All Star Health is your one-stop shopping source for the best nutritional supplements to improve your health and enhance your workout or weight training program. However, we also offer a wide variety of special ingredients that you can add to your home cooking for healthier meals for yourself and your family. Many of the products you see here aren’t available in mainstream supermarkets, and we have them at highly affordable prices. Refer to this handy guide to help you chose the products that are the most beneficial for your needs.
Brown rice syrup – Brown rice syrup tastes just as sweet as sugar, but since it’s a complex carbohydrate, it has a far milder effect on the body’s blood sugar levels. Brown rice syrup is perfect for baking or for sweetening beverages such as ice tea and lemonade. It can also be used instead of maple syrup on waffles or pancakes.
Coconut oil – Coconut oil is a great alternative to butter, shortening or cooking oils. It won't raise your cholesterol and it’s more bioavailable than other fats. Coconut oil is naturally stable, can withstand high temperatures and does not require any preservatives or refrigeration. In addition, coconut oil provides a delicious flavoring for sautéing and stir frying.
Dextrose – Dextrose is a neutral-tasting carbohydrate that is used to add carb calories to protein shakes or recovery and endurance drinks. Bodybuilders use it to increase their weight and muscle. This simple sugar has an identical chemical structure to glucose (blood sugar) and may be useful if someone has low blood sugar or is dehydrated.
Erythritol – Erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol that has the taste, appearance and texture of regular sugar, but is low calorie with negligible impact on blood sugar levels. Unlike sugar, erythritol does not cause tooth decay. It’s a great substitute for granulated sugar in any recipe.
Fructose - Sometimes called "fruit sugar" because it occurs naturally in many fruits, fructose looks like sugar but is about 1/3 sweeter. This means you can use less of it than you would with regular sugar. Fructose has a much lower impact on blood sugar levels than ordinary table sugar, making it a good choice for people with diabetes and those trying to lose weight.
Lecithin - Lecithin is a mixture of healthy fats that occurs naturally in foods such as soybeans and egg yolks. Since Lecithin is loaded with brain-boosting lipids like phosphatidyl choline and phosphatidyl serine, it is often used to treat memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Lecithin may also improve cholesterol levels. When used in cooking, lecithin is an effective emulsifier. It helps fats and oils disperse throughout a food mixture, giving it a smooth, uniform texture. For example, you can use it in cake batter and other baking mixes. Lecithin is tasteless, so it won't alter the food’s flavor. Lecithin granules are the most cost-effective form of this useful ingredient. They dissolve easily in the presence of other fats and oils.
High Protein Baking Mix – Protein is essential in supporting vital brain and muscle functions. High protein waffles or pancakes are a deliciously smart start to your day, to provide your body with the protein it needs to function at its best. A high protein baking mix is a great and healthy change to the standard protein shake.
Stevia - Stevia is a plant sweetener that doesn’t provide any carbohydrate calories, making it ideal for those on a weight reduction program. Stevia has a slight aftertaste, so it tends to work better in some foods (teas and coffee) than in others (baking, protein shakes).
Xylitol - Xylitol is another sugar alcohol like Erythriol. It has a similar taste and appearance to sugar, but far fewer calories and a much smaller impact on blood sugar. In fact, it has been shown to inhibit tooth decay and is used in many candies and chewing gums.