Low-calorie foods and beverages provide consumers with many benefits, both psychological and physiological. Health professionals and consumers believe low-calorie products, including low-calorie sweeteners, are effective for the following purposes: weight maintenance, weight reduction, management of diabetes, reduction of dental caries and reduction in the risks associated with obesity.

Low- and reduced-calorie ingredients offer consumers healthy alternatives and a greater variety of products from which to choose. These ingredients can be found in chewing gum, candies, ice cream, baked goods, fruit spreads and canned fruits, fillings and frostings, beverages, yogurt and tabletop sweeteners. They are also used in toothpastes, mouthwashes and pharmaceutical products such as cough syrups and throat lozenges.

 

Welcome Warmer Weather with a Garden

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love food. My love of eating and trying new foods, especially health-boosting plants, eventually led me to a love for cooking. These days, I love to have fun in the kitchen and create new combinations of my favorite foods, try spices I’ve...

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Observational Findings Linking Intake of Sugar Containing Beverage...

While a recent study alleges estimated intake of sugar containing beverages is associated with markers of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, the observational nature of the study and other important limitations temper any significance of the findings. In the study, “Sugary beverage intake and preclinical Alzheimer’s disease in the community”, Pase et...

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Associations of Dietary Glucose, Fructose, and Sucrose with...

For your information, a study entitled “Associations of Dietary Glucose, Fructose, and Sucrose with β–cell Function, Insulin Sensitivity, and Type 2 Diabetes in the Maastricht Study” by den Biggelaar et al. was recently published in Nutrients. The purpose of the study was to determine associations between glucose, fructose, and sucrose...

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Research on Possible Impacts of Low Calorie Sweeteners...

An April 3 presentation during the 2017 Endocrine Society Annual Meeting and Expo featured an unpublished study abstract suggesting that low calorie sweeteners (LCS) increase adipogenesis in human fat biopsy-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). Additionally, researchers suggest that LCS consumption also results in increased expression of glucose transporters, taste receptors,...

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Spring Clean Your Eating Habits

Spring is finally here and what better time to take stock of your lifestyle habits and make some positive changes than a new season! You probably think of spring cleaning in terms of your wardrobe and closets, but how about spring cleaning your eating habits?! I’m not talking about “clean...

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Pomegranate Spritzer

Makes 1 Serving Ingredients 1/4 cup pomegranate juice 3 packets SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener 1 teaspoon lime juice 3/4 cup lime flavored seltzer Ice, as desired Directions Stir together all ingredients except seltzer in a large glass. Slowly pour in seltzer. Add ice if desired. Nutritional Information Calories 45 Sodium...

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