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Make Every Bite Count: Ramping Up the Taste of Healthy Foods

August 5, 2014
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As we are approaching the height of the summer heat, I was recently thinking about my personal checklist when it comes to eating a healthy diet.

  • Have a longstanding family history of diabetes
  • Have a college education that focuses on healthy food and nutrition
  • Love all/most things food-related except for liver, raisins and okra
  • Keep up-to-date on the latest food trends and nutrition information
  • Am thinking some “healthy” foods could use a flavor boost (okay, I guess “flavor boost” is a ruse… I admit I am talking about sweetness, thanks to my inherited, ravenous sweet tooth!)

There you have it, a brief but focused insight into my world (albeit a very quick glimpse). The bottom line is that my family history of diabetes is no doubt the most important when it comes to my personal health. That’s why I try to eat like I have diabetes. No, I don’t have diabetes but one of the first lines of defense is eating a healthful diet. It is a possibility that I will develop this disease since my brother, father, uncles, cousins and grandmother (all on my father’s side, and none of them are/were overweight) currently have or had type 2 diabetes. And guess what?  They all LOVED sweets. 

I for one am very thankful for the availability of no-calorie sweeteners that are available today. They have made eating much more enjoyable for me as well as my relatives who must restrict their intake of sugar-sweetened foods. Although it has been many years, I also still have memories of the very limited choices there were for my father when he was initially diagnosed. Likewise, hospital patients also had few (if any) choices when it came to enjoying candy, sweetened beverages or desserts that were sugar-free or low in sugar. (This was back in the days when I was working in the hospital as a student dietitian; I remember thinking how unfortunate it was.)

Dietary recommendations from leading health professional organizations that address issues related to diabetes and heart disease are generally positive. For example, the American Heart Association: (AHA) “strongly recommends limiting added sugars. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and those extra pounds can lead to a string of health problems. In addition to obesity, it can increase triglyceride levels, a risk factor for heart disease.” They further state: “Replacing sugary foods and drinks with sugar-free options containing NNSs [non-nutritive sweeteners, also known as low-calorie sweeteners] is one way to limit calories and achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Also, when used to replace food and drinks with added sugars, it can help people with diabetes manage blood glucose levels. For example, swapping a full-calorie soda with diet soda is one way of not increasing blood glucose levels while satisfying a sweet tooth.” 

While keeping a variety of foods in my diet, my go-to choice to satisfy my sweet tooth is SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener. Perhaps some of these tips might help you stick with healthier choices if you need to ramp up the flavor of rather ordinary-but-healthful foods.

Add a sprinkle of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener to these foods…

  • Oatmeal: A few dried cranberries and/or chopped nuts also are delish.
  • Low-sugar or no-sugar cereals (e.g., shredded wheat):  Many of these cereals are fiber bonanzas but need a touch of sweetness in my opinion!
  • Unsweetened applesauce:  It just is missing something besides the cinnamon. 
  • Hot chocolate: Making your own at home is easy with reduced-fat milk, Dutch processed cocoa and SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener for sweetness without the calories from added sugar. Try this Sweet Hot Chocolate recipe, or if you want to cool off in warm weather who says you can’t serve “hot” chocolate year-round? Try this delightful Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe.
  • Grapefruit:  Love, love, love this fruit but a touch of sweetener is a MUST for me. (I also am an unsweetened grapefruit juice junkie but when I add SPLENDA® Sweetener it takes off that tart edge).

Tell us what you do to give your favorite healthy foods a boost to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

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.
 

August 5, 2014  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Healthy Lifestyle, Cooking & Baking, Sugar Substitutes

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