Showing posts from July, 2019

Are Diet Sweeteners Safe?

Every day it seems that there are new diet products on the market. Are the chemicals used in them safe?
Artificial and natural no and low calorie sweeteners which are often added to these products are considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Similar agencies have also approved these sweeteners for use in other countries. 

That said, there are still possible side effects, just like medications recognized as safe may result in side effects.
Let’s explore these sweeteners and their potential health risks, starting with the oldest first.

Nutrition Basics: Macronutrients

I've noticed many of my nutrition clients are lacking basic nutrition information. Since health classes aren't teaching the basics and many can't afford to see a dietitian, I thought I would share nutrition basics here for free...

Macronutrients are the 3 types of nutrients we need in large amounts. I'll get into Micronutrients, or those that we need in small amounts, in an upcoming post.

Macronutrients the nutrients that provide calories, which is a measure of energy we gain from food. The three macronutrients are carbohydrates (carbs), protein, and fatty acids (fats). Sometimes alcohol is also grouped as a macronutrient, because it provides calories; however, it is not an essential nutrient and I typically do not recommend its consumption.