We all know that we should limit the amount of sugars and sweeteners that we intake into our system to maintain a truly healthy body. However, most people crave a little bit of something sweet from time to time. So how can we ensure that when we do indulge our sweet side, we don’t send [...]
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Ever find yourself looking to sweeten up your meals, but not looking to have the extra calories? Well, there are many alternatives to sugar cane so you can find what works best for you. Some sugar substitutes are chemically produced and others naturally extracted from various plants. People often unintentionally turn to chemically produced sweeteners [...]
Sugar Substitutes just got Sweeter! When is the last time you checked out the label on the last thing you ate? Did you know that a gram is the equivalent of about a quarter teaspoon of sugar? So 15 grams of sugar is the equivalent of eating 3.75 teaspoons of sugar! 10 tablespoons of sugar is what you typically [...]
Almond Flour, Grape Seed Oil, Agave Nectar, Chia Seeds and Alternative Sweeteners can be used instead of traditional ingredients to prepare your favorite holiday recipes. You can even create a pumpkin protein shake with your favorite protein powder. Here are a couple that we found utilizing ingredients from your Healthy Kitchen…Enjoy!
A high-profile debate is taking place over the adverse effect of fructose sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. On one side, the commercial sweetener industry employs fructose on a massive – and massively profitable – scale, the best example being the HFCS that’s in just about every supermarket food. The industry maintains that fructose is, essentially, no worse for you than other sugars, and they’ve enlisted the help of slick high-profile TV ads to advocate for the safety of high fructose corn syrup in a non-technical, feelgood sort of way (it’s ‘natural’, it’s ‘made from corn’, ‘real men’ don’t care, etc). On the other side are researchers and health professionals. These scientists have been searching for a way to explain the explosion in obesity and obesity harbingers like insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. This explosion more-or-less coincides with the introduction and rapid, widespread adoption of high fructose corn syrup. At this time in 2009, HFCS has already been the subject of many damaging studies, and while these researchers aren’t taking to the airwaves with their findings, the tide seems to be steadily turning against the industry as more consumers and health experts just put two-and-two together and finally steer clear of fructose sweeteners altogether.
Recent press releases and news reports (including an AllStarHealth blog post) revealed that the controversial sweetener stevia herb was finally about to go mainstream as major soda manufacturers announced their intention to begin using a newly-approved sweetener called Trvuvia in low calorie drinks. Truvia’s manufacturer makes a big deal over the fact that it’s an herbal product, and that it’s stevia, in particular but when you look at the ingredient label
First Coke and Pepsi, and now Dr. Pepper have all announced their intention to begin marketing drinks sweetened with stevia. Meanwhile, millions of people are wondering what the heck took them so long.
The average American adult consumes over 50 grams of it a day, and the average teen over 70 grams. It’s not doing anyone any good,there are plenty of alternatives, yet it’s still used in so many foods and drinks, you’ll have lots of trouble avoiding it completely. Do you know what it is?