Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

The Road to a Heart Healthy Diet: Reducing Added Sugars

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Note: February is American Heart Month

Sugar in a variety of forms has been a part of our diet for over 2,000 years. It’s hard to believe that an ingredient which plays a number of important functions in food, went from a luxury to a public enemy when eaten in excess. Although sugar can provide more than just sweetness to our foods, such as achieving desired texture, moistness, and other important functions; there is still a need for moderation.

With regard to added sugars and a heart healthy diet, The American Heart Association (AHA) states:
“Although sugars are not harmful to the body, our bodies don’t need sugars to function properly. Added sugars contribute additional calories and zero nutrients to food. Over the past 30 years, Americans have steadily consumed more and more added sugars in their diets, which has contributed to the obesity epidemic. Reducing the amount of added sugars we eat cuts calories and can help you improve your heart health and control your weight.”

How to reduce your intake of added sugars? Here are some simple steps: 

Kick Off Your “Big Game” Celebration with Football Party Food that Scores!

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It’s that time of year again. Groundhog Day.

And, oh yes. The “Big Game.” A football game that is watched by more than 100 million fans around the world. Fans gather far and wide to watch their favorite teams play, while as spectators, many of us will consume way too many calories from football party food and drinks.

You probably know the drill. It happens every year: a fun-filled sports event marked by a day of mindlessly noshing way too much, with eyes glued to a big screen TV.

You can easily game-plan ahead for football munchies that won’t draw a red flag on your health-focused New Year’s resolutions. Here are some of my favorite recipes that call for less sugar that you may want to try. All are made using SPLENDA® Sweeteners.

We hope you enjoy these smart plays for football party food recipes as well as the Big Game…and may the best team win. 

Mind over Matter: Hunger, Appetite and Sugar Cravings, Oh My!

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Yes, it’s that time of year again when your eyes are likely on the lookout for tips to trim pounds and to control your hunger and appetite. You may also catch come-on headlines for articles about how to control sugar cravings and sweet cravings. Be on the alert, within these reads you may spot verbiage that falsely accuses low-calorie sweeteners of causing hunger, increased appetite and/or cravings.

Let’s address the science on the connection between low-calorie sweeteners and increased hunger, appetite and/or cravings first. Then I’ll offer six practical strategies to help you put mind over matter to control them. 

Weight Loss Tips: Can SPLENDA® Sweeteners Help with My Weight Loss Goals?

Weight Loss Tips

If all you ever hear is “diets don’t work,” it’s easy to become discouraged about trying to lose weight. You even may have tried a few fad diets yourself and gained first-hand experience with their long-term ineffectiveness. But that doesn’t mean there is no hope in controlling your weight. What it may mean is you’re ready to forget about fad diets and turn to the research on what does work for weight management. Here’s a short recap of some of the latest findings that can help, including related weight loss tips.