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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Fiber on Nutrition Facts Labels

If you want to make one healthy change in your diet starting today, start by evaluating how much fiber you’re getting in your diet. Why? Because many of us struggle to consume the recommended daily amount of fiber we should be getting in our diets.  Plus, dietary fiber has so...

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Myth or Fact: Metabolic Syndrome.

MYTH: Low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame, promote Metabolic Syndrome, glucose intolerance, and increased risk of diabetes. FACT: Aspartame has no effect on blood sugar levels; it has been declared safe for people with diabetes.   [su_table] Human Clinical Trials  Maersk et al, AJCN, 2012 (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/95/2/283.full.pdf+html) Overview 6-month intervention, (RCT), n=47...

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Myth or Fact? Decrease satiety.

MYTH: Low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame, increase desire for sweets, promote hunger, and decrease satiety. Claim: By “confusing” our taste preferences, leading to altered taste perception and a preference for high-calorie ad sweet-tasting foods and beverages. FACT: Studies on humans (as opposed to rats) show that including low-calorie sweeteners like...

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Myth of Fact? Weight Gain.

Myth: Low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame, cause weight gain. FACT: Trial after trial consistently demonstrates that substituting aspartame and other low cal sweeteners for caloric sweeteners are associated with modest weight loss.   [su_table] HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS -- Modest weight loss with substitution of diet products/beverages Blackburn et al, AJCN,...

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Diabetes Myth Busting: Snacks are a Must

Myth: People with diabetes must eat snacks two or three times daily. Real deal: Snacks are optional for most people with diabetes.   Let’s crush some snack-related anxiety. Snacks are not required for most people, even those with diabetes. If you like them and they help you, snack on. Just...

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Diabetes and Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Whether you are managing type 1 diabetes (when your body is not producing insulin) or type 2 diabetes (when your body produces insufficient amounts of insulin or insulin that does not function correctly), managing blood glucose levels is critical. Careful planning includes considering meals, snacks, and physical activity since they...

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