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The WHO calls out non-sugar sweeteners

The WHO calls out non-sugar sweeteners

It’s shocking to think I might agree with the WHO. Well, color me shocked. The WHO recently released guidelines on non-sugar sweeteners (NSS), advising people to stop using them. The WHO Director of Nutrition and Food Safety said: Replacing free sugars with NSS does not 

Erythritol – should you be concerned

Erythritol – should you be concerned

Until last week, the non-caloric sweetener erythritol was not on anyone’s radar screen. But recent research reports linked high levels of erythritol in blood to increased risk for heart attacks and stroke. Valid concern? Or a nothing burger? Erythritol 101 Erythritol is a sugar alcohol 

Yogurt has jumped the shark

Yogurt has jumped the shark

In the 1960s, Dannon was the only the yogurt brand available at my local grocery store. The flavors were: vanilla, lemon, coffee. Yes, coffee flavored yogurt. My mom ate yogurt; I wouldn’t touch it. Now I have some almost every day, for the protein, calcium, 

Artificial Sweeteners vs. Healthy Gut Microbes

Artificial Sweeteners vs. Healthy Gut Microbes

I was chatting with a friend recently about protein. She was concerned that it’s hard to pack protein into meals, and that her husband was drinking a protein shake. I replied that it was probably sweetened — plain protein powder isn’t very appetizing — and 

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners, even the so-called “natural” ones. They’ve been hyped as the solution to weight loss. Substituting artificial sweeteners for real sugar was supposed to reduce obesity by cutting calorie intake. If only. Instead, the obesity epidemic exploded. So, not