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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 (Ace-K).

What is Ace-K and How is it Different than Sugar?

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 answer 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.

Try It Tuesday: Getting Less Than 10 Percent of Daily Calories from Added Sugars

It's been a long time since I’ve kept a food journal. While training to be a registered dietitian, food journaling and dietary assessments are two things I became quite familiar with. But it was usually me asking others what they ate.

Daily Hydration Doesn’t Have To Be Labor(ious)

Labor Day weekend is upon us, and it’s been a long, hot summer. So hot, in fact, that July 2016 has been declared the hottest July on record. The issue of global warming is an important one, but that’s not the reason I brought up temperature.