Fit-Lato and Pregnant Women
Fit-Lato recognises that it is unethical to carry out studies during pregnancy on any of the ingredients used in our product. The main ingredients people are often concerned with are polydextrose, xylitol, erythritol and whey protein.
Whey is an off-cut of cheese production. Fit-Lato uses pure whey protein concentrate with no additives is sourced from local, well-known dairy producers like Warrnambool. We recommend that you consult your physician/obstitrition before consuming whey protein.
Although more research is required to fully determine the effects in in utero exposure to sugar substitutes, the available data do not suggest adverse effects in pregnancy. However, it is recommended that sugar substitutes be consumed in moderate amounts, adhering to the acceptable daily intake standards set by regulatory agencies.
Polyols are compounds that occur naturally but they are manufactured for use commercially.22 Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations indicate approval for the use of the following sugar alcohols: “hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, maltitol syrup, mannitol, sorbitol, sorbitol syrup, xylitol and erythritol.”22 Limited evidence exists on the effects of polyols during pregnancy. However, owing to the presence of polyols in both maternal and fetal samples from normal pregnancy,23 it is likely that these compounds are safe when consumed in moderation. Polydextrose is another compound that is approved as a food additive. Unlike polyols, polydextrose supplements texture without adding sweetness to foods.22 It is a synthetic indigestible glucose polymer and is classified as a dietary fibre; therefore, it is not expected to be a concern.24
In regards to the consumption of these ingredients during pregnancy please consult your physician and dietician is recommended.
All information referenced from the National Institutes of Health:
- Health Canada [website]Sugar alcohols (polyols) & polydextrose used as sweeteners in foods. Ottawa, ON: Health Canada; 2005. Available from: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/addit/sweeten-edulcor/polyols_polydextose_factsheet-polyols_polydextose_fiche-eng.php. Accessed 2013 Jul 30. [Google Scholar]
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