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Show Evidence
Show me the Evidence
By Nelda Mercer
November 3, 2015
I recently had the chance to interact with many of my colleagues at my state dietetic association meeting where I was sharing information about low calorie sweeteners. I was impressed with the number of people who shared my frustration at how studies about low calorie sweeteners are so often over-extrapolated.
Truth about Low-Calorie Sweeteners more than a Headline
The Truth about Low-Calorie Sweeteners is more than a Headline
By Susan Adams MS RD
September 1, 2014
With so many news options available to listeners, tweeters, readers and viewers, news reporters compete aggressively to draw in their audience. Whether in the form of a headline, a tweet or a 'Tonight’s Top Stories!' blurb, the press entices you to tune in to their page, hashtag or channel.
Who says what about low calorie sweeteners?
Who says what about low calorie sweeteners?
By Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, FAND
January 16, 2015
For many people, low calorie sweeteners provide the option to add "something sweet" to their food or beverage without consuming real sugar.
Energy Density Matters for Weight Management
Energy Density Matters for Weight Management
By Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD
May 13, 2012
The underlying recommendation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 is to eat less to manage body weight. Fortunately, the MyPlate delivers this portion-control message in a way that consumers can more easily relate to.
Better snacking options at summer movie blockbusters
Lights! Camera! Fat! Salt! Butter! Better snacking options at summer movie blockbusters
By Mary Lee Chin, MS, RD
July 2, 2012
It’s part of the movie experience to have popcorn and snacks while sitting in a darkened, air-conditioned theater. Sounds good to me, but then the food police side of me kicked in, with knowledge that a medium buttered popcorn and sugary soft drink can add up to over 1000-1500 calories.
A resolution for the New Year: resolve to eat better
A resolution for the New Year: resolve to eat better
By Jo Ann Hattner MPH, RD
January 3, 2012
It is the new year and resolutions about exercise and weight loss abound. Rather than indulging in one of these often unrealistic resolutions, I suggest you try a resolution which will be easier to keep and more likely to bring success. That is to resolve to eat better in the coming year.
A Sweetheart Isn't a Healthy Heart
A Sweetheart Isn't a Healthy Heart
By Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD
February 15, 2012
Recent data suggests that sugar-sweetened beverages like regular soda and flavored waters with added sugars may do more damage to our health than previously expected.
Ways to Cut Calories for the Holidays
Ways to Cut Calories for the Holidays
By Molly Gee, MEd, RD, LD
December 12, 2011
Even though the holidays are filled with lots of fun and food, watching your waistline does not have to be futile. Here are a few ways to cut calories without compromising flavor or fun.
Low-calorie sweeteners an aid in battling childhood obesity
Are low-calorie sweeteners an appropriate aid in battling childhood obesity?
By Nelda Mercer, MS, RD, FADA
August 15, 2011
Today, nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese. That’s triple the rate over the past 30 years and for African American and Hispanic children the numbers are even higher.
Dissecting the Meaning of the Term Natural
Dissecting the Meaning of the Term Natural
By Mary Lee Chin
November 10, 2009
The term 'natural' is one of the most popular on food packaging, and a bewildering array of sweeteners claims to be 'natural' to meet buyer demand. It's a label many manufacturers want on their products due to consumer perception that natural ingredients are supposed to be safer and healthier.