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.

 

Keep Up Your Fruits and Veggies This Winter

By Carolyn Reynaud, MS, RD, LD -- Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the most important steps to take in maintaining good health. However, it is not a surprise that this is where Americans tend to struggle the most in the quest for better health. As...

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Breakfast: Fast, Fun and Filling

By Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD -- You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While I wouldn’t say it’s the MOST important, it is certainly a meal you shouldn’t skip. Breakfast Benefits Breakfast not only fuels the body after a long overnight fast but...

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Eight Benefits of Prebiotic Dietary Fibers Summarized in...

The open access article “Health Effects and Sources of Prebiotic Dietary Fiber” was published in Current Developments in Nutrition. Following a brief review of the various definitions of prebiotic, the review article provides a summary of eight health benefits of prebiotic dietary fiber including the following: Effect on hind gut...

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Talking with Patients about Fiber and their Health

While trending diets and eating recommendations seem to be focused on elimination of specific foods or food components, it is important to advise patients on foods and ingredients they should consume – fiber being one of them. For example, numerous studies have shown fiber intake is associated with several positive...

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7 Major Changes Headed to a Product Label...

When it comes to food and product labels in today’s market, transparency is the name of the game. According to the 2017 IFIC Food and Health Survey, 90 percent of the population reports consulting the nutrition facts panel when shopping. With this in mind the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

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Research on Possible Impacts of Low Calorie Sweeteners...

[su_box title="The Doctor Oz Show's Claim that Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat Is Debunked" box_color="#F7A408" radius="0"]A January 17, 2018 segment on The Dr. Oz Show claims diet soda and low calorie sweeteners can cause inflammation and fat accumulation to make you fatter. While the show states there are a number...

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