Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

How Artificial Sweeteners Can Help You Eat Less Added Sugar and Still Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Artificial Sweeteners

Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. One of the key recommendations was to reduce our intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of our total calories, or no more than about 12 teaspoons a day if consuming a 2000 calorie diet. The Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations from the American Heart Association also call for a reduction in added sugars intake to help lower your risk for developing heart disease. As a result of these recommendations, the food and beverage industry has been working to reformulate many products to lower the added sugar content.

This means we are starting to see new claims on the front of some food packages, changes in ingredient lists and in the nutrition facts panel. One way we can keep the sweet taste in foods and drinks at home while using less sugar is to replace some of that sugar with artificial sweeteners. In fact, the more we cook and bake at home, the more options we have to reduce the added sugars in our diets. Let me show you how. 

A Sneak Peek at the New Nutrition Facts Label

New Nutrition Facts Label

Have you caught wind that the Nutrition Facts label we’ve become accustomed to for more than two decades is undergoing a makeover? It’s a fact! By July 2018, most manufacturers will be required to update their labels and we thought you’d want a sneak peek at the key changes.

As you peruse the nips and tucks of this makeover, keep in mind that the main thrust of the Nutrition Facts label is to make sure that you have the nutrition information you need to make informed food choices. As you know, nutrition science is constantly evolving and new healthy eating guidelines, like the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, emerge as they did early in 2016. These factors came together to influence the label makeover.

The new Nutrition Facts label will change in appearance and will add or delete a few nutrients and vitamins and minerals. The biggest changes, which may help some consumers manage their prediabetes or diabetes, aim to increase the details you have at your fingertips about carbohydrate and added sugars in your foods. Now that’s good news!

Can Low-Calorie Sweeteners like SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener Help You Lose Weight? Facts vs. Fiction

weight loss diet plan

A new year is well under way and many of us are now trying to lose weight and form healthy weight loss diet plans. That being the case, it probably is time to revisit a few facts about the positive role SPLENDA® Sweeteners can have as part of a healthy weight management program. Here are key facts and some fictional statements that have been made on this very topic (we will discuss here some of the nonsense that floats around the Internet without substantiation).

Hopefully this information will serve as useful weight control information as you and your family strive to adapt healthier lifestyles this year and beyond. 

How Healthy Eating Habits, Exercise and Emotional Well-Being Are Connected

Healthy Eating Habits

As a registered dietitian I am always talking and writing about food and nutrition. I want to be sure everyone knows that a balanced diet is essential to good health. But your diet is not the only thing that must be balanced. Eating right is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and emotional well-being are equally important parts of a healthy lifestyle, and they must all be balanced for you to feel your very best.

One thing that does not contribute to a healthy lifestyle is the feeling you must do everything perfectly, especially when it comes to your diet. I can’t think of anything that could be more stressful! The balance we are seeking allows for some ups and downs, so strive to do your best and be forgiving if you can’t always live up to your own expectations for healthy eating habits.