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An course exploring low calorie sweeteners in our diets (free for students/health professionals)

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Module 1: Low Calorie Sweeteners in our diet
30 minutes
Low calorie sweeteners in our diet
Module 2: Regulations and Recommendations
45 minutes
Regulations and Recommendations
Module 3: Can low calorie sweeteners fit into a healthy balanced diet?
45 minutes
Can low calorie sweeteners fit into a healthy balanced diet?
Module 4: Sugars, Sweeteners and Obesity
45 minutes
Sugars, Sweeteners and Obesity
Module 5: Controversy - Evidence vs. Opinion
45 minutes
Controversy - Evidence vs. Opinion

Complete the course to access the final assessment.

Course details

Free places available

If you are a health professional or a student, you can register for free access to this course.

To register for your free access, health professionals please click here and students please click here. 

Low calorie sweeteners (LCS) are a nutrition area of interest, but we know that they can also attract strong and often conflicting views, for example their effectiveness of weight loss. Despite national and international expert authorities finding LCS to be safe and authorising their use, there continues to be consumer concerns around their safety and potential side effects, with some people avoiding food and drinks containing LCS. It is important for professionals to be aware of the scientific evidence rather so that they can help consumers make informed choices about including LCS in their diet.

This course would therefore be of particular use to health professionals and students wanting to gain a better understanding of LCS and to explore some of the more debated areas, such as their use in weight management.

It may also be of interest to those working in the food industry (e.g in manufacturing, retail or catering), whether in food product development, food technology or any other roles where knowledge on sweeteners may be useful.

The course content will cover:

  • Module 1: Low calorie sweeteners in our diet
  • Module 2: Regulations and recommendations
  • Module 3: Low calorie sweeteners in a healthy balanced diet
  • Module 4: Low calorie sweeteners, sugars and obesity
  • Module 5: Controversy: evidence vs opinion

The extensive course will also include video clips from experts, and downloadable fact sheets for additional reading.

In total this course will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete but it doesn’t have to be completed all at once. You can complete the course at your own pace – there is no time limit.

Your views are important to us and we welcome any feedback you would like to send. You can contact us by email If you have any questions about the course please contact us at the same address. 


BNF is grateful for the financial support provided by Tate & Lyle towards the production of this course. The content has been developed by BNF alone.

Certification details

At the end of this course, on successful completion of a final assessment, you can receive a personalised certificate of completion from the British Nutrition Foundation.

Why not listen to BNF's Dr Lucy Chambers introducing the course.

We will be looking at the controversy in Module 5 of the course but as a taster why not listen to Professor Peter Rodgers discussing one of these controversies. Why may there be a perception that LCS is associated with weight gain.