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The Best Foods to Use as Natural Sweeteners

Using naturally sweet foods instead of sugar to sweeten is a culinary trick with a long and honored past. Sugar was rationed during the Second World War because transporting it across oceans was so dangerous. But, the people must have bread and cake. So home cooks figured out how to sweeten their foods without an endless supply of sugar. Carrot cake and fruit cake earned their popularity in victory cookbooks. We are...

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Don’t Be Fooled by Honey and Agave

If you are interested in living a healthy lifestyle, chances are you’ve heard that sugar is public enemy number one. Drill into the topics and you’ll learn there are lots of different kinds of sugar. Glucose, found in most foods, fuels our cells and we can’t survive without it. On the other side of the sugar spectrum is fructose. It‘s found in cane and beet sugar, fruits, vegetables, and honey. And it...

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What Makes Our Syrups Stand Out?

No matter how much we try to kick our sugar habits, sugar is addictive by nature. Does that mean we have to give up the tastes we love? Not any more! NuStevia Cocoa Syrup tastes amazing, and replaces all that unhealthy sugar with our unique Stevia sweetener. Whether it’s on pancakes or waffles Saturday morning, in a glass of hot chocolate, or used for simple syrup in a winter time cocktail, our...

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No Sugar Added Alternatives for Fall

The harvest is a traditional time of celebration. Though most of us no longer mark the season by storing our own grain, salting meat and preserving fruits and vegetables, it’s still a joyous time of year, when eating and socializing top the charts. The only problem? Sometimes surrounding yourself with food presents problems for your diet. Especially if you have a sugar sensitivity – which often results in not feeling well when...

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What is Collagen and How Does It Benefit Health?

What is collagen? If you’ve been scratching your head and asking this question, you are not alone. Collagen is beginning to pop up everywhere, and for good reason. More than the latest health or beauty trend, collagen protein and collagen peptides are an easy yet powerful addition to your smoothies, baked goods, soups, and juices. You’ll also be happy to know that collagen delivers plenty of the benefits you want in a...

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What is Erythritol and the Side Effects?

It’s the 21st century, and we no longer have an excuse to eat sugar like it’s going out of style. The white stuff has been linked to all kinds of awful diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer, so it goes without saying that we simply must find ways to eat less of it. Of course, that doesn’t have to mean ditching sweetness altogether. One of the most promising sugar...

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Healthy Treats For Our Furry Friends

We know that adding gelatin to our diets helps benefit our bones, joints, skin and other connective tissues. But did you know that it can help our furry friends reap these same benefits? 📷@martinthebabydog Gelatin Treats for Dogs Give your furry friend all the benefits of healthy joints with these easy-to-make homemade treats! Remember to always use unflavored and unsweetened gelatin in these treats. Flavored and artificially sweetened gelatin is potentially toxic to...

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The Scoop on Gelatin & Collagen

So what's the big deal with bone broth these days? The answer has to do with gelatin and collagen... here's the scoop. What exactly are collagen and gelatin? Raw collagen is the primary protein that makes up most of the connective tissues in the body, like ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints, skin, and bones. When you cook collagen, say when you simmer bones to make broth, you are turning the collagen from the bones...

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5 Benefits Of Fiber

How much fiber are you getting in each day? According to the Institute of Medicine, women need at least 25 grams of fiber per day and men need 38 grams, while studies show that the average adult is only getting about 15 grams per day. So where does fiber come from? It comes from plants! You can get fiber from foods like grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans. When we eat fiber...

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