Food Focus: Natural Sweeteners

Food Focus: Natural Sweeteners (This article was previously published in the September edition of A Healthy You). Who among us doesn’t love sweets? The sweet flavor releases serotonin in our brains, the chemical responsible for our sense of well-being and contentment. But when it comes to sweeteners, not all are created equal. There are side […]

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Food Focus: Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Maple syrup is the concentrated extract of the sap of maple trees. It adds a rich, deep flavor to foods and drinks. Make sure to look for 100% pure maple syrup, not maple-flavored corn syrup. As with all sweeteners, organic varieties are best. Adapted from “The Cane Mutiny,” New Age Magazine, March/April 1999.

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Food Focus: Agave Nectar

Agave Nectar (This article previously appeared in  the September edition of A Healthy You). Agave is made through the extraction and purification of the juice of the agave cactus. It does not stimulate insulin secretion as other sugars do, so it does not create a “sugar rush.” It has a delightfully light and mild flavor.

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Food Focus: Raw Honey

Raw Honey (This article previously appeared in the September edition of A Healthy You.) Everyone seems to love honey, one of the oldest natural sweeteners on the market. The flavor of honey varies depending on the plant source. Some are very dark and intensely flavored. Wherever possible, choose raw honey, as it is unrefined and […]

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