With increasing obesity rates many people today are watching their intake of added sugars. In fact, World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recommend getting less than 10% of your daily caloric intake from sugars – a level substantially lower than what most average people consume. Based on WHO guidelines, someone on an 1800 calorie diet should consume no more than 11 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Consider that one 12 fluid ounce can of some full sugar sodas contain 10 teaspoons of added sugar! To successfully make a change it is always important to know what is in the food you eat and your options. At the SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog we explain how sugar substitutes can help reduce your calorie intake from added sugars.
Similar to the WHO recommendation, one of the key recommendations of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is to reduce our intake of added sugars to less than 10% of our total calories. 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. One way to keep the sweet taste in foods and drinks at home while using less sugar is to replace some of that sugar with sugar substitutes, like SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. In fact, the more we cook and bake at home, the more options we have to reduce the added sugars in our diets. Check out our latest posts below!
Low-calorie sweeteners is a topic that has been particularly subject to misinformation that has led to myths. This is worrisome, because some people still ask: “Are there Splenda side effects”, “Is Splenda bad for you?”, and “Are there sucralose side effects?”, even though the total body of evidence shows that low-calorie sweeteners are safe and without side effects.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of anecdotal, or self-reported, information out there that gets passed off as evidence of a problem when scientific research indicates the “problem” is not, in fact, a real one.
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You know what drives me crazy? When misinformation makes it to my patients, especially related to sucralose and other NLCS (no and low calorie sweeteners). There have been news headlines claiming that these rigorously tested sweetening options have adverse impacts on blood glucose regulation, but that just isn’t true.
At a time when tools to reduce calorie and carbohydrate intakes, like SPLENDA® Sweeteners, are needed most, clouding our understanding with claims that aren’t evidence-based makes my job as a credentialed nutrition professional difficult. It also confuses just about everyone else.
I have some suspicions about how this particular myth that sucralose causes blood sugar to increase began to spread.
We’ve all been told at one time or another that there’s no such thing as a silly question. If you’re a parent or a teacher you’ve probably even made that remark yourself. Asking for more information when you don’t understand something is the key to learning.
I have to keep this truism in mind whenever I am asked about the safety of low-calorie sweeteners, such as when I’m asked about the “sucralose side effects” or “sucralose dangers” (sucralose is the sweetening ingredient in the original SPLENDA® Sweetener Products). That’s because to me, the answer is simple. I know that low-calorie sweeteners are among the most thoroughly tested, and continually tested, ingredients in the food supply, but everyone else doesn’t know this. And based on all of the available research, they are approved in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people of all ages.
Since I still get questions from people about whether there are any side effects or dangers from using sucralose, I decided to answer them here for the benefit of all of my readers – especially those who may have thought it was a silly question to ask.
The low-calorie sweeteners we have today all come from different sources and different techniques are used to make them.
It’s important to remember that when you hear news about low-calorie sweeteners, they are often discussed as if they’re all the same. They’re not, and the differences can be significant. “Stevia vs Splenda”, “stevia vs aspartame”, “Splenda vs aspartame” – you’ve probably thought about these comparisons yourself.
This could be your new favorite sugar substitute!
As a little girl, I often found myself dreaming about sweet treats like cookies and cakes. Years later, not much has changed, I still find myself wanting to enjoy goodies like smoothies and sorbet, and on hot summer days, I still thirst for sweet lemonade. However, one thing did change – there is now a wonderful way to have the delicious sweet taste without the worry.
Even though I certainly know that a treat now and then is acceptable, there are days when I just want to eat or drink something sweet and not have to worry about the calories. Well, I am glad to say that I finally can have those days thanks to SPLENDA® Sweeteners. And if you can relate to my story then I have news for you! The SPLENDA® Brand’s newest sweetener – SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, a no calorie sweetener with no bitter aftertaste that can help to lighten up the worry of too much sugar. SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener has a sweet taste and is made with a stevia extract called Reb D, which is one of the best tasting extracts from the stevia leaf.
You hear and see media headlines galore about how sugar substitutes may impact your health or weight loss efforts, ranging from eyebrow-raising to nerve-calming. As a dietitian with a long term interest and extensive expertise in the research and practical use of low-calorie sweeteners, it’s critically important to me that you are informed accurately on this topic. Let’s get to what I consider the 7 Need-to-Knows about Sugar Substitutes.
When I was growing up I was told that if you swallowed a watermelon seed a watermelon could grow in your stomach. One way my friends and I made sure that didn’t happen was to eat our watermelon outside on summer afternoons so we could spit them out – providing us with a great excuse to have spitting contests with the seeds. The myth of growing watermelons from swallowing seeds quickly faded when we realized we were swallowing cucumber seeds without becoming a garden bed for cucumbers. Not all food myths, however, go away so easily, especially when the topic has to do with safety.
Reading food labels provides us with valuable information that can make it easier to find the products that best fit our nutritional needs. They can also be confusing.
For example, did you know the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has definitions for “low sodium,” “low fat,” “low calorie,” “low cholesterol,” “sugar-free” and “lower sugar” – claims which appear on food labels? And did you know the claims “sugar free” and “no added sugar” don’t mean the same thing?
If you’re trying to control the amount of sugar in your diet, understanding the labels of “sugar free foods” can help make your shopping trips less confusing – and that’s sweet!
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 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.