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Gut Check: Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners and the Gut Microbiome
Reducing consumption of added sugars is a recommendation made by nutrition experts and health authorities around the world, including the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the World Health Organization. Low- and no-calorie sweeteners (LNCS) provide sweetness without calories and one potential benefit of their use is to help reduce intake of added sugars. As intake trends of added sugars and LNCS have shifted in recent decades, researchers continue to explore the related and potential health implications. One area of research that is still in its infancy is the impact of LNCS on the human gut microbiome. In this webinar you will learn about the human gut microbiome, how low- and no-calorie sweeteners interact with our gut microbiome, and what the published literature has to say about the relationship between these interactions and risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

This 60-minute webinar will include time for audience Q&A with the speaker. Please register below to attend!

Note: IFIC is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR-credentialed practitioners will receive 1.0 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this live webinar.

Webinar Competencies and Performance Indicators:
> 4.2.6 Integrates relevant information with previous learning, experience, professional knowledge, and current practice models.
> 6.3.1 Accurately and ethically shares research findings with a variety of audiences.
> 8.1.4 Integrates knowledge of macro- and micronutrients for digestion, absorption and metabolism throughout the lifespan in practice.


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Sabrina Ayoub-Charette
Doctoral student, Department of Nutritional Sciences @University of Toronto
Sabrina Ayoub-Charette is a Doctoral student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her early work focused on systematic reviews and meta-analysis of the effect of food sources of fructose-containing sugars on various cardiometabolic risk factors. More recently, Sabrina's interests have shifted towards the role of non-nutritive sweeteners in replacing added sugars in the diet, and their particular effects on the human gut microbiome. Currently, Sabrina the main data analyst and bioinformatician of the Strategies To OPpose SUGARS with Non-nutritive sweeteners Or Water (STOP SUGARS NOW) trial, which is a clinical trial investigating the effect of replacing sugar-sweetened beverages with non-nutritive sweetened beverages or water on the risk for diabetes and the gut microbiome in overweight or obese sugary beverage consumers.
Kris Sollid, RD
Senior Director of Nutrition Communications @IFIC
Kris Sollid is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for improving nutrition science communications. As the Senior Director, Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC), Kris leads IFIC’s nutrition team. Since joining IFIC in 2009, his role has included creating continuing professional education resources, leading consumer research projects, engaging with social and traditional media and authoring articles for IFIC’s website, as well as external consumer and peer-reviewed publications. Kris has earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder (BA in Geography) and the University of Maryland, College Park (BS in Dietetics). He is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a past President of DCMAND, the Academy’s District of Columbia Metro affiliate.