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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 8, 2015 - 7:46am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Every spring I look forward to seeing the first new leaf buds on the bare tree branches in my yard. They are a happy reminder that green leaves will soon provide shade from the summer sun and a sheltered place for birds to nest. The downside of this seasonal event is that I will have to rake the colorful remains of those leaves from my lawn in the fall, but that is the cycle of nature.

Another cycle I follow is the one that revolves around the question, “What is the best sugar substitute?” As predictable as the falling leaves, there are regular “debates” about aspartame or sucralose, stevia or sucralose, etc.

Since that question is surfacing again, I thought I’d correct some misinformation about sugar substitutes and put the facts in order – at least for another year!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1:36pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Being a Registered Dietitian is sometimes like being a referee. I feel like that whenever someone asks me to tell them which is better, “SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) or sugar?”

Since eating isn’t a sport where judgment calls have to be made “on-the-fly,” I rely on the science about these two sweeteners to help my clients decide for themselves which one to use. That results in a winning call every time!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:11pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Even though I am a big proponent of low-calorie sweeteners, like SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, to lower the calories from sugar in my diet, that doesn’t mean I’m anti-sugar. Far from it! I am reminded of this whenever I’m preparing those less-added-sugar desserts that just wouldn’t turn out right if they didn’t have some sugar in them.

Thankfully, there is a way to get the unique cooking properties of sugar with fewer calories and still get the results you’d expect from full sugar.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 9:06am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

I’m asked all the time is, “What is the best sugar substitute?” Many people do not understand the unique features of the available no-calorie sweeteners, I like to refer them to my blog, “Sucralose, Stevia, Aspartame, What’s the Difference?” to find the information needed to compare them.

Maybe you’ve heard stevia is a healthier sugar substitute than sucralose, the sweetener in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, because it is a “natural” sweetener compared to sucralose. I covered that question in a previous blog, “What Does Natural Mean?” There is also no official definition for the term “natural” for ingredients used in prepared foods. If you really want to compare stevia vs sucralose, here are the facts you need to see how they stack up.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:32am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Of interest to readers of SPLENDA LIVING™, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy on Snacks, Sweetened Beverages, Added Sugars, and Schools includes a statement about the safety and use of low calorie sweeteners for children. The statement notes that low calorie sweeteners and sugar substitutes, such as SPLENDA® Sweeteners, are a tool to replace added sugar and lower the calories of some foods.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 3:33pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Fact or fiction? True or false? Myth or reality? Real or make believe? However you want to say it, there are solid, scientifically proven facts about the safety of SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners) available to the inquiring public and to health professionals who choose to read and understand these facts. Unfortunately, due to proliferation of misinformation on the Internet, there also is an abundance of fiction that is not substantiated.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:03pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

A key benefit of using low-calorie sweeteners is that they can help us reduce the amount of added sugar in our diets. Every time we use a packet of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener in a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea instead of 2 teaspoons of sugar we cancel out about 8 grams of sugar, which is 28 calories less than what we would have consumed if we used sugar. Another benefit of using low-calorie sweeteners in place of sugar is the way they can lower the calorie content of what we eat and drink – which of course only applies to the added sugars they replace. But what about the hidden sugar in foods?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:35am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

There are people who say they crave sweets. It’s possible they have a higher tolerance for the taste of sweet foods than the rest of us, or they may have learned to associate sweet tastes with other positive feelings. Either way, it is an individual response. One question I am often asked about sweet cravings is whether the use of low calorie sweeteners, like those found in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, can trigger such cravings. I’ve explained why that is not the case in a previous blog, but new research provides further evidence that low-calorie sweeteners do not overstimulate the taste receptors in the mouth to make us want more sweets.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 3:59pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Have you ever stopped to think about why the iconic heart we see everywhere for Valentine’s Day is the symbol of love? I did, and after a little research I learned that in ancient times people believed the heart was the center of all human emotions because it was in the center of the chest. That isn’t a very scientific explanation, but I can’t argue with it since we still don’t have a better answer. Then I started to wonder how chocolate become part of the “love story.” If you love chocolate, you’ll be happy to learn there is a scientific connection!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 2:05pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that being satisfied with food choices is important to people trying to manage their weight. In fact, it may be a critical factor when it comes to adopting new eating behaviors. There is good news coming out of a recent study that provides further evidence about low-calorie sweetener use and weight loss.