SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (Nov. 1, 2011) – ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, an approved provider for continuing education by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), has announced a new course offering: Natural Sweeteners—Healthy Options for Your Sweet Tooth.

Course description

Most Americans consume far more sugar than they require and this contributes to obesity as well as many types of diseases. The role of sugar in the American diet is an important one. Understanding its effect on the body and its role in inflammation and disease can significantly impact one’s health. Alternatives to refined sugar are numerous, but are they safe and effective?

The goal of this course is to provide learners with a historical overview of the role of sugar in the American diet, describe the various definitions of sugar, briefly examine glucose metabolism and the health effects of too much dietary sugar, explain the glycemic index, identify both artificial and natural alternatives to sugar, and list methods of reducing dietary sugar intake.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

1. Describe the historical role of sugar in the American diet.

2. Define sugar.

3. Describe how glucose is metabolized in the body.

4. Identify the health effects of sugar on the body.

5. Explain the glycemic index.

6. Compare and contrast artificial and natural alternatives to sugar.

7. Identify methods to reduce dietary sugar intake.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions began in 1994 as a developer of more than 200 vocational, baccalaureate and master’s-level degree programs for schools and colleges. ALLEGRA quickly expanded, creating more than 300 online courses and content for more than 2,000 U.S. schools and colleges, customizing content for publishers, writing two highly successful books and achieving national endorsements for the quality of their work. ALLEGRA’s courses and certificates have been nationally accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and other accrediting agencies. For a complete list of courses, visit