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  • Noncaloric Sweeteners Explained, Part 1

    Posted on April 11th, 2012 Patricia No comments

    Why are Americans struggling with increased obesity? The plain facts have to do with increased calorie intake and decreased energy expenditure. The proverbial sweet tooth has challenged the food industry to develop noncaloric sweeteners for use in foods and drinks. These sweeteners taste similar to sucrose and contain very few calories. Because they are hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, only a small amount is necessary. It adds only a few calories to foods and beverages such as diet soft drinks, light yogurt and sugar-free pudding. Americans consume an average of 20 teaspoons of sugar a day, and these sweeteners can replace some of those empty calories. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Pediatric Asthma Wellness and Prevention

    Posted on April 3rd, 2012 Patricia No comments

    Severity
    The severity of a child’s asthma and his/her overall health will greatly influence the prescribed asthma management plan. A child may have to undergo additional testing to evaluate the severity of the disease and rule out other possible diagnoses that have similar symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »