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Editor's e-Note
Low-Calorie Sugar

As consumers desire lower-calorie foods and beverages and seek to reduce their intake of added sugars, manufacturers are ramping up new introductions of products made with low-calorie sugars to enhance their taste and palatability.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) discusses one of the more popular low-calorie sugars food companies are incorporating into their products. The low-calorie sugar not only tastes good but may even have health benefits.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the November/December issue, which includes articles on holiday foods from across the globe, expanded roles in diabetes care, the Southern diet, nutrition’s impact on mental health, and MNT for long COVID patients.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Introducing Allulose

This lower-calorie sweetener is being used in foods, beverages, and more, and research suggests it may provide health benefits.

By Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDCES, BC-ADM, FADCES

Clients with diabetes or those who want to reduce their intake of added sugars may want to know what low-sugar foods and snacks are on the market and what lower-calorie sweeteners they should look for on Nutrition Facts panels.

One of these lower-calorie sweeteners is allulose. It’s growing in popularity and is one of the sweeteners in a new category referred to as “rare sugars.” Food manufacturers are racing to formulate new products sweetened with allulose to accomplish two key objectives: One is to help consumers reduce their consumption of added sugars and calories, since many have become more concerned about calories, total sugars, and added sugars1,2; and two, allulose produces tasty low-sugar foods and snacks that sell.

Have you heard of allulose? Are you seeing it on ingredient lists? If not, it’s time to get acquainted. What follows is an overview of its safety, potential health benefits, the FDA’s labeling guidance, and pertinent teaching points to help clients appropriately use these products.

What Is Allulose?
As part of the category of rare sugars, which are present in limited quantities in nature, allulose is found in foods such as honey, figs, raisins, and wheat.3 It’s a monosaccharide, is known as D-psicose, and is a C-3 epimer of fructose with two-thirds the sweetness of sucrose. The allulose manufacturers purchase is produced through a complex process initiated with corn starch. Two forms are available: crystalline and liquid.4  

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Learn about digestive enzymes and nutrition in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CEUs!

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Field Notes
Wearables Have Mixed Reliability for Tracking Calorie Balance

Accurate measures of individual energy intake, storage, and expenditure are important when assessing energy balance and its connections to food, nutrition, and health. Unfortunately, current measures of these energy components are challenging, often laborious, resource intensive, and marked by wide variability. A new study finds that commercial wearable devices such as Fitbit trackers provide robust estimates of energy expenditure compared with “gold-standard” methods, but results were mixed when used for energy storage and intake.

The findings were part of an article recently published in The Journal of Nutrition entitled “Commercial Devices Provide Estimates of Energy Balance With Varying Degrees of Validity in Free-Living Adults.” The research conducted in free-living healthy adults tracked their at-home daily activities, which are more representative of daily behaviors.

The study finds “that commercial devices have differential reliability and validity for capturing the three components of the energy balance model. Energy expenditure estimates were the most robust overall, whereas energy storage were generally poor.”  The research calls for further study to understand measurement error and calibration of wearable devices as they offer an opportunity to measure population-level energy intake, storage, and expenditure patterns.

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Other News
Opinion: Agriculture Is the Solution to Nutrition Security
An opinion contributor to The Hill makes the case for using agricultural systems to boost food security and adequate nutrition for those in need.

Survey Shows RDs’ Difficulty Meeting COVID-19 Patients’ Nutrition Needs
A new survey outlined by Pharmacy Practice News suggests that RDs and physicians are frustrated with limited resources for nutrition support for COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
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