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.

 

Berry Good Breakfast Smoothie

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients 12 ounces lowfat vanilla yogurt 3 cups sliced strawberries 1 cup blueberries 3/4 cup light cranberry juice 1 1/2 tablespoons NatraTaste™ Gold (Baker’s Bag) 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 6 teaspoons grape nuts (optional) 2 cups cracked ice Directions Combine all the ingredients (except grape nuts)...

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Golden Carrot Cake

Makes 16 Servings Ingredients 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup NatraTaste™ Gold Cup for Cup 1/2 cup Sugar In The Raw® 2 eggs 2 teaspoons...

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An Ice Creamy Way to Stay Cool During...

 Is it any coincidence that one of the hottest months of the year is also National Ice Cream Month? I think not! According to the International Dairy Foods Association, President Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. The President recognized ice cream as a “fun and nutritious...

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Allulose: A Sweet New Tool for Diabetes Management

There’s no debating it: Diabetes is a serious and growing national health concern. Nearly 30 million people (9.3% of the U.S. population) have diabetes, and 86 million (more than 1 out of 3 adults) have prediabetes. I’ve been a certified diabetes educator for nearly 20 years and a registered dietitian...

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Enriching Your Summer Celebrations with Fiber

Celebrate summer this year by breaking away from traditional BBQ and creating a menu that is not only tasty but healthy, too. An easy way to improve the nutrition of your menu is to focus on fiber. Fiber helps you to stay full and satisfied and is found in a...

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New Nutrition Facts Label to State Added Sugar...

The Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) found on packaged foods and beverages is scheduled receive a face-lift. In 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated updates to the NFL to make it more consumer friendly. The major changes to the NFL are a result of evolving nutrition recommendations and...

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