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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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 9:20am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

The connection between certain foods and our emotions can be very strong. I know having carrot cake with cream cheese frosting puts the “happy” in my happy birthday celebration, but it isn’t the only way to put a smile on my face. Yet many of my clients have told me they find it difficult to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life without turning to sweet treats to lift their spirits.

If you’ve ever eaten your way through a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies to help you deal with a difficult situation, you know what I’m talking about. Whether it’s an overwhelming project at work or an extended to-do list at home, using food to “feed” your emotions can become an unhealthy habit.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:51am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

All of the talk about resolutions to lose weight in the New Year seems to focus on adults who went overboard during the holidays - but what about teens and children? Don’t they celebrate right along with the rest of the family? Parents and other caregivers are role models for the lifestyle behaviors they’d like their children to adopt, so if parents are off track, their children probably are too. Maybe it’s time to refresh your entire family’s healthy eating and fitness goals to start the year off right!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:07am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

I am not one to eavesdrop, but I do often stop and listen (very discreetly) when people are talking about food and nutrition issues, mainly in grocery stores. Sadly, more often than not, misinformation abounds. While myths about nutrition and its impact on health are widespread, two areas where I know consumers may not have all of the facts are: 1) carbohydrate-related, particularly what “low carb” means or does not mean, and 2) what the glycemic index (GI) is all about.

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:13pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

What exactly does “natural” mean when we see it on a food label? The dictionary says it means “existing in nature” or “not man-made,” but I see it printed across brightly colored boxes, bags and cans of food in the middle of the store containing products that you’ll never see “growing spontaneously, without being planted or tended by human hands,” which is another definition of natural!

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 3:33pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Luckily there is no need for holiday cookies to be the high-sugar versions of days gone by! Thank goodness SPLENDA® Sweeteners have come to the rescue. You can indeed have your sugar cookies (and other favorites) and eat them, too, without all the extra sugar. Here are a few popular holiday-oriented cookie recipes you may want to try, with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in place of full sugar.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 9:08pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

It’s easy to start believing something if we hear it over and over again. That’s why advertisers use jingles that get stuck in our heads so we’ll remember their brands, and why gossip is shared as the truth after seeing it on Twitter 10 times.

Believing there is a connection between no calorie sweeteners (like sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners), and increased appetite is another example of the power of repetition. You may have heard that claim several times, but is it really true? There’s some new research about regular users of low calorie sweeteners that should help change your mind on the subject for good! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 2:18pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

One of the things that makes holidays so special is the food. Even though there is no law against roasting a turkey in February or baking sugar cookies in July, many of us rarely do. Instead, we reserve our favorite recipes for certain days of the year when we can eat them while celebrating with family and friends.

If you’re looking forward to enjoying some traditional holiday fare in the weeks ahead, but dread the holiday weight gain that can often go with it, there is a way to “have your cake and eat it too.” And it can even start with dessert!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:54am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

If you or a loved one has diabetes you, or they, have likely been encouraged to follow a “diabetic diet” or perhaps the term “diabetic diet plan” or even “diabetes meal plan” was used. Do you wonder if there’s just one diabetic diet that’s right for everyone with diabetes or prediabetes regardless of a person’s age, height, weight, physical activity level, eating habits, food preferences and so on? Great question!

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:51pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

We have learned much more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of diabetes in the past 200 years, but its connection to sugar remains strong. In recognition of American Diabetes Month, I’d like to share the results of some new research on the role of sugar and artificial sweeteners (sugar substitutes) in diabetes, to bring you up to date.

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:05am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

In my 30+ years providing nutrition therapy to individuals and families, one of the most frequently asked questions I got from pregnant women – and they asked a lot of questions – was if it was safe to use low calorie sweeteners while pregnant. Many of them learned the calorie-saving advantages of drinking diet soda in their teens and developed the habit of sweetening their coffee with a no-cal sweetener packet, like SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, while in college. They wanted to continue these simple and satisfying weight control strategies during their pregnancy, but needed reassurance.