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.


Gingerbread Cake

Makes 18 Servings Ingredients 2 cups unsweetened applesauce 3/4 cup molasses 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/3 cups SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon...

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Is a Low Carb Diet for Everyone?

By: Jen Haugen, RDN, LD -- -- Low Carb Diet Defined -- Low carb diets tend to be defined as diets low in “starchy and sugary” type foods.  That may mean that those who follow a low carb diet are avoiding foods like breads, pastas, rice, tortillas, potatoes, corn, peas,...

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How to Stay Healthy When It’s Cold Outside

This year, the temperatures took a little longer than normal to realize the winter solstice had passed, but those winter temperatures have finally moved in across the country. Colder temperatures usher in the season of flu, colds, dry skin, seasonal depression and weight gain. Here are six ways to stay...

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Oven Glazed Chicken Wings

Makes 3 Servings Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped 1/4 cup hot sauce 1/4 cup tomato paste 3 tablespoons SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar and Stevia Sweetener Blend 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 1/2 pounds chicken wings, cut...

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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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5 Ways to Stay Hydrated All Year Long

By: Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN -- Hydration is something we think about often during the hot summer months when we’re noticeably thirsty and sweaty, but as the temperature starts to drop from fall into winter, we’re less likely to hydrate as much as we should.  Dehydration, which can lead...

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