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.

 

Review of Sucralose Safety Published in Food and...

“Critical review of the current literature on the safety of sucralose” by Magnuson, et al., was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology in August 2017. The article provides a comprehensive review of animal and human studies conducted to evaluate the safety of sucralose. The extensive studies evaluated endpoints including possible...

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Summer Harvest with Fiber

As a Registered Dietitian, even I struggle with getting the recommended amount of fiber. Did you know that men should aim for 38 grams/day and women should aim for at least 25 grams/day? However, the average intake is around 15 grams/day. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are all good sources...

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Meta-Analysis of Sugar and Type 2 diabetes Published

Tsilas et al., present research findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis in the article “Relation of total sugars, fructose and sucrose with incident type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies” published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The authors evaluated data from 9 publications...

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Addressing Weight Control: Are You Asking Your Patients...

Why Do People Eat What they Eat? When working with patients, dietitians are trained to evaluate the nutrition status of clients, reviewing everything from medical history, to biochemical and anthropometric data, to lifestyle habits and dietary intake. We determine the best diet for individual clients based on this big picture....

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How Sweet It Is: Enjoy Candy without Guilt

June is National Candy Month, an annual event created by the National Confectioners Association to celebrate the authentic, fun treats that candy companies have been producing for more than 100 years. Whether its chocolate, hard candy or soft chewy treats, can candy be part of a nutritious eating plan? Absolutely!...

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Diet, Gut Bacteria and Health

 We each walk around with about 10 times more bacteria cells in our guts than we have human cells in our entire bodies! In fact, there are about three pounds or so of bacteria in the human gut that are busy doing things that affect our wellbeing. The Internet is...

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