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.

 

What Does “Fat is Back” Really Mean?

The headlines proclaim “Fat Is Back on U.S. Tables,” “Fat is Back: Vilified Nutrient Gets Reprieve” and “Fat Is Back and Diet Food Is Out!” So does that mean endless amounts of fried chicken, cream gravy and cheese fries are back on the menu? Whoa! Let’s take a closer look...

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No-Fuss Bread Pudding

Makes 9 Servings Ingredients 6 cups cubed challah bread 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup chopped walnuts 3/4 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated 3 cups reduced fat milk 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/8th teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 large eggs Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil an...

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Sweet & Sour Chicken

Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 4 bell peppers, 1 each of red, yellow, green, and orange if possible, seeded and cut into 1-inch strips (around 5 cups) ½ cup pineapple juice + 1 cup pineapple chunks from 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice, divided ¼ cup cider vinegar 3 tablespoons...

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Putting Breakfast on the Menu

Are you a member of the breakfast club – or do you miss out in the morning? September is Better Breakfast Month, a time to wake up to the benefits of eating a nutritious breakfast and give the meal the respect it deserves. Numerous studies support the importance of eating...

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Fall into the Farmer’s Market

With summer coming to an end and school schedules resuming, I find myself falling back into more structured meal planning. Like many families, our summertime dinners are often simply grilled meats and vegetables paired with salads, fresh fruit and whole grain breads. But as the weather turns cooler, our dinner...

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Study Summary – Chronic Fructose Substitution Has Little...

An article entitled “Chronic fructose substitution for glucose or sucrose in food or beverages has little effect on fasting blood glucose, insulin, or triglycerides: a systematic review and meta-analysis” by Evans et al. was recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The systematic review addressed the effect of...

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