Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

Welcome to the SPLENDA® Blog: SPLENDA LIVING™!

It seems like every time you open your browser or turn on your TV, there is a new story warning about the health dangers of one product or giving "superfood" status to another.  Oftentimes, the story you see this week contradicts the one you read last.  We know it can be hard to make sense of all the latest news and research.  So we’ve created this blog to help you do just that.  Our goal is to provide you with credible, science-based information about SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and other sugar substitutes, so that you can make your own informed choices.

We’ve recruited bloggers who are experts on the topics of nutrition, healthy eating, and healthy lifestyle choices to share their knowledge and experience with you.  These bloggers have graduate degrees in fields like Medical Sciences, Human Nutrition, Cultural Anthropology and Life Sciences Communications and decades of experience educating consumers.  They’ll help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to myths about dieting, low-cal products, and SPLENDA® Brand Products specifically.

Heartland Food Products Group, LLC, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweeteners, supports the SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog but the opinions of the bloggers are their own.  These posts are informational and you should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before altering your diet or changing your exercise regimen.

Meet the SPLENDA LIVING™ Bloggers!

Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN

 “After earning my undergrad and master’s degrees in human nutrition to answer people's questions about "what" they should eat, I then obtained my master's degree in cultural anthropology to better understand "why" people eat what they do. I’ve been exploring that world, and how it impacts our beliefs and behavior, ever since.  What motivates me when blogging as The Everyday RD is the opportunity to help people make the best eating decisions for their everyday diet. Whether filling a shopping cart or ordering off a menu, deciding what to eat should not be a daily battle. My blogs will separate the facts from the fiction about food and nutrition so you can enjoy eating again. That’s because I know it’s not about finding the one diet that’s right for everyone. It’s about finding the one that’s right for you.”

As a registered dietitian, Robyn Flipse has headed the nutrition services department in a large teaching hospital and maintained a private practice where she provided diet therapy to individuals and families. She continued to spread the word about eating right when she taught nutrition courses at three New Jersey colleges and wrote The Wedding Dress Diet (Random House, 2000) and Fighting the Freshman Fifteen (Three Rivers Press, 2002). Working as a nutrition consultant for over 30 years has allowed her to reach an even bigger audience, writing magazine and newsletter articles and serving as a media spokesperson for numerous food and beverage companies.

Robyn lives on the Jersey shore where she takes daily meditative walks along the Atlantic and tends to her organic vegetable and herb gardens. She is a member of the Nutrition Blog Network.

Sue Taylor, MS

“Ever since I can remember, watching my stay-at-home mother work her magic in the kitchen was such a delight. Everything was made from scratch, with many of the ingredients coming from our garden. My interest in food, and subsequently nutrition, eventually led me to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees at two major Midwestern universities (Ohio State and University of Wisconsin-Madison). To this day, the same strong interest that gave me joy working side by side with my mother in her kitchen brings me to share my nutrition knowledge, along with my fondness for good food, on this blog.” 

Sue Taylor is an author, consulting nutritionist, and the owner of her own communications consulting firm. As a former registered dietitian, for more than 35 years she provided consulting services for food industry clients, developing educational materials on food and nutrition with regard to menu and recipe planning, consumer communications, and public relations. In addition to her nutrition knowledge, Sue has unique expertise in the area of family and consumer sciences.

Sue began her dedication to food science when she was inducted her senior year in college in Omicron Nu, the National Honor Society for excellence in family/consumer science. She also has worked on various projects for the Wisconsin Department of Public Education/Foodservice and supported the Wisconsin potato industry by helping plan and implement product promotion activities.

Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM

“Healthy eating today is one tough job! The good news is simple tweaks in food choices and eating habits can often set you on a healthier path.”

Hope Warshaw is a nationally respected dietitian and diabetes educator who applies more than 30 years of expertise as an author, freelance writer, media spokesperson, consultant and diabetes educator. Hope is most well known for her expertise in the areas of healthy eating and diabetes nutrition management – the topics covered in her books. She is the author of Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy and Guide to Healthier Restaurant Eating, both published by the American Diabetes Association.

Hope offers practical solutions to healthier eating for one person during individual counseling, or to millions through varied communication vehicles, from web-based articles, columns and blogs to interviews on radio and TV and quotes in newspapers and magazines.

Hope is a contributing editor to Diabetic Living and Better Homes and Gardens, Nutrition Section Editor for, an online continuing education source for healthcare professionals and the author of “Nutrition Q&A,” a monthly column published by the Washington Post.  Hope is also a member of the Nutrition Blog Network and a tireless volunteer in local and national diabetes and nutrition communities.

Sylvia Meléndez Klinger , MS, RD, LDN, CPT

“As a registered dietitian, it is often my job to translate research and guidelines into step-by-step recommendations that are easy for anyone to follow, so consumers can make healthier eating decisions. Small change is key – start with one change at a time until it comes naturally. These changes can be simple goals such as drinking water every hour, switching your afternoon snack to a piece of fresh fruit instead of a packaged treat or replacing two meals a week with a variety of seafood. No matter which goal you choose, always start with the easiest change and build incrementally, working up to the most difficult ones.

Sylvia Klinger, registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, is founder of Hispanic Food Communications, a food communications and culinary consulting company based in Hinsdale, Illinois. A Hispanic native who is a leading expert in cross-cultural Hispanic cuisine as it relates to nutrition and health, Sylvia has an impressive record and knowledge of Hispanic foods and culture. She uses her in-depth culinary and cultural expertise to introduce new strategies for wellness to an increasingly health-conscious Hispanic population. Sylvia has appeared on NBC, ABC, Fox News, CNN Spanish, Univision, Telemundo, America Teve, TV Azteca, Mundo Fox, and Telefutura. She has been a guest nutritionist on Hispanic radio talk shows and for several publications, including Latina Magazine, Siempre Mujer, Vanidades, and El Nuevo Impact. She is a regular contributor to many websites, including, NBC Latino, Fox News Latino, Huffington Post, and Mamas Latinas. Also, for more than 30 years, Sylvia has been a consultant for major food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies and serves on several boards of non-profit organizations. Important Disclosure: Our bloggers are professionals who are extremely knowledgeable and considered to be experts with regard to food and nutrition. They have established their careers in science-based nutrition communications and have served as advisors and expert consultants for the food industry in general, and for specific food companies. They have been compensated for their time but their statements and opinions are their own. The SPLENDA LIVING™ Bloggers have pledged to Blog With Integrity, asserting that the trust of their readers and the blogging community is vitally important to them.