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No added sugar for babies, US advisory panel recommends

No added sugar for babies, US advisory panel recommends

One of the key messages in the US Dietary Guidelines Scientific Report for ages 0-2 years is no amount of added sugar is OK for a baby’s development. “Avoid foods and beverages with added sugars during the first 2 years of life,” the committee stated. So, the new motto for parents when it comes to feeding babies from birth until 2 years of age is Every bite counts. “Nutritional exposures during the first 1,000 days of life not only contribute to long-term health but also help shape taste preferences and food choices.” By Sandee LaMotte, CNN Health. July 16, 2020By Sandee...

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Don’t Cry – Onion and Garlic have Prebiotic Fiber

Don’t Cry – Onion and Garlic have Prebiotic Fiber

Sweet Smart Sweetener contains the Prebiotic fiber Inulin derived from the roots of the Chicory Lettuce plant. Prebiotics are a type of carbohydrate found mostly in fiber-rich fruits and vegetables that provide a good source of resistant starches, which are not digestible by the body. Instead, they pass through the gut and serve as food for probiotics helping them to thrive. Examples of specific prebiotics include inulin found in garlic and onions, resistant starch found in unripe bananas, pectin found in apples and fructooligosaccharides (FOS) found in asparagus. This article by Anthea Levi in the July 29, 2020 LIVESTRONG Newsletter...

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How Sugar is Processed

How Sugar is Processed

The first U.S. sugar cane was planted in Louisiana in 1751, marking the beginning of the U.S. sugar industry, which today provides 142,000 jobs in 22 states. Sweet Smart, a sweetener made from concentrated fruit and vegetable juices and spices also happens to be made in Louisiana. According to the Sugar Association, sugar consumption in the United States has declined over the past 20 years going from 89.6 pounds/person in 1999 to 77.1 pounds/person in 2016. This very informative article by Tara McHugh of the U.S.D.A. outlines the steps involved in processing and production of sugar and explores its history,...

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Artificial Sweeteners Confuse the Body

Artificial Sweeteners Confuse the Body

Artificial sweeteners confuse the body: Their sweet flavors send a signal to the brain and the digestive system to brace for a flood of sugar. But when those calories never arrive, it can send hormones like insulin out of whack, over time leading to metabolic dysfunction. So, sweetness should be consumed in moderation, regardless of whether it has calories or not. This is a really insightful look at Artificial Sweeteners by New York Times Staff Reporter Anahad O’Connor, who covers health, science, nutrition and other topics. He is also a bestselling author of consumer health books such as “Never Shower...

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