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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.

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 12:00am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

If, like me, you enjoy cooking and baking, then you know there are many ways to sweeten a recipe. Some popular caloric sweeteners I always have on hand include granulated sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, honey, molasses and maple syrup. They don’t all look the same, come from the same source or produce the same results when incorporated into a recipe, but they all taste sweet. The same can be said for low calorie sweeteners.

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 12:17pm  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

It’s no wonder you may be confused by all the recent chatter questioning the use of low calorie sweeteners for diabetes management. As a dietitian and diabetes educator let me try to sort this out and assure you that using low calorie sweeteners and, SPLENDA® Sweeteners specifically, are suitable for people with diabetes. And if you use them wisely, they may even help you reach your diabetes management goals.

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 2:05am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Due to some widespread rumors about sucralose "dangers" on the Internet, I’m often asked if sucralose is safe. These rumors are without scientific basis and remind me of that game of  "telephone" where a message is whispered from player to player, only to end up with the final message being totally wrong. For example, where did information about sucralose being linked to cancer come from? Certainly not from the prevailing scientific community.

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 12:00am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Fifteen years ago (1998), calorie-conscious consumers in the U.S. did not have the option of enjoying sucralose (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweetener Products) in prepared foods, beverages or as a no-calorie sweetener. No-calorie sweeteners were limited and not all had the ability to be used in cooking and baking without losing their sweet characteristics. But to the delight of calorie-counting consumers, in 1998, after extensive review of scientific research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of sucralose in a wide variety of products.

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 12:00am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

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