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.
By: Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN -- Is it any coincidence that one of the hottest months of the year is also National Ice Cream Month? I think not! According to the International Dairy Foods Association, President Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. The President recognized...Read More
By: Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE -- There’s no debating it: Diabetes is a serious and growing national health concern. Nearly 30 million people (9.3% of the U.S. population) have diabetes, and 86 million (more than 1 out of 3 adults) have prediabetes. I’ve been a certified diabetes educator...Read More
By Carolyn Reynaud, MS, RD, LD -- Celebrate summer this year by breaking away from traditional BBQ and creating a menu that is not only tasty but healthy, too. An easy way to improve the nutrition of your menu is to focus on fiber. Fiber helps you to stay full and...Read More
The Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) found on packaged foods and beverages is scheduled receive a face-lift. In 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated updates to the NFL to make it more consumer friendly. The major changes to the NFL are a result of evolving nutrition recommendations and...Read More
“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...Read More
By: Amber Pankonin MS, RD, CSP, LMNT -- 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...Read More