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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Yogurt Fruit Salad

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients 1 medium-size red Delicious apple, diced 3 oranges, peeled and sectioned 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 packets Sweet 'N Low zero calorie sweetener 1 container (8 ounces) plain low-fat yogurt 2 medium-sized bananas, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup chopped pecans *Or add any of your favorite...

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Ask an Expert

Do you have questions about low-calorie sweeteners? Want to learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle? You asked and we listened. Our resident Registered Dietitians answered the most popular questions about low-calorie sweeteners, as well as aspartame, sucralose and stevia— take a look below.   [su_accordion] [su_spoiler title="Why are some...

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Frozen Peach Raspberry Cooler

Makes 14 oz Ingredients 1 ½ cups frozen peaches 2 ounces (¼ cup) water 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice 1 packet Sweet’N Low zero calorie sweetener 6-8 fresh mint leaves ¼ cup fresh raspberries Mint sprig and additional fresh raspberries for garnish Directions In a blender, mix peaches, water,...

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How to Stay Active This Summer

Do you find your activity level changes with the seasons? Exercise is an important part of weight management and overall health and it’s imperative to maintain an exercise routine year round. Summer heat can be particularly challenging for outdoor exercise. And while you can certainly exercise indoors, most of us...

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It’s the Dose that Matters

Robyn Flipse, MS. MA, RDN Consultant to the Calorie Control Council There are many things in life that are safe, fun or even good for us when we follow the rules. Observing the speed limit while driving is certainly one of these rules.  How about enjoying an occasional ice cream...

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CPE – Sucralose

“Sucralose” is a one-hour of self-study continuing professional education (CPE) Level-1 module for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs). Upon completion of this module, dietetic professionals will be able to: List the characteristics of sucralose that relate to its use as a sweetener and its safety as...

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