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Healthy Shades of Sweet

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The ongoing demand for sugar alternatives is evident in the vast markets for both artificial and natural sweeteners. Though there exist ‘natural’ sweeteners like honey and agave nectar neither contains any real nutritious value. In fact, they can be as hazardous to your health as sugar. Luckily, with these ‘bad’ sugars, nature has also provided a few sweeteners that are safe and beneficial to your health. Stevia is nature’s answer to calorie free sweeteners. Extracted from the Stevia rebaudiana leaf, it is 400 times sweeter than sugar. Because of this, Stevia can achieve the same amount of sweet as sugar… read more

Classic Treats (Without The Sugar)

Baking with Stevia

In a world full of packaged foods, homemade delicacies from the oven are, to many, a rare treat that is eagerly accepted. And they are often better in taste and quality, as well as better for you. But there are still improvements to be made in the staples we use if we wish to create a healthy diet that provides us with the best possible nutrition to support us in our daily lives. For most, sugars and artificial sweeteners make up a big portion of baking staples– it is essentially a tradition in American baking. And like most traditions, the… read more

Sweet Relief Without The Sugar

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From early childhood we are introduced to products laden with sugar. It is nearly impossible to go to the grocery store without being bombarded with “impulse buys”, in the form of ‘fun sized’ assortments of chocolate bars and sugary confections. But in addition to these sugar addictions, there is an inherent shame about our consumption. Of course, there are also many health concerns posed by over-consumption of sugars. While with any food or habit it is all about moderation, it can be hard to break certain habits without avoiding them altogether. This brings about a search for alternatives, so that people can be in the… read more

Pure Extractions

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Flavor extracts have been used for centuries to enhance foods, drinks, and to disguise the bitter taste of certain medicines. Many stores carry extractions, although those not labeled ‘pure’ or containing ‘100%’ of the said ingredient are often full of additives, chemicals, and in some cases sugar. Their flavor is often inferior, as can easily be noticed with imitation vanilla. Though this may slide in a chocolate chip cookie recipe, you need the real deal vanilla if you want dainties such as sugar cookies to hold up. Fortunately, any such dilemma can be easily remedied by making your own extracts at home…. read more