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Demystifying Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners and Natural Sweeteners

  Broadcast in Nutrition

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100 years ago, the average American consumed 5 pounds of added sugar a year. Today? The average American is consuming about 180 pounds a year. It's safe to say: We have a problem. Yet, there is so much information on this topic...and much of it is confusing and contradictory. One thing is for sure, however, sugar is something we are over-consuming...and we need to do something about it. Join us with our special guests, Brooke Benlifer, R.D. and Mark Rifkin MS, RD, LDN for a discussion on the realities of sugar and what we need to do. Featured Guests: Brooke Benlifer, RD - Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD is a Cornell University graduate and Registered Dietitian with expertise in a variety of medical issues, from diabetes and cardiac care, to renal health and GI issues. After completing her internship on the east coast, she began a career as a dietitian in San Diego. "My passion is preventative health through optimal nutrition. I want to lead people toward healthier, more fulfilling lives." In addition to nearly seven years of clinical experience, she frequently lectures and maintains a private practice, working with clients of all ages, from pediatric to geriatric, and consults at athletic training studios. Mark Rifkin MS, RD, LDN - Mark is a Baltimore, Maryland based registered dietitian specializing in plant-based diets to enhance healthy lifestyles and reduce eco-footprints, particularly for women, seniors, minority populations, and vegetarians. Mark helps his clients prevent and manage diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, and bone/joint conditions. He holds a Master's Degree in health education. Find him online at
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