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Sugar Substitutes

Sugar SubstitutesWith 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. Check out our latest posts below.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 11:08am  |  POSTED BY: Maureen Conway

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 Nutrientssuggests that using low-calorie sweetened beverages can support a healthy eating pattern. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 9:39am  |  POSTED BY: Sylvia Meléndez Klinger

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. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 11:12am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

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!

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:46pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 8:53am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

No one ever makes a New Year’s resolution to lose just one pound, but maybe more people would get the results they want if they did. The big advantage in aiming to drop just one pound is that you’ll be rewarded more quickly than waiting to lose 10 or more. And you‘ll be rewarded more often, which can be a source of motivation to keep going.

Having a realistic weight loss goal will also make it easier to focus on just one pound at a time. Sound too good to be true? Let me explain why this approach works.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 8:31am  |  POSTED BY: Maureen Conway

The holidays are a great time to get together with friends and family, but too much pie, mashed potatoes and other seasonal treats can lead to the dreaded holiday weight gain, as reflected by responses to this informal online survey. The good news is that even small positive choices we make can really add up to make a difference. One choice commonly recommended by health care organizations is to find ways to cut back on sugary foods and beverages.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 11:05am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Far too often, when people think about how what they eat can affect their heart health, they think only of consuming too many calories and overeating two types of foods: “bad” fats and salt (sodium). However, excess consumption of added sugars is quickly becoming one of the most discussed contributors to heart disease risk.

In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) specifically recommends cutting back on the consumption of added sugars. While explaining the need to reduce added sugar intake, AHA notes, “Using low- and no-calorie sweeteners is one option that may help in an overall healthy diet. Foods and beverages containing low- and no-calorie sweeteners can be included in a healthy eating plan, as long as the calories they save are not added back as a reward or compensation. The FDA has determined that certain low- and no-calorie sweeteners, such as sucralose, are safe.” (Sucralose is the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners.)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 7:41am  |  POSTED BY: Maureen Conway

When was the last time you thought about the amount of added sugars in your diet?

Studies show that most Americans eat more than twice the amount of added sugar than is recommended for a healthy lifestyle. Excess sugar intake can contribute to excess weight gain, and being overweight may increase the risk of developing serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease. The SPLENDA® Brand is proud to support the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart, which provides families with information, cooking know-how and recipes for affordable and nutritious meals that can be made at home. These simple swaps can help you and your family reduce added sugar intake without sacrificing the great flavors you enjoy.

Check out this infographic to see how you and your family can cut down on added sugars with these easy swaps!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 7:42pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Imagine seeing a listing for a “jumbo shrimp cocktail” on a menu for the first time. You might think it’s a huge drink made from shrimp based on the definition of each word. But anyone who has ever enjoyed this special appetizer of chilled shrimp and a horseradish-based sauce knows it’s not!

Similar confusion arises when people see the term “sugar alcohol” for the first time. Some think it’s a sweet alcoholic beverage but in fact it’s another sugar substitute.

Explaining the difference between two types of sugar substitutes – sugar alcohols and sucralose (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners) – is what this blog is all about.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 12:20pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Have you noticed the movement advancing across the country to promote sugar free or sugarless diets? You can hear about it in the campaigns calling for “added sugars” to be included on food labels and in the proposals suggesting taxes on sugary drinks.

One problem with this effort is that there is no way to remove all of the sugars from what you eat.