternatives are needed. The Chinchón Decalogue is the outcome of a meeting for reflection and consensus by a group of experts with backgrounds in different scientific disciplines (toxicology, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, physiology, food science, public health, pediatrics, endocrinology and nutrition, nursing, pharmaceutical care and food legislation). The Decalogue includes different aspects of LNCS related to regulation, use, benefits and safety. In general, benefits of LNCS have been traditionally neglected in comparison with the tendency for emphasising unexisting or unproven possible risks. The need to strengthen research on LNCS in Spain was emphasized, as well as the need to educate both professionals and the public.

PMID:
24679013
DOI:
10.3305/nh.2014.29.4.7393
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