Natural Sweeteners

honey-honeycomb

Feb 26

4 Top Paleo Sweeteners

Top ratings go to Raw Honey, Chicory Root, Lo Han Guo, and Swerve Sweetener, the best and healthiest Paleo sweeteners. The criterion used are based on purity, stable blood sugar, and balanced metabolism. With a growing epidemic of diabetes and obesity, we need to find sweeteners that will stop the sugar cycle in it’s tracks. Some of these sweeteners are expensive, but still far less costly than diabetes. In some areas we need to hunt and gather them online. This article is a brief executive summary. For details see my researched articles: What are the Best Paleo Sweeteners?, and 300

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How-much-fructose-day

May 23

My Fructose Limit is 20 grams per day.

20 grams fructose per day is 4.5 teaspoons, the sweetness in two apples. Fructose has been getting a bad rap lately. Dr. Mercola calls it a “poison”, Dr. Robert Lustig says it’s a “liver toxin”, and Dr.Oz. calls it a “hidden sugar”. What is Fructose? Fructose is a natural sugar found in fruits and vegetables. Pure fructose is about 70% sweeter than sugar. Fructose can be granulated like table sugar. Or it can be in liquid syrup form such as agave nectar, coconut syrup, honey and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). High-fructose corn syrup has also been getting a lot

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Low-Carb-Skinny-Sweets

Jan 25

How to Make Low-Carb Skinny Sweets

Everyone asks me: “How can I lose weight and still enjoy eating sweets?” The answer is easy. Eat low-carb Paleo Desserts! I discovered the secret to making delicious traditional desserts with low-carb, healthy ingredients. I eliminated gluten, grains, refined sugars and dairy.

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Jan 22

Paleo Brownies – Are They Really Healthy?

I love all brownies! But they’re not always what they claim to be. I analyzed three brownie recipes to see which is best. All of them taste great. But which one is healthiest? Paleo Brownies are always low-carb and healthy, right? Not always. The Nutrition Facts are surprising! The SECRET to low-carb health and weight control is to limit carbs and sugars. Modern foods are often high in refined sugars and carbs. These are the top suspects in our epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and other diseases. Many people are looking to the Paleo diet as a guide to a healthy

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gluten-cross-reactors

Jan 11

10 Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods to Avoid

Yep, there are certain foods that cross-react with gluten. Do you find your digestion is stressed even when you avoid gluten? Are there times when you feel emotional ups and downs that could be related to diet? Many foods cross-react to gluten, meaning they create reactions by themselves or make your response to gluten even worse. The main grains that contain gluten are wheat, rye, barley, kamut, and spelt. You can have expensive tests done for all gluten cross-reactors at Cyrex Labs or TrueHealthLabs. Or you can do it yourself for a lot less. Start by eliminating these 10 foods

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New-Years-Resolution-diet

Dec 28

My BEST New Year’s Resolution

Are you willing to sign a contract with yourself? It’s 2013, and I’m ready to re-commit myself to my health. Here’s a powerful new tool to improve your diet. It’s tough, compassionate, and you can stick to it no matter what. For years I’ve followed the best diets known to man, looking for the best one for me. I’ve used the Blood Type Diet, the Paleo Diet, the Zone Diet, and the Atkins Diet. I have eaten Ayurvedic and Vegan. All of these are excellent diets. They helped me learn to listen to my body, and to love it. I can begin to feel what’s

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Dec 27

“The Skinny on Obesity” Video Series

Sugar causes obesity. Sugar causes diabetes. It’s that simple. Here’s an amazing new video series from the U of C showing clear scientific evidence that obesity, diabetes, and many diseases are caused by sugar and refined carbs in prepared foods and soft drinks. Is sugar a toxin that’s fueling the global obesity epidemic? From UCTV by Dr. Robert Lustig, USCF endocrinologist and his colleagues. In The Skinny on Obesity, Dr. Lustig and his colleagues tease out the science behind this alarming claim and the dire threat it poses to global public health.  Dr. Lustig’s 2009 video ”Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” has gone

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Paleo-Desserts-good-mood-good-food

Dec 17

7 Reasons Paleo Desserts is a Great Resource For Your Family

The greatest resource you can provide for yourself and your family is health and happiness. Mood is so important, and it depends on what kind of “fuel” we put it our body. With healthy Paleo Desserts you can relax and be sure everyone can enjoy them, without worrying about special diets or emotional edges. The Paleo Desserts cookbook shows you step-by-step how to prepare delicious guilt-free sweets that are real, healthy food. These are the favorite recipes we love, like Brownies and Apple Pie, all made without refined foods and sugars that often increase everyone’s stress. Paleo Desserts is a

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Dec 12

My Trip to the Just Like Sugar Factory

Everybody asks me: “What’s in the chicory root sweetener?” Last week I paid a visit to the Just Like Sugar factory to give their CEO, Mike Sylver, a signed copy of my new book Paleo Desserts. I had already done an enormous amount of research comparing hundreds of sweeteners on the market and compiled a book about them: “300 Sweeteners, Which is Best?“. For two years I had been developing dessert recipes with this unique natural chicory root sweetener that has no effect on blood sugar. I was impressed and wrote about the benefits of Just Like Sugar Table Top

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Lick-The-Sugar-Habit

Nov 16

How to Lick the Sugar Habit Eating Sweets!

