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.

 

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Polydextrose

Where It Comes From Polydextrose is a soluble (dissolves in liquid) fiber that is a polymer of many glucose units randomly bonded together. How It’s Made Polydextrose has been available as a food ingredient since the 1960’s.  Heat is used to bind together many dextrose (glucose) units in a random...

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Recommended Daily Intake

“Of the under-consumed nutrients, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, and vitamin D are considered nutrients of public health concern because low intakes are associated with health concerns.” – Dietary Guidelines for American 2015-2020 (8th edition). In the United States, the recommended dietary fiber intake is 14g/1,000kcal. For an average adult, this...

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How This Dietitian Took Control of Her Sweet...

By: Carolyn Reynaud, MS, RD, LD When you’re a dietitian, the assumption is that eating healthy comes effortlessly to you. Believe me, that is not necessarily the case.  As a kid (and like many adults to this day), I turned up my nose at vegetables, preferred pizza to a healthy,...

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5 Steps to Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND Yikes! The holidays are here! According to a new study, Americans typically gain a small amount of weight around Thanksgiving and then a bit more around Christmas.[i] The researchers estimate that it takes about 5 months to lose those holiday pounds. Rather than...

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Healthy Eating Tips for the Holiday Travel Season

Robyn Flipse, MS. MA, RDN Consultant to the Calorie Control Council One of the best things about the holidays is the chance to spend time with the people we don’t get to see as often as we’d like throughout the year. But getting together with far-flung family and friends means...

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How to Make Recipes Your Own: Pumpkin Edition

By: Carolyn Reynaud, MS, RD, LD Some people cannot wait until the calendar turns from August to September, just so they can enjoy a variety of seasonal pumpkin food and drink offerings for the rest of the year!  Some folks don’t enjoy pumpkin-spice everything, but I, for one, am totally...

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