Artificial sweeteners have become popular for people who want to reduce their sugar intake for health or weight reasons. You probably recognise some of them by their brand name: Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet and Low), aspartame (Equal) and stevia (used by a number of brands). Each has varying levels of sweetness and uses.
Tagged With nutrition
When you're trying to lose weight, you've probably thought "I've been good this week, so I deserve this triple chocolate peanut butter brownie." Instead of indulging, consider these "buffer foods" that feel like treats to quiet your inner saboteur.
Halloween is taking off in Australia, and with it come the sweets. Lollies are either the best or second-best part of a kid's Halloween, depending on how much they love costumes. But what do you do when your kid brings home mountains of gut-busting, tooth-rotting sugar? Here are your options for shrinking the pile without sucking all the fun out of the holiday.
In his book Slim By Design, Brian Wansink of Cornell University Food and Brand Lab talks about how the subtlest external cues can influence our tendency to eat mindlessly. He believes that with a few tweaks in your kitchen's physical environment you can be reminded to make healthier choices more consistently.
iOS/Android: If you're looking to improve your nutrition but don't know where to start, popular food tracking app Lose It! now lets you snap a food photo or upload an existing one to your day's food log. Called Snap It!, the feature makes tracking food more approachable for newbies.
When you track calories to try to lose weight, some apps try to be helpful by giving you 'net calories', a number that takes your food and exercise into account. But this can be supremely confusing, and to make it worse, each app calculates it in their own way.
Fighting off the freshman fifteen doesn't mean your choices are limited to treadmills and weights. University fitness centres are filled with surprising, fun amenities to help you get in shape, develop healthy habits, and even de-stress before a big exam. Best of all, for many students it's all free or heavily discounted.
Even if your teen needs to lose weight, talking to them constantly about their weight isn't the best strategy to help them to be healthy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Focusing on weight or appearance can push kids toward eating disorders. Instead, it's better to forget about the scale and just help your kid to develop healthy habits.
Want to stack the nutrition odds in your favour? The key is good food so here are five things to never let into your shopping trolley. Known as discretionary foods, all five are high in either added sugars, saturated fat or salt. Discretionary foods provide kilojoules but not many nutrients. Here's an overview of what to avoid.
Cats may not chow down on garbage like dogs do, but they get into their share of people food, houseplants and other weird things. Here's why certain ordinary-seeming items are dangerous to cats, and what you can do about them.
While Australia doesn't list added sugars on food labels, perhaps it should. Added sugars will be required on new labels rolling out in the US in a year or two. A 570g Pepsi will have to say it contains 130 per cent of your daily value of added sugar. Yogurt will have to call out their added sugar, so people can't kid themselves that it all comes from fruit. Food companies fought the change, but they lost.
Yes, sugar industry, you are right: Added sugars are made of the same stuff as natural sugars. But the FDA's new labels are about health, not about getting the right answer on a chemistry quiz. It's really useful to know which foods contain a ton of added sugars.