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.

 

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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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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Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients 1 teaspoon arrowroot or cornstarch 1 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated 1/2 cup water 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries 1 medium orange, peeled, seeded and diced Directions Combine the arrowroot (or cornstarch), SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener and water in a medium saucepan, stirring until SPLENDA®...

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Cucumber and Onion Salad

Makes 6 Servings Ingredients 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced unpeeled cucumbers 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions 1/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated 1/3 cup white vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Directions Place cucumbers and onions in a non-metallic, medium-sized bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a small...

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Berrilicious Salsa

Makes 12 Servings Ingredients 1 cup fresh raspberries, cut into half 1 cup fresh blackberries, cut into half 1 medium apple, coarsely chopped 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 orange, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon chopped red onion 1 green onion, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon diced...

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