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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, October 15, 2014 - 12:45pm  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

If you’ve been told you have prediabetes or have a sneaking suspicion you do, take action to prevent or delay the progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Large studies conducted around the globe and in the U.S show that if you can detect prediabetes early and then lose and keep off some weight, you can possibly slow down its progression. But first, gain some knowledge.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:24am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

If you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off, take a look at the successful people in the National Weight Control Registry for inspiration. They have all lost weight and kept it off – and for most of them, for more than five years! What you’ll see is it takes more than a diet, and that the use of low-calorie sweeteners, like SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, can be a helpful part of your new healthy lifestyle.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:48am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

We hear it practically every day. People, including children and teens, are getting heavier. Experts say we are eating too much unhealthy, high-calorie/high-sugar foods and are not active enough. I personally am not in a position to doubt statistics compiled by the leading world health authorities. But people are not statistics, people are individuals, and growing up is tough enough. Being overweight or obese, and hearing negative statements about one’s changing body can make life even more difficult, but adapting to a healthier lifestyle is possible if done in the right way.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:16am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

If motivation could be sold as a pill, we would all eat right every day and get plenty of exercise. The fact that we don’t always do those things isn’t because we don’t understand the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity for good health; we just have a hard time staying on track day in and day out. That’s why figuring out what motivates you is a prescription worth filling!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:06am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

My family history of diabetes is no doubt the most important when it comes to my personal health. That’s why I try to eat like I have diabetes. No, I don’t have diabetes but one of the first lines of defense is eating a healthful diet. Although it has been many years, I still have memories of the very limited choices there were for my father when he was initially diagnosed. Today’s availability of no-calorie sweeteners has made eating much more enjoyable for me as well as my relatives who must restrict their intake of sugar-sweetened foods.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 3:40pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

I have used a number of different no and low calorie sweeteners in my life, and continue to use them, and have never experienced anything close to a craving when eating a food or drink containing them. My experience is confirmed by studies that show people did not report increased appetite when given food and beverages sweetened with sugar substitutes.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 8:19am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

One thing that is true about most tabletop sweeteners – whether they come with calories or not – they have a highly desirable taste. Some people come into this world programmed to prefer sweet tastes over sour or bitter and those people now have more ways than ever before to satisfy that preference. Understanding how and why many people like sweets so much is important to helping us enjoy them in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 3:13pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

How much money would you be willing to lose in order to avoid gaining 20 pounds? According to a survey of Consumer Attitudes Towards Food Safety, Nutrition & Health, more than half of Americans (56%) “somewhat” or “strongly” agreed with the statement, “I would rather lose $1,000 than gain 20 pounds.” Just think about what it costs to buy larger clothes and pay for a weight loss program if you do gain weight. Now consider the fact that by not gaining weight you can save all that money. And when you include the savings from the improved health you’ll have by not gaining weight, your savings can quickly add up to much more than $1000! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 11:00am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Good question! First, you likely want to make sure sugar substitutes are safe to use. Second, you want to know how sugar substitutes and foods they’re in may affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels. Let’s get right to the answers.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 12:12pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

As a food and nutrition expert, one of the questions I’m asked more than any other is, “How do you know low-calorie sweeteners are safe?” Since I’m a regular user of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and other low-calorie sweeteners, the answer to that question is as important to me as it is to my family, friends and clients.