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.


Focus on Fiber during Family Meals Month

 By: Amber Pankonin MS, RD, CSP, LMNT -- With school back in session, it’s important to make sure that you and your children are getting enough fiber. September is also family meals month, so this is the perfect time to focus on adding more fiber to family mealtimes. The Dietary...

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4 Smart Food Strategies for Back to School

By:  Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND -- With back to school in swing and more demands on your time, it’s easy to let food and nutrition fall from the priority list. This year, look at the routine that back to school brings an opportunity to add structure and planning...

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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

By: Ellen Stokes, MS, RD, LD -- 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....

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Fall into the Farmer’s Market

By: Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE -- 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...

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