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BUSINESS
May 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The maker of Splenda settled a lawsuit over its disputed advertising slogan -- "Made from sugar so it tastes like sugar" -- after a jury reached a verdict against the market-leading artificial sweetener. Terms weren't disclosed. Merisant Co., which makes rival Equal, had accused the maker of Splenda of confusing consumers into thinking its product was more healthful and natural than other artificial sweeteners.
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HEALTH
December 29, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
Lisa Lillien has the world on a plate. The Los Angeles author and entrepreneur sits atop the multimillion-dollar "Hungry Girl" empire that includes TV shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, several bestselling cookbooks and a daily email blast that tops 1 million subscribers. Lillien is a genius at finding low-calorie ways to scratch a craving itch and then sharing them with her legion of fans. Her new book, "Hungry Girl to the Max," features 650 guilt-free recipes, many that are fewer than 200 calories per serving.
SCIENCE
February 11, 2008 | By Denise Gellene, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Casting doubt on the benefit of low-calorie sweeteners, research released Sunday reported that rats on diets containing saccharin gained more weight than rats given sugary food. The study in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience found that the calorie-free artificial sweetener appeared to break the physiological connection between sweet tastes and calories, driving the rats to overeat. Lyn M. Steffen, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, who was not involved in the latest report, said the study offered a possible explanation for the unexpected association between obesity and diet soda found in recent human studies.
NEWS
July 1, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Diet soda may indeed be associated with weight gain, as a new study suggests, but the fault may lie in your head, not necessarily your metabolism. In a study that has sparked headlines along the lines of “Diet soda makes you fat,” researchers found that people who drank diet soda for nearly a decade gained more stomach pudge than diet-drink abstainers. The study wasn’t huge or broad, assessing only 474 elderly participants from the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging.
HEALTH
October 20, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
It's been 60 years since diet soda first burst on the scene with a sugar-free ginger ale known as No-Cal that catered to diabetics. Then came RC Cola's Diet Rite, followed by Tab, Fresca and a slew of sugar-free versions of Pepsi and Coca-Cola that seem to be in perpetual states of reformulation to accommodate customers' fickle tastes. Today, it isn't just colas that are going on a diet. The market for no-calorie sodas has become as effervescent as the beverages themselves, with an ever-expanding palette of exotic flavors such as coconut, pomegranate and coffee - many of them from small companies that are developing loyal followings catering to customers' thirst for carbonated indulgence without the sugar.
HEALTH
December 6, 1999 | SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR
After a recent column about sugar, much of the mail we received about sweets was not really about sugar, but about artificial sweeteners, which have become a huge business in the United States. By some estimates, more than 140 million Americans regularly consume some sort of artificially sweetened product. Even our office is usually littered with empty diet soda cans.
HEALTH
July 19, 2004 | Alice Lesch Kelly, Special to The Times
Americans love artificial sweeteners. We stir saccharin into our coffee, drink cola sweetened with aspartame, and chew gum flavored with sorbitol -- all in an attempt to enjoy the sweet taste we crave without the calories we're trying to avoid. One thing we haven't been able to do, however, is to bake successfully with artificial sweeteners. Replace the sugar in a cake recipe with an artificial sweetener, and you're likely to bake a pale, off-tasting cake.
SCIENCE
February 11, 2008 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Casting doubt on the benefit of low-calorie sweeteners, research released Sunday reported that rats on diets containing saccharin gained more weight than rats given sugary food. The study in the journal Behavioral Neuroscience found that the calorie-free artificial sweetener appeared to break the physiological connection between sweet tastes and calories, driving the rats to overeat. Lyn M.
HEALTH
July 9, 2001 | PATRICIA KING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sandy Resnick and her family used to revel in sugary desserts such as huge, hot, chocolate chip cookies with melting vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. But that was before Resnick's 12-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Resnick started realizing how often the family would turn to sugar as a "very, very available quick fix for hunger."
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