Are artificial sweeteners a good substitute?

I am happy that the Government is taking steps to combat diabetes in Singapore ("MOH to wage war on diabetes"; April 14).

This health problem is definitely on the rise, and tackling it requires a big-picture approach that includes a drastic lifestyle rethink and even a change to the advertising code, such that businesses cannot aggressively promote sugary food to children.

However, I wonder if there will now be an increased use of artificial sweeteners. Are they really a good or healthier substitute?

Does the Ministry of Health have a stand on the use of artificial sweeteners, should their use become more widespread?

Colin Ong Tau Shien

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2016, with the headline 'Are artificial sweeteners a good substitute?'. Print Edition | Subscribe