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.

 

Apple Cranberry Strudel Bites

Makes 7 Serves Ingredients Cooking spray 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, diced 2 tablespoons dried cranberries 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon golden raisins 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon chopped crystallized ginger* 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon cornstarch 4 teaspoons Equal® Spoonful OR 2 packets Equal® Sweetener 14 mini...

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Put the Fresh into Refreshment

Spring break is upon us, which means the sun is shining, the weather is warmer and the days are getting longer. The warmer weather also means many of us will swap out our warm beverages for cool, refreshing ones. It’s also time to start getting ready for summer bathing suit...

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Snack Mix

Makes 10 Servings Ingredients 2 1/2 cups rice or corn square cereal 1 1/2 cups crispy corn puff cereal 1 cup small pretzels or gold fish shaped pretzels 2 tbsp + 2 tsp SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, 1 Gram of Fiber, Granulated 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup peanut...

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Study Review – “Fructose in Breast Milk is...

A recent study published in Nutrients asserts that fructose in breast milk is significantly associated with infant body composition.  Twenty-five mother-infant dyads participated in the study in which infants were exclusively breastfeed from 1 month (first time point) until 6 months (second time point). At both the 1 month an...

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Slow Cooked Sweet Chicken Chili

Makes 8 Servings Ingredients 6 skinless chicken breast 1 can red kidney beans (14.5 oz.), low sodium, undrained 1 can pinto beans (14.5 oz.), low sodium, undrained 1 can black beans (14.5 oz.), low sodium, undrained 1 cup green bell pepper, cleaned and chopped 2 tablespoon Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend...

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“The human brain produces fructose from glucose” Summary...

A recent study entitled “The human brain produces fructose from glucose” published in JCI Insight sought to examine whether peripheral hyperglycemia can drive intracerebral production of fructose through the polyol pathway [glucose –(aldose reductase)à sorbitol –(sorbitol dehydrogenase)à fructose] in an exploratory study. Researchers at Yale selected 4 male and 4...

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