The Calorie Control Council, established in 1966, is an international association representing the low- and reduced-calorie food and beverage industry. Today it represents manufacturers and suppliers of low- and reduced-calorie foods and beverages, including manufacturers and suppliers of more than two dozen different alternative sweeteners, fibers and other low-calorie, dietary ingredients. Council staff includes experts certified in public health, food and nutrition.
The Council provides a forum for its members to discuss and resolve issues and ensure excellent cooperation among key internal and external stakeholders internationally. The Council promotes open dialogue between its members and scientific and governmental organizations, health professionals, consumers groups—on topics related to the safe use and benefits of low- and reduced-calorie ingredients and products. As part of this objective, careful attention to scientific research has been a cornerstone of the Council since its founding. From time to time, the Council has sponsored studies on low- and reduced-calorie ingredients, foods and beverages—including ingredient safety, consumer usage and public opinion.
The Council has fostered the communication of information on the importance of diet, physical activity and weight control in achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Council believes that consumers will benefit from a better understanding of the importance of reducing calorie intake and increasing caloric expenditure as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. The Council’s motto is “healthy eating and exercise for life”®!
Based on thorough reviews of the scientific evidence, the Council supports the use and continued availability of acesulfame potassium, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, stevia sweeteners, sucralose, monk fruit, advantame, cyclamate, and polyols. The Council also supports the continued availability of currently approved dietary fibers and encourages the approval of additional safe low-calorie sweeteners, dietary fibers, and other dietary ingredients for those wanting or needing them. The Council and its member companies support the availability of a wide variety of safe low- and reduced-calorie ingredients. The public is best served by having a variety of low- and reduced-calorie ingredients, to allow for greater variety in the diet for those choosing such products.
The history of the Calorie Control Council editorial team includes staff certified in public health, food and nutrition. In addition, the team has included paid outside advisors:
Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD
Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian nutritionist based in Dallas. She was a freelancer with Woman’s World magazine for 20 years and currently serves as a nutrition communications consultant to a variety of food and nutrition organizations. Neva is a paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. She is passionate about promoting fact-based food and nutrition information to help people enjoy nutritious eating. Follow her on Twitter @NevaRDLD
and check out her blog at www.NevaCochranRD.com
Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE
Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist with more than 20 years’ experience helping people enjoy their food with health in mind. Melissa is a certified diabetes educator, a former supermarket dietitian, and also a former national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She was named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in Illinois by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Outstanding Diabetes Educator of the Year in Chicago by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Melissa is a former paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. Melissa is the CEO of Sound Bites, Inc. based in Chicago, Illinois, and you can connect with her on Twitter @MelissaJoyRD
, and check out her blog at SoundBitesRD.com
Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN
is a registered dietitian, cultural anthropologist and paid scientific advisor to the Calorie Control Council, whose 30+ year career includes maintaining a busy nutrition counseling practice, teaching food and nutrition courses at the university level, and authoring 2 popular diet books and numerous articles and blogs on health and fitness. Her ability to make sense out of confusing and sometimes controversial nutrition news has made her a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNBC, FOX News and USA Today. Her passion is communicating practical nutrition information that empowers people to make the best food decisions they can in their everyday diets.
Reach her on Twitter @EverydayRD
and check out her blog The Everyday RD
Jen Haugen RD, LD
Jen Haugen RD, LD is an award winning registered dietitian based in Austin, MN. She is currently writing her first book, focusing on growing healthier families through gardening and cooking together. She is also a media expert frequently appearing on ABC 6 News . In 2012, Jen was named Emerging Dietetic Leader in Minnesota by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Jen is a former paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. She continues to be a leader in her field with her supermarket and media expertise, garden program development and nutrition experience. Reach Jen on Twitter @JenHaugen
and check out her blog JenHaugen.com
Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN
Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the founder of Nutritioulicious, a nutrition consulting business in the New York area. She is an experienced nutrition writer, author and speaker and consults for food and beverage companies including the California Strawberry Commission, Fresh Express, Metamucil, and the Corn Refiners Association, though the ideas expressed are her own. Jessica is a former paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. She is also a contributing writer for Today’s Dietitian Magazine. Jessica is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and various Dietetic Practice Groups of the AND, including Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Food and Culinary Professionals, and Dietitians in Business and Communications. Follow her out on Twitter @jlevinsonRD
and check out her blog Nutritioulicious
Amber Pankonin MS, RD, CSP, LMNT
Amber Pankonin MS, RD, CSP, LMNT is a registered dietitian and licensed medical nutrition therapist based in Lincoln, NE. She works as a nutrition communications consultant, freelance writer, food photographer, and adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Amber is a former paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. Amber shares her love for food and nutrition at Stirlist.com, an award winning website, focusing on healthy, easy recipes for the busy cook. Amber serves on several boards including the Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group, and also co-founded a group to motivate female entrepreneurs in her town. You can follow her on Twitter @RDamber
, or connect with her on Facebook
Keri Peterson, MD
Keri Peterson, MD is a medical contributor and columnist for Women’s Health and a frequent guest on NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox News and CNN. Based in New York City, Dr. Peterson has been in private practice since 1999 and holds appointments at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center. With a BA from Cornell University and a Medical Degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she completed post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Peterson is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. Dr Peterson is a paid medical advisor for the Calorie Control Council.
Carolyn Reynaud, MS, RD, LD
Carolyn Reynaud, MS, RD, LD is a licensed registered dietitian. She received her BS in nutrition from Michigan State University and her Masters and Certificate in Public Health from Georgia State University. She has experience working in several avenues of health care including corporate wellness, clinical disease management, research, and health promotion. Carolyn is a former paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. She has been working as a health coach specialist for close to 6 years, where she counsels patients on preventative healthcare and helps them meet their health goals. Follow her on Twitter @ReynaudCari
Rosanne Rust MS, RDN, LDN
Rosanne Rust MS, RDN, LDN is a registered, licensed dietitian-nutritionist with over 25 years experience. Rosanne is a former paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. As a Nutrition Communications Consultant, she delivers clear messages helping you understand the science of nutrition so you can enjoy eating for better health. Rosanne provides weight management coaching at RealLivingNutrition.com
and is the co-author of several books, including DASH Diet For Dummies® and the Calorie Counter Journal for Dummies®. A wife, and mother of 3 boys, she practices what she preaches, enjoying regular exercise, good food and festive entertaining. Follow her on Twitter @RustNutrition
Ellen Stokes, MS, RD, LD
Ellen Stokes, MS, RD, LD is an award-winning video producer, director, and writer in addition to being a registered dietitian. Ellen writes and creates videos about nutrition education, food safety, menu planning, grocery shopping, and healthful cooking on a budget. Ellen is a former paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. Ellen has worked with organizations and companies including the Partnership for Food Safety Education, the University of Georgia Food Science Department, and Golden Cuisine. Ellen formerly worked for CNN as a writer and producer and has taught food safety online for Georgia State University and she teaches nutrition to fledgling chefs at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Check her out on Twitter @EllenS_RD
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND has worked as both a nutrition counselor and a diabetes educator in the hospital and research settings, and now in private practice in Newport News, VA. Jill is the author of Diabetes Weight Loss – Week by Week
and two upcoming books, The Overworked Person’s Guide to Better Nutrition
and 21 Things You Need to Know about Diabetes and Your Heart
. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association. Jill is a former paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. Follow Jill on Twitter @NutritionJill
and find more at JillWeisenberger.com