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.

 

Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Makes 1 Serving Ingredients 2 packets of SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt Directions Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Nutritional Information Calories 190 Sodium 70mg Carbohydrates 37g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 29g Protein 16g Recipe...

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Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Pops

Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 4 packets SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener 1/4 cup 1% milk 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt 1 cup sliced strawberries 1 tsp vanilla 4 each paper cups 4 each popsicle sticks Directions Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.POUR about 1/2 cup of...

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Making Sense Out of Sugars

Sugar- Free? Are You Sure about That? Cruising the internet the other day, I ran across a recipe for “Sugar-Free Apple Pie Filling.” I was instantly suspicious.  The recipe’s ingredients listed no white sugar, but did include a can of 100% pure unsweetened apple juice concentrate.  Apple juice is naturally...

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Summary of Nutrients Special Issue “Dietary Fructose and...

Nutrients recently published a special issue entitled “Dietary Fructose and Glucose: The Multifaceted Aspects of their Metabolism and Implication for Human Health” which included fifteen papers relating to these monosaccharides. Staff has identified articles of interest to the Working Group and has provided a summary of each, including points of...

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Aspartame: Safety and Approval

Aspartame is a low-calorie sweetener that has been safely used in a variety of foods and beverages for over 30 years. More than 200 scientific studies support the safety of aspartame. Aspartame has been reviewed by regulatory agencies from around the world, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),...

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Chipotle Pepper BBQ Sauce

Makes 56 Servings Ingredients 4 cups tomato puree 5 chipotle chilies, stems removed 4 tablespoons SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 3 cups chicken stock 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard 1 tablespoon smoked salt Directions Add all ingredients to a saucepot and simmer...

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