With increasing obesity rates many people today are watching their added sugar intake. 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 SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog we explain how low calorie sweeteners can help reduce your calorie intake from added sugar. Check out our latest posts below!
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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.
The topic of sugar substitutes and their function is one that has been discussed for decades by doctors, registered dietitians, scientists, researchers, and consumers. Yet, despite many empirically sound findings, still to this day, the use of sugar substitutes seems to be a concern in the minds of many people. There are a lot of opinions and theories out there, many of which we can explore and consider, however, on the whole, the sugar substitute category can be a tad-confusing. Having said that, I would like to explore a few theories where more knowledge might be most important for you to form an opinion, based on the science regarding sugar substitutes.
Let’s start by mentioning that sugar substitutes have been around since 1879 and are used all around the world. I still remember the first time I tasted a sugar substitute in a beverage –I was immediately captivated! As someone who appreciates and enjoys a sweet drink, it’s a relief to know that I can have a low calorie sweetened beverage without worrying about going over my daily calorie limit.
We have the opportunity to enjoy low-calorie sweeteners because food safety and health regulatory agencies have concluded that they are safe. This safety conclusion has also considered what I think are three of the most frequently asked questions about low-calorie sweetener safety, which I discuss below. I hope that after reading this information, it will help ease some of your own concerns.
As a dietitian and diabetes educator who counsels people who want to lose weight (and keep it off), I often hear concerns about whether using so-called artificial sweeteners cause the side effect of weight gain. Understandably, there’s been plenty of media hype and headlines touting this notion.
Before delving into the research, let me briefly respond to this concern with an emphatic no! Here’s the bottom line: if you use low-calorie sweeteners, whether it’s SPLENDA® Sweetener Products or others, along with carefully counting your calories, selecting healthier foods, slowly changing your eating habits and exercising regularly, using artificial sweeteners can, especially for people with a sweet tooth, offer you an extra edge to lose weight and keep it off.
But, and this is an important but, artificial sweeteners are not a magic bullet for weight loss. You can’t have a large piece of sugar-sweetened cake along with a cup of coffee sweetened with low-calorie sweetener, or a diet beverage, and think your extra pounds will melt away. Not going to happen!
Have you had your daily dose of the latest controversial nutrition headlines? Some days I feel as though I’ve had more than my share. When that happens, I like to step back and remind myself that even the news has to be consumed in moderation for me to remain healthy and sane!
One of the more surprising items I read recently had to do with a new paper (about an old study), in which mice were given diets containing sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and other foods. The research group that performed the study is a small institute in Italy with a history of publishing research that has been found to be unreliable in making safety assessments of food ingredients.
I was surprised to see this study published because...
Using SPLENDA® Sweeteners or other high-intensity sweeteners instead of added sugars is a strategy that can produce big results at the end of the day without doing all the math. For example, just by substituting one can of diet soda for a can of regular soda automatically eliminates 10 teaspoons of added sugars from your day no matter what other changes you may make. Adding a SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener packet instead of 2 teaspoons of sugar to three cups of coffee a day removes six teaspoons of sugar from your tally.
If all you ever hear is “diets don’t work,” it’s easy to become discouraged about trying to lose weight. You even may have tried a few fad diets yourself and gained first-hand experience with their long-term ineffectiveness. But that doesn’t mean there is no hope in controlling your weight. What it may mean is you’re ready to forget about fad diets and turn to the research on what does work for weight management. Here’s a short recap of some of the latest findings that can help.