Saccharin in the diabetic diet - a real need?
Bautista, Josefina F.
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The effect of saccharin on dietary adherence and weight loss were determined in fifty adult-onset diabetic outpatients. Reliance upon and attitudes toward saccharin intake of high carbohydrate foods, consumption of sugar substitute and other saccharin-containing foods, and weight changes over a one-year period were assessed. A large percentage of the saccharin-users showed positive attitudes and great reliance on saccharin. Dietary adherence was assessed by using scores on high carbohydrate foods consumed as shown in the high carbohydrate diet history. Statistical analysis using Chi-square tests showed that there was no significant difference between saccharin-users and nonsaccharin-users in their degree of adherence to a carbohydrate-restricted diet. Neither was there a significant difference between saccharin-users and non-saccharin-users in their success in losing weight. Correlation analysis was also done on the attitude toward saccharin and adherence to diet and between amount of saccharin used and adherence to diet. No significant correlation values were found. The only important function of saccharin observed was its role as psychological factor as majority of the saccharin-users believed that saccharin does make their food more tolerable thus making their lives more pleasant and comfortable.