You hear and see media headlines galore about how sugar substitutes may impact your health or weight loss efforts, ranging from eyebrow-raising to nerve-calming. As a dietitian with a long term interest and extensive expertise in the research and practical use of low-calorie sweeteners, it’s critically important to me that you are informed accurately on this topic. Let’s get to what I consider the 7 Need-to-Knows about Sugar Substitutes.
When I was growing up I was told that if you swallowed a watermelon seed a watermelon could grow in your stomach. One way my friends and I made sure that didn’t happen was to eat our watermelon outside on summer afternoons so we could spit them out – providing us with a great excuse to have spitting contests with the seeds. The myth of growing watermelons from swallowing seeds quickly faded when we realized we were swallowing cucumber seeds without becoming a garden bed for cucumbers. Not all food myths, however, go away so easily, especially when the topic has to do with safety.
It can be difficult to make sense of all the latest – often conflicting – news and research about weight loss and weight management. SPLENDA LIVING™ bloggers have been addressing weight loss topics on this blog for several years now, providing credible, science-based information on timely food, nutrition and health topics. We hope the weight loss tips and information from our expert bloggers will help you make your own informed choices and provide support for your healthy lifestyle.
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Reading food labels provides us with valuable information that can make it easier to find the products that best fit our nutritional needs. They can also be confusing.
For example, did you know the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has definitions for “low sodium,” “low fat,” “low calorie,” “low cholesterol,” “sugar-free” and “lower sugar” – claims which appear on food labels? And did you know the claims “sugar free” and “no added sugar” don’t mean the same thing?
If you’re trying to control the amount of sugar in your diet, understanding the labels of “sugar free foods” can help make your shopping trips less confusing – and that’s sweet!
Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals, especially on damp, dark mornings. I have fond memories of waking up to scrambled eggs with buttered toast or Mom’s famous omelets. Whatever our breakfast consisted of, it was always very filling but definitely not low in sugar … can you say sweet corn muffins, French toast, pancakes (don’t forget the maple syrup) or homemade coffeecake? Breakfast was indeed a very memorable meal, thanks to a mother who loved to cook but didn’t necessarily strive to follow healthy breakfast recipes.
Now I personally know many people who are successful at improving their eating habits throughout the day, every day, and that includes eating a healthy breakfast. They also appear to be heeding health professional recommendations to reduce the amount of added sugars they’re consuming.
If you and your family enjoy eating a healthy breakfast to start the day right, here are a few yummy breakfast recipes made with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products that use less sugar and are incredibly satisfying. Give them a try!