Tag Archives: added sugar

Life is Naturally Sweet

Today’s post was written by VT Dietetic Students Emily Rowe, Justin Morello, Cassie Mitchell, and Kira Runkle.

Added sugars are not found naturally in foods; they are put into food or beverages when they are processed or prepared. The addition of these sugars increases the number of calories in a food or drink, but provides no health benefits. Eating or drinking too many added sugars is linked to health problems like weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Continue reading

Should I Avoid Artificial Sweeteners?

Today’s post was written in response to a comment left on our post “Half and Half vs. Non-dairy Creamer- What’s the best for coffee?” We are fortunate that Emily Myers, a graduate student in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech, was willing to share her insights into this controversial topic. I know there are strong opinions both ways about artificial sweeteners, so please read with an open mind and make your decision based on what is right for you. You can also find more information about the research on artificial sweeteners in this publication: Nonnutritive Sweeteners: Are They Safe?

“Artificial sweeteners cause cancer!”

“Artificial sweeteners can help you lose weight!”

“Artificial sweeteners cause weight gain!”

Artificial sweeteners are a popular topic in the nutrition rumor mill. One day, an article reports they have positive benefits and the next day someone says they have negative effects. So what are artificial sweeteners and why are they so controversial?

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Day 7 of Julie’s SNAP Challenge

Today I attended a Legislative Day in Richmond with the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It was a very long day – getting up at 4:45 am and getting home at 8:30 pm. However, I learned a lot of cool things about how our state government functions, and was very glad I went. While I was there, they gave out free breakfast and lunch! So awesome! Here is a picture of the breakfast bar I ate.

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Day 4 of Julie’s SNAP Challenge

Woke up feeling hungry, but not as bad as yesterday morning. I believe this was because I ate so much last night for dinner! I ate oatmeal, peanut butter, and milk again. I hate to say it but I am starting to crave sweets and sugar! Like I mentioned before, I normally eat brown sugar in my oatmeal, as well as other sweet things throughout the day like fruit, chocolate, granola bars, etc. My sugar cravings are rearing their ugly head this morning!!!

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Quick Breakfast Ideas to Help You Earn an A!

Written by Rachel Sable
Part of National Nutrition Month 2013

cereal label

I’m the type of person who presses the snooze button at least three times before actually getting out of bed. I love my sleep (as do all college students!) and absolutely dread setting my alarm clock. Due to about 30 minutes lost during my over pressing of the snooze button, I have to get ready for the day in the quickest way possible. As a student studying nutrition I am aware of the importance of breakfast and must decide, “What can I eat that is quick yet provides a jump start to my day?” I’ve found that cereal seems to be the most tasteful option.

multi-grain O's cereal

Image by Rachel Sable

Cereal can be a great breakfast option if you are choosing the right ones. I always check the nutrition label and serving size. Never rely on the claims made on the front of the box!



What should be in your cereal per serving size?

  • High in fiber (more than 3g)
  • Low in sodium (less than 200 mg)
  • Low in sugar (10g or less)
Multi-grain flakes cereal

Image by Rachel Sable

Now we all have a hard time choosing the ‘healthy’ cereal over the ‘sugar’ cereal in the grocery aisle but there are healthier cereal options that taste just a great as the ‘sugar’ cereals. Plus, you can include a serving of fruit to your cereal, like I always do, to add some sweetness to your breakfast.

Which cereal will you choose for breakfast?


Mayo Clinic Staff (2011). Healthy Breakfast: Quick, flexible options to grab at home. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/food-and-nutrition/ART-20048294?pg=2