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Clearing Up 5 Common Myths about Dieting

July 21, 2014

including one about SPLENDA® Brand Sucralose safety

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Many people I know are following some weight loss regimen, which is not surprising considering that more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight. In fact, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, a whopping 69% of American adults are overweight (and 35% of these are considered obese). And for many dieters and weight-conscious consumers, outlandish tips about reaching a healthier weight are as close as their next Google search. Myths about the best way to lose weight thrive, in part due to mythology that is circulated on the Internet where misinformation lives forever. 

Some of the misinformation that I hear repeated by friends is tied in some way to the following five myths:

Myth: You don’t have to count calories to lose weight.
Fact: Counting calories is important.
Thanks to the plethora of fad diets that eliminate whole groups of foods, there is a misunderstanding that calories don't matter. Not true! Calories are calories, whether they come from fat, protein or carbohydrate.

Myth: Calories eaten at night are more fattening than those eaten early in the day.
Fact: “Calories are calories are calories
, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in,” according to Dr. John Foreyt, director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as quoted in “6 diet myths to ignore,” a blog by EatingWell magazine.

Myth: It's important to fast periodically, to cleanse toxins from your body.
Fact: “Your body has its own elegantly designed system for removing toxins
– namely, the liver, kidneys and spleen. There isn't any evidence that not eating -- or consuming only juice -- for any period of time makes them do this job any better,” explains Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., R.D., of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the EatingWell blog

Myth: You should cut out low calorie sweeteners because they are bad for you.
Fact: There is no reason whatsoever to not use low calorie sweeteners to help reduce your sugar (and calorie) intake.
Recently, this myth used to be focused on saccharin. Then it was aspartame and now you see myths popping up on sucralose, the no calorie sweetener in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. These are all products that can be a great help with safely cutting calories from sugar! Along with other low calorie sweeteners, the safety of sucralose (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products), is extremely well documented, including the fact that it does not cause side effects. The Food and Drug Administration, along with regulatory, health, and food safety authorities around the world, have concluded that SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener is safe. Not only does SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener have no known side effects, it has been the subject of extensive safety testing, with more than 20 years of research and over 100 scientific studies. It has been used throughout the world by millions of people since 1991, and there are no warning labels on SPLENDA® Sweetener Products to exclude anyone from enjoying them.

Note: for more info. on this topic, please read the excellent blog by my SPLENDA LIVING colleague, Robyn Flipse, RD – “Fact vs. Fiction: Sucralose Dangers and Side Effects.”

Myth: Consuming diet soft drinks can make you gain weight.
Fact: Diet beverages can help you reduce calorie or sugar intake which can be a tool for weight management and a catalyst for a healthy lifestyle.
That is why the American Diabetes Association says that sugar substitutes help those who want to control their weight or have diabetes stick to a healthy meal plan.”

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Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.

July 21, 2014  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Debunk the Junk Science, Healthy Lifestyle


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