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!
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.
Did you know that two new innovative products were introduced to the marketplace this year by the SPLENDA® Brand family of sweetener products?
Introducing SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener -- a no calorie natural sweetener that tastes great. And SPLENDA ZERO™ Liquid Sweetener -- with zero carbs, zero sugar, and zero calories.
And, big news... the SPLENDA® Brand family of sweetener products has introduced SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener* to the marketplace!
Despite concerns over the growing weight gain epidemic, most people still enjoy the sweet taste of treats but are not ready to give them up. Most people would also agree that if it weren’t for the calories we would definitely enjoy our favorite treats more.
That being said, many consumers enjoy lighter versions of their favorite sweet things by choosing products made with low-calorie sweeteners, to obtain a delicious sweet taste without adding a significant number of calories.
In recent years, stevia sweeteners have gained widespread popularity as a sugar alternative.
Known for products with great sweet taste, SPLENDA® Brand has truly unlocked the sweetness of stevia with no bitter aftertaste – introducing SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener with no calories, no added flavors, no added colors, and no artificial ingredients. By using a better-tasting extract from the stevia leaf, Rebaudioside D (Reb D), SPLENDA® Brand has found the perfect blend to capture the naturally sweet taste of stevia.
The availability of different spices to season our food provides a useful analogy to help answer the question, “What are artificial sweeteners?”, since just as all spices are not the same, all artificial sweeteners are not the same, either. Artificial sweeteners (also known as sugar substitutes, low-calorie sweeteners, or high intensity sweeteners) come from different sources, have different sweetening powers compared to sugar and have different properties depending on what foods or beverages they are added to. Recognizing the different features of these sweeteners makes it much easier to understand what they are and how you can use them, which is also true for peppermint and paprika!
Nutritionist Keri Gans has partnered with SPLENDA® Brand to shed light on common myths associated with sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products.
Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners are one of those food items that get an awfully bad rap without conclusive scientific evidence to back it up. I think too many opinions get woven into statements about them and, professionally speaking, I go where the hard facts take me. Lately, there has been a lot of hyped-up chatter in the media about sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, in regards to cancer and gut microflora.
So, here’s the real deal.
A recent study has confirmed previous research findings that the consumption of beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners is associated with healthier diets and overall lower calorie consumption. The study, by Gibson et al., recently published in Nutrients, suggests that using low-calorie sweetened beverages can support a healthy eating pattern.