If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many low-calorie sweeteners to choose from, it helps to first know a little bit about the history of the caloric sweeteners they can be used to replace. It all begins with our innate preference for a sweet taste. This evolutionary trait is linked to the natural sweetness of breast milk, which must fuel our rapid growth during the first year of life.
A blend of leafy greens, apple, and a zing of ginger, this chlorophyll-rich smoothie is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and phtyonutrients.
Smoothies generally offer more benefits over juicing because the fiber from the fruits and veggies isn’t stripped out. Fiber and protein are two macro-nutrients shown to satisfy hunger and keep you feeling fuller longer.
If you want to increase the protein here, you can add a scoop of your favorite protein powder (stay away from chocolate flavor though) or you can replace the coconut water with almond milk, low fat milk, or silky tofu. Any of these options will increase the calories as well, but starting at 134 calories here, you can easily fit it in to a health diet!
A cup of fruit juice offers vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, but if you’re watching your weight, whole fruits are smarter choices. They contain more fiber, which helps you feel full, and fewer calories. For example, one medium orange has 62 calories and 3 grams of fiber.
A new study recently published in the journal Obesity provides further evidence that low-calorie sweetened beverages can be useful for people who want to achieve and maintain a lower weight.
A team of researchers recently collected new data from 434 participants in the landmark National Weight Control Registry. These are people who have successfully achieved and maintained a loss of 30 pounds or more for more than a year — something that makes them successful outliers in the realm of obesity studies. The researchers wanted to see what, if any, role low and no calorie sweetened beverages played in the diet of these successful weight loss maintainers.