Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

Do Low-Calorie Sweeteners like SPLENDA® Cause Weight Gain?

Does SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener Cause Weight Gain?

At one time or another we’ve all experienced the jaw-dropping discovery that something we believed to be true, isn’t. I still can recall the unsettling moments in my childhood when I found out the truth about Santa Claus and the tooth fairy! If you’ve had similar situations where something that you thought was a fact suddenly became fiction, then you understand the power of myths.

If you’ve had similar situations where something that you thought was a fact suddenly became fiction, then you understand the power of myths.

Myths often begin as a way to explain things we don’t understand. Based on my 30+ years as a consulting dietitian I know that over time myths can become “common knowledge” as more and more people accept and repeat them. Soon, there’s no one left to question whether that information is true or not, and the myth becomes part of our reality. 

Save Calories Without Even Counting Them

Save calories with SPLENDA®

It’s 2017, and we’re no longer just about calories. Counting calories is out, and counting nutrients is in. For the most part, this is great news because calorie counting can be a bit tedious, can take the joy out of eating and sometimes, ignores actual nutrients in food. But still, calories do matter. At the end of the day, losing or maintaining weight comes down to calories in (what we eat) versus calories out (what we burn).

While there’s no need to meticulously count the calories of everything you eat, it’s still a good idea to have a general idea of what’s in your food, and where the empty calories might be coming from. Empty calories are those that contribute calories but not positive nutrition.

Keep reading to see how you can save plenty of calories that might show up in some unexpected places – and how to easily reduce calories from added sugars by using SPLENDA® Sweeteners. 

Is Sucralose Safe? Clearing Up the Confusion in 3 Steps

Is Sucralose Safe

Have you had your daily dose of the latest controversial nutrition headlines? Some days I feel as though I’ve had more than my share. When that happens, I like to step back and remind myself that even the news has to be consumed in moderation for me to remain healthy and sane!

One of the more surprising items I read recently had to do with a new research paper (about an old study), in which mice were given diets containing sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in the original SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and other foods. The research group that performed the study is a small institute in Italy with a history of publishing research that has been found to be unreliable in making safety assessments of food ingredients.

I was surprised to see this study published because it had been the subject of criticism when these researchers published an abstract about it over 4 years ago. 

Snacks Make Sense for Tailgating Food

Tailgating Food

Are you one of the millions of Americans who likes to snack? Me too!

In fact, research confirms that we are a nation of snackers! According to a recent report, “91% of consumers snack multiple times throughout the day. Snacking now accounts for half (50%) of all eating occasions as America’s consumers say that snacking is essential to daily nutrition.”

With football season providing many opportunities to serve tantalizing tailgating food, why not make your next tailgate event – either at the game or in your living room – all about snacks instead of a heavy spread?

As we like to do at SPLENDA LIVING®, here are some delicious recipes made with less added sugar using a variety of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. These recipes range from salsa, dips and nut mixes to succulent chicken wings. Try one or two, or a little taste of everything… just be mindful of your portion sizes.

Let the tailgating food snacking begin!