Acesulfame potassium, also known as Acesulfame K or Ace-K, is one of six non-nutritive sweeteners and one of five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA. The name is derived from its components acetoacetic acid and potassium, which forms a highly stable and crystalline compound similar to saccharin. Unlike aspartame, which may break down at a particular […]

Aspartame is one of six non-nutritive sweeteners and one of five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA. The name is derived from aspartic acid, one of 2 amino acids – the other being phenylalanine – that aspartame is mostly composed of. It is the third oldest known sugar substitute – saccharin and cyclamate before it – dating back to its […]

Cyclamate as a food additive is a non-nutritive sweetener that is used in over 100 countries, not including the United States. The name cyclamate is derived from cyclamic acid, with its sodium or calcium salts being used as the sweetener. It is the second oldest – with saccharin being the oldest – known sugar substitute, dating back […]

Saccharin is one of six non-nutritive sweeteners and one of five artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA. The name is derived from the word Saccharine, meaning, “of, relating to, or resembling that of sugar.” It is the oldest known sugar substitute, dating back to its discovery in 1879 by Constantin Fahlberg. IMG It all started when […]

Non-nutritive sweeteners are sweeteners that do not provide calories and have no additional nutritional value, specifically no carbohydrates. Nutritive sweeteners are sweeteners that provide calories, specifically carbohydrates in the form of sugar. All artificial sweeteners, which are synthetically made as opposed to naturally grown, are non-nutritive sweeteners. There are 6 non-nutritive sweeteners approved by the […]

The merriam-webster dictionary has stated that conventional wisdom is, “the generally accepted belief, opinion, judgment, or prediction about a particular matter.” When it comes to nutrition and the food industry conventional wisdom is what the FDA prescribes to us as a society, what the RDI recommendations are based on, and what our doctors tell us […]

Our nutritional needs are one of the most powerful forces in our lives. The way we look, feel, and act influences, and is strongly influenced, by our nutritional choices and habits. Our emotional state may void our nutritional needs and lead to binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia. Going hours without eating, eating low-carb while exercising […]