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What is Saccharin?

Curious about low-calorie sweeteners?  You’re not alone. Conflicting information about low-calorie sweeteners seems to be reaching new heights, so we’ve searched high and low for the facts. Here’s the low-down on saccharin.

Low- and no-calorie sweeteners like saccharin are a tool to help reduce the calories we consume from sugar. Saccharin is sweet, like sugar. Unlike sugar, saccharin is not broken down during digestion, passing through our bodies unchanged.

Eat This For: Optimal Gut Health [INFOGRAPHIC]

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: you are what you eat. It’s a common saying that essentially means your health and wellness reflect what you regularly eat and drink. Part of good health is a digestive system (a.k.a. gut) running on all cylinders. Keeping our gut in good shape is critical to getting the most out of all the foods we eat.

What is Monk Fruit?

Curious about low-calorie sweeteners?  You’re not alone.  Conflicting information about low-calorie sweeteners seems to be reaching new heights, so we’ve searched high and low for the facts. Here’s the low-down on monk fruit.

Sugar Alcohols in Gum: A Wad Full of Benefits

Every time I chew a piece of sugar-free gum I marvel at how it’s able to be so cool and sweet, while remaining sugar-free. This paradox is attributed in part to the use of two key groups of ingredients: low-calorie sweeteners and sugar alcohols. 

While you may be familiar with low-calorie sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose, you may not be familiar with sugar alcohols. Let’s take a closer look.

Chocolate Milk: Can a Childhood Fav be Fitness Fuel?

Wake up, check the weather, get dressed and maybe grab some light breakfast. Lace up your shoes and out the door you go. You’re about to start a long run and know what to expect, whether it’s 10 miles or maybe more. Either way, you start running.

Eat This for: Healthy Aging

Aging. It’s something we all experience and can’t avoid. Fortunately, there are things we can do to make sure we stay healthy. Maintaining good health as we age reduces our risk for chronic disease, supports quality of life, helps maintain independence and promotes longevity. Let’s take a look at a few ways to age healthfully.

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What is Sucralose?

Curious about low-calorie sweeteners? You’re not alone. Conflicting information about low-calorie sweeteners seems to be reaching new heights, so we’ve searched high and low for the facts. Here’s the low-down on sucralose.

Low- and no-calorie sweeteners like sucralose are a tool to help reduce the calories we consume from sugar. Sucralose is actually made from sugar, but it isn’t digested like it. In fact, most of the sucralose we consume isn’t absorbed by our bodies at all.

What’s Up with Protein and Protein Supps?

Chatter about protein and protein supplements have been getting a good deal of attention recently. With so much misinformation about amounts, timing and sources here are the answers to five common questions about this important macronutrient.

What is Stevia Leaf Extract

Curious about low-calorie sweeteners?  You’re not alone.  Conflicting information about low-calorie sweeteners seems to be reaching new heights, so we’ve searched high and low for the facts. Here’s the low-down on stevia sweeteners.

What is Aspartame?

Curious about low-calorie sweeteners?  You’re not alone.  Conflicting information about low-calorie sweeteners seems to be reaching new heights, so we’ve searched high and low for the facts. Here’s the low-down on aspartame.

What sets aspartame apart from other low-calorie sweeteners is its parts.  Aspartame is made of two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine. When consumed, aspartame is broken down into these two amino acids and a small amount of methanol, all of which are also found naturally in fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs.

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