Spring is here and with that comes the craving for sweet, fruity snacks to make in your own kitchen. However, most sweet homemade treats can be packed with refined sugars. Here are a few tasty spring treats you can enjoy without the guilt!
At SweetLeaf® we are constantly promoting a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. One way to accomplish that is to replace everyday cane sugar with a healthier alternative. It might seem difficult to identify these hidden sugars in most of your food considering there are over 61 different names for sugar to go by. As they say, what you don’t know won’t kill you, but not in this case. That’s why it is important to be knowledgeable about how sugar is found in your daily diet and the importance of replacing it with healthier alternatives. Here are five reasons to replace regular cane sugar in your daily life.
Starting a new season can be exhilarating. With Spring coming soon, and the time changing again – you have the opportunity to find ways to replace everyday items with more healthy and sustainable options. If you’re ready to Spring clean your life and head into Summer with a healthy outlook, we’ve got the tips for you.
Once a year, people around the globe delight in Irish culture to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Along with this holiday come wonderful treats, beer, parties, and of course, green. Since we pride ourselves on knowing a thing or two about green at SweetLeaf®, we wanted to give you our best tips and tricks for sugar swaps this St. Patty’s Day.
In the past, some of the SweetLeaf® blogs have looked at the litany of illnesses to which sugar is a major contributor. For those unfamiliar with the ever-lengthening list of sugar-related illnesses, here are four major issues that sugar can trigger:
In 1991, in response to the troubling rise of diabetes across the globe, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) designated November 14 as World Diabetes Day. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/61/225, also designating November 14 as World Diabetes Day. Because diabetes awareness is so important, the entire month of November soon became designated as National Diabetes Month.
Books and movies have given us some classic villains. We love to see villains either find redemption or get justice in the end. Popular villains change over time; from Lord Voldemort, Agent Smith, the Joker, Darth Vader, and the Wicked Witch of the West to Richard III and Lady Macbeth.
The foods we eat have also had a long and changing list of villains over time. Coffee, eggs, butter, nuts, meat, salt, chocolate—all have spent time on lists of demonized foods, but nearly all have found some degree of redemption and aren’t nearly as detrimental to good health as once thought.
You say you’re trying to watch your intake of sugar. You’re not trying to lose weight, although that’s always nice, but you mainly want to be healthier. You’ve cut out candy and desserts, and you’re reading labels and you’re hoping your diet is now fairly free from sugar, right? Well, considering how much sugar Americans consume, and the myriad places it’s hidden, avoiding sugar may not be as easy as it seems.
When you hear the word “alias” it’s likely you think of criminals who commonly use a name other than their own to either avoid the law or because it just sounds more descriptive, threatening, or just plain catchy. For example, “Babyface” Nelson’s real name was Lester Gillis. “Machine Gun” Kelly’s real name was George Celino Barnes. Sometimes, a whole string of aliases is used for the same person. For example, Henry McCarty used the aliases William Bonney, Henry Antrim, William McCarty, Kid Antrim, and finally, the one that really stuck, Billy the Kid.
Do you remember the food pyramid? It looked like this:
The precursor to the food pyramid was created in the mid-1970s by the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Need, led by Senator George McGovern. The McGovern Report, entitled “Dietary Goals of the United States,” was a totally fabricated document. At the time, there was a low-fat guru named Nathan Pritikin, and McGovern totally bought into Pritikin’s ideas. Knowing he wanted the report to show the benefits of a low-fat diet, McGovern assigned a young vegetarian senate staffer with no background in science or nutrition to write the report.
Health-conscious Americans have turned to ketogenic (keto) diets to lose weight and live healthier lives. There are several variations on the keto diet, each allowing various amounts of carbohydrates, but for this discussion, we’ll be referring to the basic ketogenic diet of 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs/sugars.