December 27, 2010 |
Think saccharin is unsafe? You may want to think again. Saccharin was first identified as a hazardous, potentially cancer-causing chemical by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1970s. But since that time it has slowly been exonerated by state and federal agencies. The FDA changed its position on the chemical in 2001, reclassifying it as OK for consumption, as did the state of California. Now the EPA has announced removal of the sweetener from its list of hazardous chemicals too. Saccharin is one of the best studied artificial sweeteners — after all, it's been around the longest.
October 20, 2012 |
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.
July 1, 2011 |
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.
December 6, 1999 |
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.
December 29, 2012 |
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.
July 19, 2004 |
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.
July 9, 2001 |
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."
November 19, 2007 |
What is it about artificial sweeteners? As never before, they pervade the American diet -- in pink, yellow and blue packets on diner counters, in sugar-free cookies and diet juices, in sodas and smoothies and low-calorie yogurt and boxes of powder for baking. And, as ever, many Americans view them with suspicion. Every few years, a study links one to cancer. People get scared. Follow-up research finds nothing to worry about. Decades may pass, but sooner or later another scary study comes along.
August 2, 1988 |
Government approval of a third non-caloric sugar substitute hardly ushers in the era of "the two-calorie hot-fudge sundae," as one analyst put it. But it does offer a preview of the growing competition for the shopping dollars of the 78 million Americans who regularly eat low-calorie foods.
January 25, 1987 |
It all started out with an extended ride through San Diego County by bus, with drivers continually offering the little slips of paper that promise a ride farther down the line. The idea clicked. The curiosity wakened. What if you just kept on riding? Could you get as far as Los Angeles on the same ticket? So it happens that I'm in a bar late one night, and there's this character waxing eloquent on his travels in Mexico. "Mexican buses! I got around the whole country on about $10, man!