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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 leaf extract.

Stevia leaf extract comes from the stevia plant, which is native to South America. Extract from stevia leaves is used as the source for high-purity, stevia sweeteners that help provide sweet taste without calories to food and beverage products in the US.

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

What is Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K)?

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 acesulfame potassium, also known as “Ace-K.”

If you’re a baseball fan, when you hear the term “Ace-K” your first image may be of your favorite star pitcher. The Ace-K we’re talking about here is not a pitcher, although it does have the ability to strikeout calories from the diet. All without sacrificing sweet taste.

Fast Take: Low-Calorie Sweetener Low Down on a Recent Review

If your curiosity about low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) is growing, you’re not alone. We get a lot of questions about them: “Will they help me lose weight? Are they safe? Should I avoid them?”, to cite a few. Researchers have sought to answers such questions through decades of scientific research. For those that follow the field, it seems as though a new study is published every week.

FAST TAKE: Is your fruit juice glass half-empty or half-full?

In case you weren’t paying attention, some juicy news circulated recently. Courtesy of the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), there are new recommendations on fruit juice consumption for infants, toddlers and adolescents.

Juice has historically been a part of almost every child’s diet. But at what age should it be introduced? That’s the main question the AAP answered in their latest report.

Déjà Vu All Over Again: EFSA Says Sucralose is Safe

The late great Yogi Berra had a way with words. My personal favorite Yogism, “It’s deja vu all over again,” never made more sense than today. Once again, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued an opinion on the safety of sucralose. News flash (insert sarcastic pause), it’s still safe.

The Telephone Game, Sugars Edition

Nutrition conversations can be "qwerty" ... I mean, quirky. They’re eerily reminiscent of a favorite game from my youth—the telephone game. Remember it? It was always full of laughs, but it was also eventually full of falsehoods. It taught me valuable lessons about how easily facts can get distorted as information is shared.

Americans Are Consuming More Low-Calorie Sweeteners. Is This a Bad Thing?

"More." It’s an interesting word. Generally speaking, it has a great connotation. More money? Yes, please. More time? That sounds terrific, thank you. When it comes to food issues, however, more doesn’t always seem better.

Low-Calorie Sweetened Beverages: Commenting on a Recent Commentary

January is usually filled with optimism. But this year, not so much. No, I’m not talking about politics, but I am talking about a new perspective recently published online in PLoS Medicine in which the authors campaign hard against consuming low-calorie sweetened beverages (LCSBs).

According to the authors, LCSBs don’t deliver on their promises, and there are a laundry list of reasons not to consume them. But what evidence do the authors use to support this platform? Let’s take a look.

Making Sense of Sugars: What's an "Added Sugar"? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is there a more discussed topic in food these days than sugar? While sugars can be found naturally in some foods and beverages, they can also be added as ingredients in others. With a revised Nutrition Facts label that will include "added sugars" coming by 2018, now is the perfect time to brush up on your label-reading skills and learn more about added sugars.

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