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.

 

Research on Possible Impacts of Low Calorie Sweeteners...

An April 3 presentation during the 2017 Endocrine Society Annual Meeting and Expo featured an unpublished study abstract suggesting that low calorie sweeteners (LCS) increase adipogenesis in human fat biopsy-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). Additionally, researchers suggest that LCS consumption also results in increased expression of glucose transporters, taste receptors,...

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Spring Clean Your Eating Habits

Spring is finally here and what better time to take stock of your lifestyle habits and make some positive changes than a new season! You probably think of spring cleaning in terms of your wardrobe and closets, but how about spring cleaning your eating habits?! I’m not talking about “clean...

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Another Perspective on Added Sugars

Consuming Modest Amounts May Improve Overall Dietary Quality As a Registered Dietitian, I approach designing an individualized eating plan or group menu with an eye on science-based nutrition as well as an eye towards acceptance.  After all, if people don’t like their food and it ends up in the trash,...

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Pomegranate Spritzer

Makes 1 Serving Ingredients 1/4 cup pomegranate juice 3 packets SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener 1 teaspoon lime juice 3/4 cup lime flavored seltzer Ice, as desired Directions Stir together all ingredients except seltzer in a large glass. Slowly pour in seltzer. Add ice if desired. Nutritional Information Calories 45 Sodium...

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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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