Do you LOVE sweets? We often crave desserts, like Brownies and Chocolate Fudge. They taste wonderful. But when your blood sugar plunges 30 minutes later, maybe you wish you hadn’t done it. And when you suddenly gain 5 pounds, it’s a bad day. So I found a solution and I’d like to share it with you. First I studied the lowest carb flours and sweeteners. Then I used them to re-create my favorite desserts. Imagine my surprise when I tasted them and didn’t have any adverse reaction or blood sugar rush. I wanted to celebrate! I ended my life-long craving and broke

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Best-Paleo-Sweeteners

Aug 26

What are the Best Paleo Sweeteners?

The spotlight is on Paleo Sweeteners now, because we’re living in times when sugars and carbs in processed foods are everywhere, causing epidemic health challenges worldwide. Many people are turning to the Paleo diet for answers and guidance. What did our ancestors eat? What is the best diet that humans were genetically designed to eat? By following a diet close to the ancestral diet, many people hope to restore health and balance in our bodies. See also my research and chart in 300 Sweeteners,Which is Best?, and Natural Sweeteners, A Closer Look. I confess that I have a strong bias in favor

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300-Sweeteners

Aug 25

300 Sweeteners – Which is Best?

With over 300 sweeteners in groceries and prepared foods, how can we choose wisely? Find the best sweeteners, and learn how to select them yourself. Download List of Sweeteners as pdf       Download as Excel File This is an exhaustive list of 325 sweeteners available today. I find it very interesting and you may too. This is my best information to date, gleaned from online research and prepared food labels. It shows the categories for each sweetener and its ingredients when possible. The list is far from complete, as we invent new sweeteners every day to satisfy our increasing demand. This chart is intended to inform and to invite better

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gum-drops

Aug 16

Is Sugar Toxic? CBS 60 Minutes

Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the U of C in San Francisco, believes the high amount of sugar in the American diet, much of it hidden in processed foods, is killing us. CBS 60 Minutes recently aired new scientific research by Dr. Sanjay Gupta that links high blood sugar to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s, supporting his theory that sugar is toxic. View the segment on 60 Minutes: Americans now consume nearly 130 pounds of added sugars per person, per year. Those include both sugar and high fructose corn syrup. While many people criticize high fructose corn syrup as

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Best-Natural-Sweetenrs

Aug 14

Best Natural Sweeteners

There are only 3 sweeteners I consider BEST. That’s because they are zero or very low carb, they’re easy to find, they taste delicious, and are easy to use in recipes. Best of all, they are natural, non-GMO and Paleo. More info: See 300 Sweeteners – Which is Best? Just Like Sugar Table Top Just Like Sugar Table Top is my favorite Natural Paleo sweetener by far. After testing hundreds of sweeteners I use this because it dissolves easily, it tastes like table sugar, and is easy to measure cup for cup—like table sugar. It also happens to be a

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Just-Like-Sugar-Table-Top

Jul 14

Just Like Sugar Table Top – Natural Chicory Root Sweetener

Just Like Sugar Table Top is my favorite Natural Paleo sweetener by far. After testing hundreds of sweeteners I use this because it dissolves easily, it tastes like table sugar, and is easy to measure cup for cup—like table sugar. It also happens to be a zero-calorie, zero-carb granulated sweetener that can be used very much like sugar. It gently sweetens everything, and I get no sugar rush or aftertaste from it. The Table Top version gives me the best sweet flavor and texture in desserts. It is also delicious in coffee and tea. Let me say right away that

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Jul 04

“Natural” Sweeteners – A Closer Look

Look at most “natural sweeteners” and what do you find? High carbs and sugars, causing a spike in blood sugar and insulin response. There are many interpretations of healthy sweeteners, or Paleo sweeteners. In my recipes I use only the * lowest-carb natural sweeteners, which minimize any rise in blood sugar and insulin response. This simple approach eliminates a lot of so-called natural sweeteners. How to measure healthy sweeteners? Count the Carbs as a Percent.There are lots of ways to measure sweeteners, and most of them are confusing. Look for the Total Carbs in any sweetener, which is shown on the nutrition

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