Author: Karen Bentley

INFLAMMATION and the link to sugar, polyunsaturated oil and trans fats

Inflammation is essential for the healing and repair of bodily injuries and diseases. Unfortunately, like everything else in human life, too much inflammation over a too long period of time is, well, too much. Low-grade chronic inflammation predisposes you to

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The Wheat Problem

Refined wheat is problematic for three reasons: 1. It’s a highly processed, high glycemic index-type food that promotes excess insulin production which blocks weight loss. 2. It stimulates hunger, appetite and cravings that exacerbate food regulation problems such as binge

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Sugar, Syrups, Molasses and Sugar Alcohols: What’s the difference?

The Sugar Free Institute uses the word “sugar” as a catch-all term to include all types of caloric sweeteners that are added to foods by individuals or by food manfacturers. Sugars that occur naturally in fruits, vegetables and dairy products

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Honey is a caloric sweetener

Honey has a reputation as a health food. It’s fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free. It has trace amounts of vitamins, trace amounts of phytochemicals and small amounts of minerals (11 mg potassium and small amounts of calcium, fluoride and phosphorus). One

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Definition of “Natural”: FDA Request for Citizen Input

From a nutritional, health and food science perspective, the word “natural” is only vaguely and loosely defined by the FDA, which makes the basic and long-standing rule that nothing artificial or synthetic has been added to the food. This current

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Splenda: One-thumb up product review

In my work as a sugar-free expert, I routinely taste, review and recommend a wide variety of sugar-free products. The no-calorie sweetener called Splenda (generic name is sucralose) gets a no apology one-thumb up review from me. I personally use

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AminoSweet Is The New Name For Aspartame, But It’s Still the Only Artificial Sweetener You MUST Avoid

Aspartame is a man-made substance that’s 200 times sweeter than sugar. Unlike sugar, however, Aspartame has almost no calories. This, of course, is why it’s used by food manufacturers and by individuals as a substitute for sugar and other caloric

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10 Foods with Hidden Sugar

The World Health Organization recently established a guideline for limits on daily sugar consumption, and here it is. No more than 6 teaspoons (or 25 grams) of sugar per day max! (FYI, this amount is still double the 3 teaspoon

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ASPARTAME: A dangerous excitotoxin that harms your brain

Aspartame, also known by the brand names NutraSweet and Equal, is a common and popular artificial sweetener. It’s also a powerful excitotoxin. Excitotoxins are a class of chemical substances that have the harmful potential to excite, exhaust, damage and ultimately

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Dietary Cholesterol Isn’t Bad Anymore!

The U.S. government Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is now saying dietary cholesterol (the kind you eat) “is no longer a nutrient of concern.” Jeez, it only took about 60 years to undo the bad science and give out the correct

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