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Healthy EatingAlmost everyone wants to live a healthier lifestyle, but sometimes figuring out what that really means can be tough, and making major change can be intimidating. The truth is that often living a healthier life is not about making massive changes, and even simple changes to your daily routine can pay big dividends in the long run. The SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog is giving real, simple, tangible advice to make living a healthier lifestyle an attainable reality. Check out our latest posts below, including information about healthy eating, exercising, and how SPLENDA® Sweeteners fit in with a healthy eating plan!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 8:31am  |  POSTED BY: Maureen Conway

The holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family, but too much pie, mashed potatoes and other seasonal treats can lead to the dreaded holiday weight gain, as reflected by responses to this informal online survey. The good news is that even small positive choices we make can really add up to make a difference. One choice commonly recommended by health care organizations is to find ways to cut back on sugary foods and beverages.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 7:06pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

A simple ruler may hold the key to preventing holiday weight gain this season. You’ll need it when unpacking the festive plates, glasses and utensils you use for all your holiday parties and meals. As indicated by the research cited in this blog, noting the size of that dinnerware can help you control the size of the portions you eat.

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 9:26pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the foods that will be served at one of your holiday dinners? For me, it’s my mother’s recipe for turkey stuffing. Although it contains a loaf of white bread and a pound of pork sausage and is loaded with calories, it just wouldn’t be the holidays without it! If you feel the same way about the special dishes that are part of your holiday meals, but are concerned about year-end weight gain, help is on the way!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:45am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

When you say “Thanksgiving dinner,” what comes to mind? The smell of a turkey roasting in the oven since dawn? That Grandma Grace’s amazing Fluffy Salad may be gone before you get a portion? That you would rather start with dessert since it is your favorite part of the meal? Yes, all three of the above would describe me, especially the latter. Although I did not coin the following phrase, I should have: “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” And I know I’m not alone!

As times change, so do many of our traditions. One difference (being the dessert person that I am) is that we said goodbye to the usual heavy, calorie-laden pumpkin pie as the dessert of choice on Thanksgiving. We still have a pumpkin-y dessert but because so many members of my family have made health-related lifestyle changes, desserts have taken on a lighter, less sugary profile.

In this blog, I’d like to share with you some popular dessert recipes consumers discovered at Splenda.com. All of them use SPLENDA® Sweetener Products that will reduce the amount of added sugar in the recipe. We think you’ll want to give some of them a try as they would make delicious additions to any Thanksgiving meal.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 11:05am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Far too often, when people think about how what they eat can affect their heart health, they think only of consuming too many calories and overeating two types of foods: “bad” fats and salt (sodium). However, excess consumption of added sugars is quickly becoming one of the most discussed contributors to heart disease risk.

In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) specifically recommends cutting back on the consumption of added sugars. While explaining the need to reduce added sugar intake, AHA notes, “Using low- and no-calorie sweeteners is one option that may help in an overall healthy diet. Foods and beverages containing low- and no-calorie sweeteners can be included in a healthy eating plan, as long as the calories they save are not added back as a reward or compensation. The FDA has determined that certain low- and no-calorie sweeteners, such as sucralose, are safe.” (Sucralose is the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners.)

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 12:12pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

There’s so much in the news these days about the dangers of eating too much sugar I find myself tuning out the frightening warnings so I can enjoy my favorite gelato in peace. If you’ve stopped listening to those broadcasts, too, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to stick to a sugar-free diet for it to be a healthy one. What those reports about high added sugar diets fail to mention is that the people who consume them often have other dietary habits that contribute to poor health, like not eating enough fruits and vegetables or using too much salt. But research on people who eat well-balanced meals based on plant foods and healthy fats and oils, such as the Mediterranean Diet or DASH Eating Plan, shows us you can include some added sugar as part of a happy, healthy lifestyle!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 7:41am  |  POSTED BY: Maureen Conway

When was the last time you thought about the amount of added sugars in your diet?

Studies show that most Americans eat more than twice the amount of added sugar than is recommended for a healthy lifestyle. Excess sugar intake can contribute to excess weight gain, and being overweight may increase the risk of developing serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease. The SPLENDA® Brand is proud to support the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart, which provides families with information, cooking know-how and recipes for affordable and nutritious meals that can be made at home. These simple swaps can help you and your family reduce added sugar intake without sacrificing the great flavors you enjoy.

Check out this infographic to see how you and your family can cut down on added sugars with these easy swaps!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 12:20pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Have you noticed the movement advancing across the country to promote sugar free or sugarless diets? You can hear about it in the campaigns calling for “added sugars” to be included on food labels and in the proposals suggesting taxes on sugary drinks.

One problem with this effort is that there is no way to remove all of the sugars from what you eat.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 8:11am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

In one form or another, meal planning has always been a part of human life. Picking up a week’s worth of groceries from a well-stocked supermarket has only been an option for the past 100 years. Before then, obtaining food and preparing meals for a single day took most of the day for someone in each household. Now whether popping a breakfast sandwich into the microwave, choosing lunch from a take-out menu or placing a grocery order online, meal planning is still an essential everyday activity.

How well you plan for your daily meals can have a big impact on how healthy they will be.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1:36pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Being a Registered Dietitian is sometimes like being a referee. I feel like that whenever someone asks me to tell them which is better, “SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) or sugar?”

Since eating isn’t a sport where judgment calls have to be made “on-the-fly,” I rely on the science about these two sweeteners to help my clients decide for themselves which one to use. That results in a winning call every time!

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