Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

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, May 27, 2014 - 9:05am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Eating a healthy diet while pregnant is vitally important to both the development of the child and the mother. While it is important to get the right amount of certain nutrients during pregnancy, gaining too much weight can be detrimental and cause health issues such as gestational diabetes. That is why watching one's calorie intake is important, and needs to be guided by your Ob/Gyn practitioner or other health professional.

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 2:05pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

While there are many components to living a healthy lifestyle (e.g., proper diet, incorporating daily physical activity, maintaining appropriate body weight), a first step might be to reduce your intake of added sugars, particularly in the beverages you are consuming. Choosing healthier alternatives to high-sugar and high-fat beverages is an important first step.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:42am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

In my 30+ years as a registered dietitian I can no longer recall the number of times I’ve had to remind a client, “I am a dietitian, not a magician.” That was my way of steering them away from magical thinking about weight loss and helping them focus on the lifestyle changes they needed to make to get the results they wanted, and to maintain them.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 7:14pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Chlorine is used in a process that modifies sucrose (table sugar) to result in the exceptionally stable no-calorie sweetener called sucralose. The chlorine atoms in sucralose prevent it from being broken down in the body for energy, thus rendering it non-caloric. It also is not “stored” in the body.

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 6:04pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

By doing the math and reading the information on a food’s Nutrition Facts panel, you can quickly understand how reducing caloric intake  in small ways can add up quickly. World renowned obesity researcher Dr. John Foreyt (a professor at Baylor College of Medicine) has said that most people will never miss these 100 calories, and over the course of a year, eliminating them can result in a 5-10 lb. weight loss. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 12:00am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Do you wonder how and why SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener can be nearly free of calories and carbohydrate, even though sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in all SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, starts from sugar and offers your taste buds a sweet treat? Read on to understand how and why.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:04am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

One Internet-driven myth that has been circulating recently is that sucralose causes cancer. SPLENDA® Brand Sucralose is the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. In case you’ve read or heard this claim somewhere, I want to arm you with the facts, including links to experts that you can rely on for the scientific truth.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:26am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Far too often, people are heard commiserating that they don't have time or a place to exercise... and they just can't lose weight. Perhaps they are trying too hard or do not understand that you don't have to become a jogger or marathon runner or consume an overly-calorie-restricted diet to have a healthier lifestyle. One message that needs to be heard and embraced is this: Small changes in one's diet and activity level can indeed result in weight loss or help with preventing weight gain.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:00am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Have you ever wished we lived in a world where you could eat whatever you wanted and not have to worry about gaining weight or getting sick? Sadly, until that distant planet is discovered we have to pay attention to what and how much we eat to stay healthy here on earth. But that doesn’t mean we can never have the foods we crave.

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 5:55pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

It has become an almost weekly occurrence – a “new” study on the health attributes of various foods – either pro or con – is touted on television, in newspapers, via the Internet or word of mouth through the neighborhood grapevine. (For many, Internet social media outlets are today’s neighborhood grapevine, one that is much faster moving than in years past!). So what are you supposed to do with the latest information that may have an impact on what you eat and drink?