When you can give sugar and sweeteners on children foods

Noncaloric sweeteners, also called no- and low-calorie sweeteners, or sugar substitutes, add sweetness to foods and beverages without adding calories. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, foods and beverages sweetened with noncaloric sweeteners can be incorporated into a healthy eating plan.

Noncaloric sweeteners can help make reduced-calorie foods and beverages taste better, which can help in long-term weight maintenance.


Check Food Labels

Keep in mind that products containing noncaloric sweeteners may not be calorie-free or fat-free. Check the food labels for nutritional information.


Where We Stand

Due to limited studies in children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has no official recommendations regarding the use of noncaloric sweeteners.


Additional Information:

  • Fat, Salt and Sugar: Not All Bad
  • Allergies and Hyperactivity
  • Healthy Active Living for Families
  • Preventing Tooth Decay
  • eatright.org (‚ÄčAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics)