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SUGAR
& Related Sweeteners

(Saccharum Officinarum, et al)


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  • Sugar & Related Sweeteners Description, Uses, Health Benefits
  • Sugar & Related Sweeteners Dosage Information
  • Sugar & Related Sweeteners Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • Sugar & Related Sweetener Products




  • cane sugar (Saccharum officinarum)


    SUGAR & RELATED SWEETENERS DESCRIPTION


  • Sugar Cane
  • Sugar Beet
  • Brown Sugar
  • Stevia Leaf Sweetener
  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Sucanat
  • Xylitol





  • cut sugar cane


    SUGARCANE DESCRIPTION

    Cane Sugar (Saccharum officinarum) is also known as Sugarcane. It is any of several species of tall perennial true grasses of the genus Saccharum and is native to the warm temperate to tropical regions of South Asia, and used for sugar production.

    Even though it is thought that Sugarcane has been cultivated in India since 800 B.C., it did not become popular in Europe until the Renaissance period. When Sugarcane was first used in ancient Greece and Rome, it was regarded mainly as a medicine, but it was used in food by the very rich. After Columbus discovery of America, it eventually made its way to the States; however, it was found to grow best in tropical areas such as Florida and Hawaii. This brown sugar contains calcium, iron, and vitamins, and is more nutritious than white sugar. Sugarcane has antiseptic, bactericide, cardio-tonic, diuretic, and laxative properties, and policosanol, a component of sugar cane extract.

    cane sugar stalks


    Sugarcane have stout jointed fibrous stalks that are rich in sugar, and measure two to six meters (6 to 19 feet) tall. All sugar cane species interbreed and the major commercial cultivars are complex hybrids. Sugarcane belongs to the grass family (Poaceae), an economically important seed plant family that includes maize, wheat, rice, and sorghum and many forage crops. The main product of sugarcane is sucrose, which accumulates in the stalk internodes. Sucrose, extracted and purified in specialized mill factories, is used as raw material in human food industries or is fermented to produce ethanol. Ethanol is produced on a large scale by the Brazilian sugarcane industry.

    cane sugar field


    Sugarcane cultivation requires a tropical or temperate climate, with a minimum of 24 inches of annual moisture. Sugarcane is a C4plant, able to convert up to one percent of incident solar energy into biomass. In prime growing regions, such as Mauritius, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Australia, Ecuador, Cuba, the Philippines, El Salvador and Hawaii, sugarcan crops can produce over 15 kilograms (about 33 pounds) of cane per square meter of sunshine. Once a major crop of the southeastern region of the United States, sugarcane cultivation has declined there in recent decades, and now is primarily confined to Florida and Louisiana. Dense sugarcane thickets, which were numerous, were referred to as canebrakes. The venomous pit vipers which favor this habitat derive their name, canebrake rattlesnake, from those thickets.

    Sugarcane is the world's largest crop by production quantity. In 2012, the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates it was cultivated on about 26.0 million hectares, in more than 90 countries, with a worldwide harvest of 1.83 billion tons. Brazil was the largest producer of sugar cane in the world. The next five major producers, in decreasing amounts of production, were India, China, Thailand, Pakistan and Mexico.

    The world demand for sugar is the primary driver of sugarcane agriculture. Cane accounts for 80-percent of sugar produced; most of the rest is made from sugar beets. Sugarcane predominantly grows in the tropical and subtropical regions, and sugar beet predominantly grows in colder temperate regions of the world. Other than sugar, products derived from sugarcane include falernum, molasses, rum, cachaça (a traditional spirit from Brazil), bagasse and ethanol. In some regions, people use sugarcane reeds to make pens, mats, screens, and thatch. The young unexpanded inflorescence of tebu telor is eaten raw, steamed or toasted, and prepared in various ways in certain island communities of Indonesia.

    In India, between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the Persians, followed by the Greeks, discovered the famous "reeds that produce honey without bees". They adopted and then spread sugar and sugarcane agriculture. A few merchants began to trade in sugar, considered as a luxury and an expensive spice until the 18th century. Before the 18th century, cultivation of sugar cane was largely confined to India. Sugarcane plantations, like cotton farms, were a major driver of large human migrations in the 19th and early 20th century, influencing the ethnic mix, political conflicts and cultural evolution of various Caribbean, South American, Indian Ocean and Pacific island nations.

    SUGARCANE HEALTH BENEFITS

    Sugarcane dissolves slowly in the mouth and is most known for its ability to soothe sore throats and coughs, and is used widely in many throat lozenges, sprays, candies, etc. It is also used for hiccups, diarrhea, bedsores, dysentery, and laryngitis. In India, Sugarcane is used for the treatment of tumors. Recent scientific studies have shown that Octacosanol, the primary component policosanol, is effective in reducing the LDL cholesterol (bad) and increasing HDL cholesterol (good), and increasing endurance and oxygen utilization. Sugarcane is also used in making syrup, molasses, wax, and rum, and is used as a meat and fruit preservative.

    raw cane sugar


    SUGARCANE FOOD USES

    In most countries where sugarcane is cultivated, there are several foods and popular dishes derived directly from it, such as:

  • Raw Sugarcane: Chewed to extract the juice.
  • Sayur Nganten: An Indonesian soup made with the stem of trubuk (Saccharum edule), a type of sugarcane.
  • Sugarcane Juice: a combination of fresh juice, extracted by hand or small mills, with a touch of lemon and ice to make a popular drink, known variously as usacha rass, guarab, guarapa, guarapo, papelon, aseer asab, ganna sharbat, mosto, caldo de cana.


  • freshly squeezed sugarcane juice

    SUGARCANE JUICE
    Nutritional value per 28.35 grams
    Energy
    111.13 kJ (26.56 kcal)
    Carbohydrates
    27.51 g
    Sugars
    26.98 g
    Protein
    0.27 g
    Trace Metals
    Calcium
    11.23 mg (1%)
    Iron
    0.37 mg (3%)
    Potassium
    41.96 mg (1%)
    Sodium
    17.01 mg (1%)

    Nutrient Information from ESHA Research. Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults. Source: USDA Nutrient Database.

    Units
  • µg = micrograms
  • mg = milligrams
  • IU = International Units


  • VARIOUS SUGAR PRODUCTS

  • Syrup: A traditional sweetener in soft drinks, now largely supplanted in the US by high fructose corn syrup, which is less expensive because of corn subsidies and sugar tariffs.
  • Molasses: Used as a sweetener and a syrup accompanying other foods, such as cheese or cookies.
  • Jaggery: A solidified molasses, known as gur or gud or gul in India, is traditionally produced by evaporating juice to make a thick sludge, and then cooling and molding it in buckets. Modern production partially freeze dries the juice to reduce caramelization and lighten its color. It is used as sweetener in cooking traditional entrees, sweets and desserts.
  • Falernum: A sweet, and lightly alcoholic drink made from sugarcane juice.
  • Cachaca: The most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil; a liquor made of the distillation of sugarcane juice.
  • Rum: Is a liquor made from sugarcane products, typically molasses but sometimes also cane juice. It is most commonly produced in the Caribbean and environs.
  • Basi: Is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane juice produced in the Philippines and Guyana.
  • Panela: Solid pieces of sucrose and fructose obtained from the boiling and evaporation of sugarcane juice; a food staple in Colombia and other countries in South and Central America.
  • Rapadura: A sweet flour that is one of the simplest refinings of sugarcane juice, common in Latin American countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela (where it is known as papelon) and the Caribbean.
  • Rock Candy: Crystallized cane juice.
  • Gateau de Sirop: Is a syrup cake in Cajun cuisine. It is made with cane syrup.
  • Sarkara: Is made by simply evaporating the water from the cane juice and then granulating the remaining cane crystals.
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Cane Sugar Herbal Information





    sugar beets


    SUGAR BEETS DESCRIPTION

    The sugar beet is a light-colored or white pointed beet grown as a source of sugar. The beets are dug up by machine and the leafy tops are removed. At the factory, the root is washed and sliced. Soaking in hot water removes the sugar from the beet slices. Impurities are removed by treating the solution with lime and carbon dioxide. The product is bleached, purified, and evaporated to produce crystalline sugar that is identical in chemical formula to cane sugar. About one pound (.45 kg) of sugar is obtained from eight pounds (3.6 kg) of beets.

    The pulp that remains after removal of the sugar is high in food value. It is excellent feed for dairy cattle, steers, and lambs. Other refuse from the sugar beet factory is used for fertilizer.

    The fact that beet sugar is identical to cane sugar was discovered in 1747 by Andreas Marggraf, a German chemist. In the early 1800's, when a British blockade of the European continent cut off much of the supply of sugarcane, Germany and France established factories for processing sugar beets for their sugar. Napoleon encouraged the industry and helped popularize the sugar. In the United States, the first successful beet sugar factory was set up in 1870 near Alvarado, California.

    MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Beets Herbal Information





    brown sugar types - Muscovado (top), darkbrown (left), light brown (right)


    BROWN SUGAR DESCRIPTION

    Brown sugar is a sucrose sugar product with a distinctive brown color due to the presence of molasses. It is either an unrefined or partially refined soft sugar consisting of sugar crystals with some residual molasses content, (natural brown sugar) or it is produced by the addition of sugarcane molasses to refined white sugar crystals (commercial brown sugar) to more carefully control the ratio of molasses to sugar crystals and to reduce manufacturing costs. Brown sugar prepared in this manner is often much coarser than its unrefined equivalent and its molasses may be easily separated from the crystals by simply washing to reveal the underlying white sugar crystals; with unrefined brown, inclusion of molasses within the crystal will appear off-white if washed.

    Commercial brown sugar contains from 3.5% molasses (light brown sugar) to 6.5% molasses (dark brown sugar) based on total volume. Based on total weight, regular commercial brown sugar contains up to 10% molasses. The product is naturally moist from the hygroscopic nature of the molasses and is often labelled as "soft."

    The molasses usually used for food is obtained from sugar cane, because the flavor is generally preferred over beet sugar molasses, although in some areas, especially in Belgium and the Netherlands, sugar beet molasses is used. The white sugar used can be from either beet or cane, as the chemical composition, nutritional value, color, and taste of fully refined white sugar is for practical purposes the same, no matter from what plant it originates. Even with less-than-perfect refining, the small differences in color, odor, and taste of the white sugar will be masked by the molasses.

    NATURAL BROWN SUGAR

    Natural brown sugar, raw sugar or whole cane sugar are sugars that retain a small to large amount of the molasses from the mother liquor (the partially evaporated sugar cane juice). Based upon weight, brown cane sugar when fully refined yields up to 70% white sugar, the degree depending on how much molasses remained in the sugar crystals, which in turn is dependent upon whether the brown sugar was centrifuged or not. As there is more molasses in natural brown sugar, it contains minor nutritional value and mineral content. Some natural brown sugars have particular names and characteristics, and are sold as turbinado, demerara or raw sugar if they have been centrifuged to a large degree. Brown sugars that been only mildly centrifuged or unrefined (non-centrifuged) retain a much higher degree of molasses and are called various names across the globe according to their country of origin: e.g. panela, rapadura, jaggery, muscovado, pilconcillo etc.

    BROWN SUGAR HEALTH BENEFITS

    CULINARY CONSIDERATIONS

    For domestic purposes one can create the exact equivalent of brown sugar by mixing white sugar with molasses. Suitable proportions are about one tablespoon of molasses to each cup of sugar (one-sixteenth of the total volume). Molasses comprises 10% of brown sugar's total weight, which is about one ninth of the white sugar weight. Due to varying qualities and colors of molasses products, for lighter or darker sugar, reduce or increase its proportion according to taste.

    In following a modern recipe that specifies "brown sugar", one usually may assume that the intended meaning is light brown sugar, but which one prefers is largely a matter of taste. Even in recipes such as cakes, where the moisture content might be critical, the amount of water involved is so small that it rarely will make any practical difference. More importantly, adding dark brown sugar or molasses will impart a stronger flavor, with more of a suggestion of caramel. Brown sugar that has hardened can be made soft again by adding a new source of moisture for the molasses, or by heating and remelting the molasses.

    NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF BROWN SUGAR

    Brown sugar has a slightly lower caloric value by mass than white sugar due to the presence of water. One hundred grams of brown sugar contains 373 calories, as opposed to 396 calories in white sugar. However, brown sugar packs more densely than white sugar due to the smaller crystal size and may have more calories when measured by volume. Any minerals present in brown sugar come from the molasses added to the white sugar. Some molasses is a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron; one tablespoon of molasses provides up to 20% of the daily value of each of those nutrients.

    Brown Sugar Nutrients
    Nutritional Value Per 100 Grams (3.5 oz.)Serving: 2 teaspoons (13.67 grams)
    Energy
    1,590 kJ (380 kcal)
    Carbohydrates - Sugars
    97 g
    Fat
    0.00 g
    Protein
    0.12 g
    Water
    1.3 g
    Sucrose
    94.5 g
    Source: USDA Nutrient Database





    stevia


    STEVIA LEAF SWEETENER DESCRIPTION

    Used for over 1,500 years by the native Guarani Indians, Stevia is an herb with an abundance of positive attributes. Stevia leaf contains numerous phytonutrients and trace minerals. It is much sweeter than sugar and does not have negative effects. Stevia sweetener can sweeten any drink without calories and carbohydrates and is diabetic safe. Using Stevia sweetener as part of a regular diet has been reported to minimize hunger sensations and cravings for sweets or fatty foods.

    STEVIA HEALTH BENEFITS

    Stevia nourishes the pancreas, and since there are no calories or carbohydrates, it can be used as a weight loss aid. This sweet herb also aides in digestion, in large doses 250 grams three times daily decreases hypertension without effecting normal blood pressure, stabilizes blood glucose levels, shortens recovery time from colds and the flu, and helps curb the cravings associated with addictions to tobacco and alcohol. When used in toothpaste or mouthwash, Stevia can reduce cavities and gum disease.

    MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Stevia Herbal Information





    maple syrup grades


    MAPLE SYRUP DESCRIPTION


    Maple syrup is one of the more popular natural sweeteners today. Maple syrup is made from the sugary circulating fluid (the sap) of maple trees. It has been consumed for many centuries in North America since the times of the Native Americans. Over 80 percent of the world's supply of Maple syrup is produced in Canada.

    Maple syrup is made in a natural 2-step process: A hole is drilled in the maple tree. Then the sugary circulating fluid leaks out and is collected into a container. The sugary fluid is boiled until most of the water evaporates, leaving a thick sugary syrup, which is then filtered to remove impurities. The resulting products is a light to dark amber colored thick syrup. There are different grades of Maple syrup, depending upon the color. The exact way they are classified can vary between countries. In the United States, Maple syrup is either classified as Grade A or Grade B. Grade A is further classified into 3 groups: Light Amber, Medium Amber and Dark Amber. Grade B is the darkest of them all.

    The main difference between them, is that the darker syrups are made from sap that is extracted later in the harvesting season. The dark syrups have a stronger maple flavor and are usually used for baking or in recipes, while the lighter ones are rather used directly as syrups on pancakes and other uses. If you are going to buy maple syrup, make sure to get actual maple syrup, not just maple-flavored syrup, which can be loaded with refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup with flavoring extract added. As with any other food, make sure to read the label.

    The main thing that sets maple syrup apart from refined sugar, is the fact that it also contains some minerals and antioxidants. 100 grams of maple syrup contains Calcium (7 percent of the RDA), Potassium (6 percent of the RDA), Iron (7 percent of the RDA), Zinc (28 percent of the RDA) and Manganese (165 percent of the RDA). Although maple syrup does contain a decent amount of some minerals, especially manganese and zinc, it also contains a large amount of natural sugar. Maple syrup is about two-thirds sucrose (as in table sugar) and a 100 grams of it therefore supply around 67 grams of sugar. Sugar can be harmful if consumed in excess and it is believed to be among the leading causes of some of the world's largest health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

    If you are going to eat a sugar-based sweetener, replacing refined sugar in recipes with an identical amount of Maple syrup will cut the total sugar content by a third. The glycemic index of Maple syrup seems to be around 54, compared to refined table sugar which has a glycemic index of around 65. This is a good thing and implies that maple syrup raises blood sugar slower than regular sugar.

    Maple syrup contains at least 24 different antioxidants. Oxidative damage is believed to be among the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. It consists of undesirable chemical reactions that involve free radicals, molecules with unstable electrons. Antioxidants are substances that can neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative damage, potentially lowering the risk of some diseases. Several studies have found that Maple syrup is a decent source of antioxidants. One study found 24 different antioxidant substances. The darker syrups (like Grade B) contain more of these beneficial antioxidants than the lighter syrups.

    Numerous potentially beneficial substances have been found in Maple syrup. Some of these compounds are not present in the maple tree, but they form when the sugary fluid is boiled to form the syrup. One of these is a compound called quebecol, named after Quebec, a province in Canada that produces large amounts of maple syrup. The active compounds in maple syrup have been shown to help reduce the growth of cancer cells and may slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract.

    MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Maple Herbal Information





    honeycomb


    HONEY DESCRIPTION

    Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the one most commonly referred to, as it is the type of honey collected by beekeepers and consumed by humans. Honey produced by other bees and insects has distinctly different properties. Honey bees transform nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. They store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive.

    Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, and has approximately the same relative sweetness as that of granulated sugar. It has attractive chemical properties for baking and a distinctive flavor that leads some people to prefer it over sugar and other sweeteners. Most microorganisms do not grow in honey because of its low water activity of 0.6. However, honey sometimes contains dormant endospores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which can be dangerous to infants, as the endospores can transform into toxin-producing bacteria in infants' immature intestinal tracts, leading to illness and even death.

    Honey has a long history in human consumption, and is used in various foods and beverages as a sweetener and flavoring. In ancient times, Honey was used as a wound dressing, and for skin and hair care treatments; however, it is also a wonderful source of energy, and has few calories. Honey is also an excellent carbohydrate source for post-workout muscle recuperation and energy repletion. Honey contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants cleanse the body of the free radicals that contribute to serious illness. Serving for serving, Honey contains the same amount of antioxidants as spinach, and a comparable range to that of apples, bananas, oranges and strawberries. It also has a role in religion and symbolism. Flavors of honey vary based on the nectar source, and various types and grades of honey are available. It is also used in various medicinal traditions to treat ailments. The study of pollens and spores in raw honey (melissopalynology) can determine floral sources of honey. Bees carry an electrostatic charge whereby they attract other particles in addition to pollen, which become incorporated into their honey; the honey can be analysed by the techniques of melissopalynology in area environmental studies of radioactive particles, dust and particulate pollution.

    Honey's natural sugars are dehydrated, which prevents fermentation, with added enzymes to modify and transform their chemical composition and pH. Invertases and digestive acids hydrolyze sucrose to give the monosaccharides glucose and fructose. The invertase is one of these enzymes synthesized by the body of the insect. Honey bees transform saccharides into honey by a process of regurgitation, a number of times, until it is partially digested. The bees do the regurgitation and digestion as a group. After the last regurgitation, the aqueous solution is still high in water, so the process continues by evaporation of much of the water and enzymatic transformation. Honey is produced by bees as a food source. In cold weather or when fresh food sources are scarce, bees use their stored honey as their source of energy.

    MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Honey Supplement Information





    molasses


    MOLASSES DESCRIPTION

    Molasses is produced in two forms: Blackstrap, which has a characteristic strong flavor because of its vitamin and mineral content, and a purer molasses syrup. Blackstrap molasses is sold as a food and dietary supplement. It is also a common ingredient in animal feed, is used to produce ethanol and rum, and in the manufacturing of citric acid. Purer molasses syrups are sold as molasses, and may also be blended with maple syrup, invert sugars, or corn syrup. Both forms of molasses are used in baking. Sweet sorghum syrup may be colloquially called sorghum molasses in the American South.

    The truth behind the phrase "slow as molasses" becomes apparent when you reflect on molasses's thick, viscous, syrupy texture. Featuring a robust bittersweet flavor, blackstrap molasses helps create the distinctive taste of dishes such as baked beans and gingerbread and is available throughout the year. Blackstrap molasses is very dark in color, having a black-brown hue. Blackstrap molasses is just one type of molasses, the dark liquid that is the byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar. It may be made from sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar. The first boiling is called first syrup, and it has the highest sugar content. It is usually referred to in the Southern states of the US as cane syrup, as opposed to molasses. Second molasses is created from the second boiling and sugar extraction, and has a slight bitter taste. Blackstrap molasses is made from the third boiling of the sugar syrup and is therefore the concentrated byproduct left over after the sugar's sucrose has been crystallized.

    Molasses made from sugar beets differ from sugarcane molasses. Only the syrup left from the final crystallization stage is called molasses; intermediate syrups are called high green and low green, and these are recycled within the crystallization plant to maximize extraction. Beet molasses is 50% sugar by dry weight, predominantly sucrose, but contains significant amounts of glucose and fructose. Beet molasses are limited in biotin (vitamin H or B-7) for cell growth; hence, it may be supplemented with a biotin source. The non-sugar content includes many salts, such as calcium, potassium, oxalate, and chloride. It contains betaine and the trisaccharide raffinose. These are as a result of concentration from the original plant material or chemicals in processing, and make it unpalatable to humans. Hence it is mainly used as an additive to animal feed (called molassed sugar beet feed) or as a fermentation feedstock.

    It is possible to extract additional sugar from beet molasses through molasses desugarization. This exploits industrial-scale chromatography to separate sucrose from non-sugar components. The technique is economically viable in trade-protected areas, where the price of sugar is supported above market price. As such, it is practiced in the US. and parts of Europe. Molasses are also used for yeast production.

    Other forms of molasses is produced from carob, grapes, dates, pomegranates, and mulberries. These are used in Middle Eastern cuisine. In Nepal it is called chaku and is used in the preparation of Newari condiments such as yomari.

    The term blackstrap molasses is an Americanism dating from around 1875. The majority of sucrose from the original juice has been crystallized and removed. The food energy of blackstrap molasses is mostly from the small remaining sugar content. However, unlike refined sugars, it contains trace amounts of vitamins and significant amounts of several minerals. Blackstrap molasses has long been sold as a health supplement. Cane molasses is a common ingredient in baking and cooking.

    Molasses has been imported into the United States from the Caribbean Islands since the time of the early colonists. In fact, it was the most popular sweetener used until the late 19th century since it was much more affordable than refined sugar, which was very expensive at that time. In some respects, molasses has had a rather sticky history with at least two important historical events centering around this sweet food product. The first is the Molasses Act of 1733, a tariff passed by England to try to discourage the colonists from trading with areas of the West Indies that were not under British rule. This legislation is thought to be one of the events that catalyzed pre-revolutionary colonial dissent and unrest.

    boston molasses disaster


    It is not often that a fateful tragedy occurs that centers around a food, but unfortunately, in 1919, one such event did occur. The event is referred to as the Great Molasses Flood and occurred when a molasses storage tank holding over two million gallons of molasses broke, and its sticky content came pouring throughout the city streets of Boston, Massachussetts, traveling as fast as 35 miles per hour and creating a thirty foot tidal wave of sweetener. Unfortunately, this was not a sweet matter as twenty-one people died and significant amounts of property was destroyed.

    Blackstrap molasses gained in popularity in the mid-20th century with the advent of the health food movement. Today, the largest producers of molasses are India, Brazil, Taiwan, Thailand, the Phillipines and the United States.

    BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES HEALTH BENEFITS

    Blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that is actually good for you. Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, or artificial sweeteners like saccharine or aspartame, which not only provide no useful nutrients but have been shown to cause health problems in sensitive individuals, blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote your health.

  • Iron For Energy: In addition to providing quickly assimilated carbohydrates, blackstrap molasses can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores. Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of iron. Particularly for menstruating women, who are more at risk for iron deficiency, boosting iron stores with blackstrap molasses is a good idea - especially because, in comparison to red meat, a well known source of iron, blackstrap molasses provides more iron for less calories and is totally fat-free. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism. And, if you are pregnant or lactating, your needs for iron increase. Growing children and adolescents also have increased needs for iron. Just 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will sweetly provide you with 13.3% of the daily recommended value for iron.

  • Calcium: A spoonful of Molasses helps your calcium needs go down. Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of calcium. Calcium, one of the most important minerals in the body, is involved in a variety of physiological activities essential to life, including the ability of the heart and other muscles to contract, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses to and from the brain, regulation of enzyme activity, and cell membrane function. Calcium is needed to form and maintain strong bones and teeth during youth and adolescence, and to help prevent the loss of bone that can occur during menopause and as a result of rheumatoid arthritis. Calcium binds to and removes toxins from the colon, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer, and because it is involved in nerve conduction, may help prevent migraine attacks. Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will meet 11.8% of your daily needs for calcium.


  • Copper: An essential component of many enzymes, copper plays a role in a wide range of physiological processes including iron utilization, elimination of free radicals, development of bone and connective tissue, and the production of the skin and hair pigment called melanin. Numerous health problems can develop when copper intake is inadequate, including iron deficiency anemia, ruptured blood vessels, osteoporosis, joint problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, brain disturbances, elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduced HDL (good) cholesterol levels, irregular heartbeat, and increased susceptibility to infections. Using two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to sweeten your morning cereal and the coffee or tea you drink during the day will supply you with 14.0% of the daily recommended value for copper.

  • Manganese: Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will also provide you with 18.0% of the day's needs for manganese. This trace mineral helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates, and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids that are important for a healthy nervous system and in the production of cholesterol that is used by the body to produce sex hormones. Manganese is also a critical component of an important antioxidant enzyme called Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). Superoxide dismutase is found exclusively inside the body's mitochondria (the oxygen-based energy factories inside most of our cells) where it provides protection against damage from the free radicals produced during energy production.

  • Potassium: Like calcium, potassium plays an important role in muscle contraction and nerve transmission. When potassium is deficient in the diet, activity of both muscles and nerves can become compromised. Potassium is an especially important mineral for atheletes since it is involved in carbohydrate storage for use by muscles as fuel and is also important in maintaining the body's proper electrolyte and acid-base (pH) balance. When potassium levels drop too low, muscles get weak, and athletes tire more easily during exercise, as potassium deficiency causes a decrease in glycogen (the fuel used by exercising muscles) storage. Simply by adding two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to your morning smoothie, you can supply 9.7% of your potassium needs for the day along with a healthy dose of carbohydrates to burn.

  • Magnesium: Calcium's balancing major mineral, magnesium is also necessary for healthy bones and energy production. About two-thirds of the magnesium in the human body is found in our bones. Some helps give bones their physical structure, while the rest is found on the surface of the bone where it is stored for the body to draw upon as needed. Magnesium, by balancing calcium, helps regulate nerve and muscle tone. In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as Nature's own calcium channel blocker, preventing calcium from rushing into the nerve cell and activating the nerve. By blocking calcium's entry, magnesium keeps our nerves (and the blood vessels and muscles they ennervate) relaxed. If our diet provides us with too little magnesium, however, calcium can gain free entry, and the nerve cell can become overactivated, sending too many messages and causing excessive contraction. Insufficient magnesium can thus contribute to high blood pressure, muscle spasms (including spasms of the heart muscle or the spasms of the airways symptomatic of asthma), and migraine headaches, as well as muscle cramps, tension, soreness and fatigue. In two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses, you will receive 7.3% of the daily value for magnesium.


  • MOLASSES NUTRITIONAL PROFILE

    Blackstrap molasses is an excellent source of manganese and copper. It is a very good source of iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. In addition, blackstrap molasses is a good source of vitamin B-6 and selenium.

    Blackstrap Molasses Nutrients
    Serving: 2 teaspoons (13.67 grams)
    Calories; 32.12
    Nutrient
    Amount - %Daily Value (DV)
    Nutrient
    Amount - %Daily Value (DV)
    Manganese
    0.36 mg (18%)
    Copper
    0.28 mg (14%)
    Iron
    2.39 mg (13.3%)
    Calcium
    117.56 mg (11.8%)
    Potassium
    340.66 mg (9.7%)
    Magnesium
    2929.39 mg (7.3%)
    Vitamin B-6
    0.10 mg (5.0%)
    Selenium
    2.43 mcg (3.5%)


    Switching from nutrient-poor sweeteners like white sugar or corn syrup, or from potentially harmful fake sweeteners like aspartame or saccharin to nutrient-dense blackstrap molasses is one simple way that eating healthy can sweeten your life.

    SELECTION & STORAGE

    Look for blackstrap molasses that is unsulphured since not only does it not contain this processing chemical to which some people are sensitive, but it has a cleaner and more clarified taste. Blackstrap molasses made from organic sugar cane is also available in some markets. Molasses should be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator or a cool, dry place. Unopened containers should keep for about one year, while opened containers should keep for about six months.

    QUICK SERVING IDEAS
    • Adding molasses to baked beans will give them that traditionally robust flavor.
    • Molasses imparts a wonderfully distinctive flavor to cookies and gingerbread cakes.
    • Basting chicken or turkey with molasses will give it both a rich color and rich taste.
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Molasses Supplement Information





    sucanat sugar


    SUCANAT DESCRIPTION

    Sucanat was developed over 30 years ago by Dr. Max-Henri Beguin, and eminent Swiss pediatrician and medical researcher, based upon his belief that unrefined foods promote good health, For over a decade, Europeans have been using this unique sweetener.

    Sucanat (a contraction of "Sugar Cane Natural") is non-refined cane sugar. Unlike refined and processed white sugar, Sucanat retains its molasses content; it is essentially pure dried sugar cane juice. The juice is extracted by mechanical processes, heated and cooled at which point the small brown grainy crystals are formed.

    SUCANAT HEALTH BENEFITS

    Sucanat is made by simply evaporating the water from the cane juice and then granulating the remaining cane crystals. The result is a pure, delicious natural sweetener with all the nutrients of the sugar cane. Sucanat is rich in minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium) trace elements (chromium, copper, zinc, and other) and vitamins. Like other whole foods such as brown rice and whole wheat, Sucanat contains up to 3% mineral salts, while brown and turbinado sugars contain only 0.5%. Use Sucanat cup for cup where sugar is required.

    sucanat nutrition


    Sucanat is generally accepted as a substitute for brown sugar. Unlike regular brown sugar, sucanat is grainy instead of crystalline. Of all major sugars derived from sugar cane, Sucanat (not a "processed" sugar) ranks the highest in nutritional value, containing a smaller proportion of sucrose than white cane sugar. However, Sucanat (in common with all sugars) is not a significant source of any nutrient apart from simple carbohydrates.

    Sucanat may be confused with turbinado sugar, however; the two are fundamentally different. Turbinado sugar contains only a trace amount of its original molasses content after most of the molasses has been stripped away, making it similar to refined sugar except with a golden color and a hint of molasses flavor. Sucanat, on the other hand, retains its full molasses content and flavor, thus making it, as stated above, pure dried cane juice. Its grainy form also contrasts with the clear, crystalline form of turbinado.

    Sucanat is a registered trademark of Ragus Holdings, Inc.




    xylitol sweetener


    XYLITOL SWEETENER DESCRIPTION

    People have looked towards alternative sweeteners, preferably natural ones to replace the unhealthy added sugar in the modern diet. Xylitol is one of those sweeteners. Xylitol looks and tastes like sugar, but has fewer calories and does not raise blood sugar levels. Several studies suggest that it can improve dental health and have various other important benefits.

    Xylitol is a substance that is categorized as a sugar alcohol (or polyalcohol). Sugar alcohols are like hybrids of a sugar molecule and alcohol molecule. Their structure gives them the ability to stimulate the sweet taste receptors on the tongue. Xylitol is found in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables and is therefore considered natural. Humans even produce small amounts of it via normal metabolism. It is a common ingredient in sugar free chewing gums, candies, mints, diabetes friendly foods and oral care products. Xylitol has a similar sweetness as regular sugar, but contains 40-percent fewer calories:
    • Table Sugar: 4 calories per gram.
    • Xylitol: 2.4 calories per gram.

    Xylitol looks like granulated sugar, basically white, crystalline powder. Xylitol is a refined sweetener that does not any vitamins, minerals or protein. It is considered "empty" calories. Xylitol can be processed from trees like Birch, but it can also be made with an industrial process that transforms a plant fiber called xylan into xylitol.

    Even though sugar alcohols are technically carbohydrates, most of them do not raise blood sugar levels and therefore do not count as "net" carbs, making them popular sweeteners in low-carb products. Xylitol has a very low glycemic index and does not spke blood sugar or insulin, making it a good substitute for diabetics. The sugar alcohol has nothing to do with ethanol that people drink. Sugar alcohols are safe for alcoholics. Bottom Line: Xylitol is a type of sweetener called a sugar alcohol and is found in some plants. It looks and tastes like sugar, but has 40% fewer calories.

    BLOOD SUGAR & INSULIN RESISTANCE

    One of the negative effects of added sugar (and high fructose corn syrup), is that it can spike blood sugar and insulin levels. Due to the high amount of fructose, it can also lead to insulin resistance and all sorts of metabolic problems when consumed in excess. Xylitol contains zero fructose and has negligible effects on blood sugar and insulin levels, therefore, none of the harmful effects of sugar apply to xylitol.

    The glycemic index (a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar) is only 7, compared to regular sugar, which has a glycemic index of 60 to 70. It can also be considered a weight loss friendly sweetener, since it contains 40-percent fewer calories than sugar. For people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity or other metabolic problems, xylitol is an excellent alternative to sugar. Although this has yet to be studied in humans, rat studies have shown impressive benefits for betabolic health. Xylitol can improve symptoms of diabetes, reduce belly fat and even prevent weight gain on a fattening diet.

    DENTAL HEALTH

    Xylitol starves the bad bacteria in the mouth and has major benefits for dental health. Many dentists recommend using xylitol-sweetened chewing gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash. This is because numerous studies show that xylitol has powerful benefits for dental health and prevention of tooth decay. One of the leading risk factors for tooth decay is a type of oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. This is the bacteria mostly responsible for plaque. Although having some plaque on the teeth is normal, when it goes out of hand the immune system starts attacking the bacteria in it. This can lead to inflammatory gum diseases like gingivitis. These oral bacteria feed on glucose from food, but they can not use xylitol. Replacing sugar with xylitol therefore reduces the available fuel for the harmful bacteria. Even though the bad bacteria can not use xylitol for fuel, they still ingest it. When the bacteria are full of xylitol, they are unable to take up glucose, so essentially their energy producing pathway is blocked or clogged and they end up dying, literally, from starvation. In one study, using xylitol-sweetened chewing gum reduced levels of the bad bacteria by 27 to 75-percent, while it had no effect on the friendly bacteria.

    Xylitol also has other dental benefits. Xylitol increases absorption of Calcium in the digestive system, which is good for your teeth and may also protect against osteoporosis. It increases production of saliva. Saliva contains calcium and phosphate, which get picked up by the teeth and aid in remineralization. It reduces the acidity of saliva, which helps to fight acid-driven degradation of tooth enamel. Numerous studies show that Xylitol, either by replacing sugar or adding it on top of the diet, can reduce cavities and tooth decay by as much as 30 to 85-percent.

    Because inflammation is at the root of many chronic diseases, it makes sense that reducing plaque and gum inflammation could have benefits for the rest of your body as well.

    EAR INFECTIONS & CANDIDA ALBICANS (YEAST)

    Xylitol sweetened gum can reduce ear infections in children The mouth, nose and ears are all interconnected. For this reason, bacteria that live in the mouth can end up causing ear infections, a common problem in children. It turns out that Xylitol can starve some of these bacteria, in the same way as it starves the plaque producing bacteria. In one study in children with recurring ear infections, daily usage of xylitol-sweetened chewing gum reduced the rate of infection by 40-percent.

    Xylitol sweetened gum also helps fight the yeast Candida albicans, reducing its ability to stick to a surface and cause infection.

    OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS OF XYLITOL
  • Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and found in large amounts in skin and connective tissues. There are some studies in rats showing that xylitol can increase the production of collagen, which may help to counteract the effects of ageing on the skin.

  • Xylitol may also be protective against osteoporosis, leading to increased bone volume and bone mineral content in rats.

  • Although xylitol can kill the bad bacteria in the mouth, it appears to have prebiotic effects, feeding the friendly bacteria in the gut, which is a good thing. In this regard, it functions kind of like soluble fiber.

  • CANINE TOXICITY

    In humans, xylitol is absorbed slowly and has no measurable effect on insulin production. Unfortunately, the same can not be said about dogs. Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs. When dogs eat xylitol, their bodies mistakenly think that they have ingested glucose and start producing large amounts of insulin. When this happen, the dog's cells start taking up glucose from the bloodstream. This can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) and can be fatal to dogs. Xylitol may also have detrimental effects on liver function in dogs, with high doses causing liver failure.

    Keep in mind that it only takes about 0.1 g/kg for a dog to be affected, so a 3 kg (6 to 7 lbs) Chihuahua will get sick from eating only 0.3 grams of xylitol. This is less than the amount contained in a single piece of chewing gum. So if you own a dog, then keep xylitol out of reach (or out of your house altogether). If you believe your dog accidentally ate xylitol, take it to the vet immediately.

    XYLITOL SIDE EFFECTS, DOSAGE & SAFETY

    Xylitol is generally well tolerated, but some people do get digestive side effects when they consume too much. The sugar alcohols can pull water into the intestine or get fermented by gut bacteria. This can lead to gas, bloating and diarrhea. If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or an intolerance to FODMAPs, then be extra careful with sugar alcohols and consider avoiding them altogether.

    However, for most individuals, the body seems to adjust very well to xylitol. If you increase your intake slowly and give your body time to adjust, then chances are that you will not experience any negative effects. If you are not sure that you can tolerate sugar alcohols, then consider staying near a toilet the first time you eat a significant amount. However, long-term consumption of xylitol does appear to be completely safe. In one study, subjects consumed an average of 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg) of xylitol per month, with a maximum daily intake of over 400 grams without any negative effects.

    People use sugar alcohols to sweeten all sorts of things… coffees, teas and various recipes. You can replace sugar with xylitol in a 1:1 ratio. If you want to buy Xylitol, then there is a great selection from HerbsPro and Amazon.

    MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Sugars & Sweetener Supplement Information





    raw light cane sugar


    SUGAR & RELATED SWEETENERS DOSAGE INFORMATION

    SUGARCANE

    Cane Sugar can be found in various forms and in numerous products. For best results, read and follow product label directions.

    fresh sugarcane juice


    FRESH SUGAR CANE JUICE

    The health benefits of cane juice are it contains riboflavin, which is a B vitamin. It helps to increase energy levels, maintain a robust immune system, and helps to maintain healthy shiny hair and skin. Cane juice is good for people with diabetes in moderate amounts. Certain studies have shown that it helps to maintain blood sugar levels. Cane juice is alkaline. It helps to maintain pH levels in the body and is useful for people with liver trouble. Cane juice is rich in carbohydrates; therefore, it helps as an instant energy fix. It has a low glycemic index, which is good for health. It helps to keep sore throats and flu at bay. It is a healthy, delicious substitute to fizzy drinks. Cane juice helps with quick healing for those with jaundice. It helps to refresh the body instantly and is an excellent cool drink during the summer especially in India where it originates.

    Skin: Cane juice is great for the skin. It contains riboflavin that is important for keeping our skin fresh and young. Homemade face packs, made from cane juice and turmeric, are herbal remedies used to battle acne. Cane juice also contains glycolic acid, which is known for its exfoliating properties. Candida is a yeast infection that can cause a lot of discomfort as 'bad' types of yeast proliferate in the body. Unfortunately, this condition can be removed with a strict diet that includes no sugar, no alcohol, and yeast products. This diet is extremely difficult to adhere to and may require some getting used to. Cane sugar and even cane juice is also to be avoided; however, it is a safest bet when one feels like indulging. Nevertheless, it is best to consult your health care provider before going ahead with it.

    During Pregnancy: It is very important for an expecting mother to stay healthy during pregnancy because she supports two lives. The baby's health depends on the mother's lifestyle, so in a sense the nine months are very crucial in terms of diet. In general, pregnant woman are advised to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and other foods that are considered unhealthy. Lots of fruit and vegetables, especially those rich in folic acid, are great for both the mother and the unborn child. Sugar that is devoid of any nutrition such as processed white sugar and its variants are usually the ones to avoid. This becomes supremely important if the mother has gestational diabetes. Having cane juice during pregnancy is a good option as it contains nutrients and is therefore better than refined sugar. As always, it is best to consult your health care provider or midwife for an opinion.

    Nutrition From Cane Juice: Cane juice is a healthier version of the processed white sugar that we are used to. It is juice from a sugarcane plant, which has undergone minimal processing. The nutrition facts of cane juice indicate that it is rich in carbohydrates, potassium, and riboflavin. It also contains antioxidants that help the body to fight against free radicals. Cane juice contains riboflavin, a B vitamin. This vitamin helps to maintain healthy metabolism in the body. It contains carbohydrates. This is an excellent source of energy and vitality when consumed in moderate amounts. Potassium is another nutrient found in cane juice. It helps to maintain a healthy body by strengthening the heart, muscles, and nerves. Potassium can also help to combat against high blood pressure.

    DIETARY SUGAR GUIDELINES

    Sugar is on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) list of safe foods. It contains 16 calories per teaspoon and can be used in moderation. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars in your diet. The recommendation extends to all types of added sugars.

  • Women should get no more than 100 calories per day from sugar (about 6 teaspoons of sugar).
  • Men should get no more than 150 calories per day from sugar (about 9 teaspoons of sugar).

    The Dietary Guidelines for Americans also recommends limiting added sugars. Some ways to reduce your intake of added sugars include:

  • Drink water instead of regular soda, "vitamin-type" water, sports drinks, coffee drinks, and energy drinks.
  • Eat less candy and sweet desserts such as ice cream, cookies, and cakes.


  • The American Diabetes Association nutrition guidelines state that you do not need to avoid all sugar and foods with sugar if you have diabetes. You can eat limited amounts of these foods in place of other carbohydrates. If you have diabetes, sugars affect blood glucose control the same as other carbohydrates when eaten at meals or snacks. It is still a good idea to limit foods and drinks with sugar, and to check your blood sugar levels carefully. Foods that contain sugar alcohols may have fewer calories, but be sure to read the labels for the carbohydrate content of these foods. Also, check your blood sugar levels.



    FOOD SWEETENERS

    Some sweeteners are made by processing sugar compounds. Others occur naturally.

    Sucrose (Table Sugar): Sucrose is made from a low-sugar beet juice or sugar cane. It is made up of about half glucose and half fructose. Sucrose includes raw sugar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, and turbinado sugar.
    • Raw sugar is granulated, solid, or coarse. It is brown in color. Raw sugar is the solid part left when the liquid from the juice of the sugar cane evaporates.
    • Brown sugar is made from sugar crystals that come from molasses syrup.
    • Confectioner's sugar (also known as powdered sugar) is finely ground sucrose.
    • Turbinado sugar is unrefined sugar made from sugar cane juice.

    Other Commonly Used Sugars:
    • Fructose (fruit sugar) is the naturally occurring sugar in all fruits. It is also called levulose, or fruit sugar.
    • Honey is a combination of fructose, glucose, and water. It is produced by bees.
    • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and corn syrup are made from corn. Sugar and HFCS have almost the same level of sweetness. HFCS is often used in soft drinks, baked goods, and some canned products. There is a lot of scientific debate about the role of HFCS increasing risk of type 2 diabetes as well as contributing to escalating rates of obesity.

    Sugar Alcohols:
      Sugar alcohols include Mannitol, Sorbitol, and Xylitol. These sweeteners are used as an ingredient in many food products that are labeled "sugar-free", "diabetic", or "low carb". These sweeteners are absorbed by the body at a much slower rate than sugar. They also have about half the calories of sugar. They should not be confused with sugar substitutes that are calorie free. Sugar alcohol cause stomach cramps and diarrhea in some people.

      Erythritol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in fruit and fermented foods. It is 60 to 70% as sweet as table sugar, but has fewer calories. Also, it does not result in as much of a rise in blood sugar after meals or cause tooth decay. Unlike other sugar alcohols, it does not cause stomach upset.

    Other Types of Natural Sugars:
    • Dextrose is glucose combined with water.
    • Invert sugar is used in a liquid form to help keep candies and baked items sweet.
    • Agave nectar is a highly processed type of sugar from the Agave tequiliana (tequila) plant. Agave nectar is about 1.5 times sweeter than regular sugar. It has about 60 calories per tablespoon, compared to 40 calories for the same amount of table sugar. Agave nectar is not healthier than honey, sugar, HFCS, or any other type of sweetener.
    • Glucose is found in fruits in small amounts. It is also a syrup made from corn starch.
    • Lactose (milk sugar) is the carbohydrate that is in milk. It is made up of glucose and galactose.
    • Maltose (malt sugar) is produced during fermentation. It is found in beer and breads.
    • Maple sugar comes from the sap of maple trees. It is made up of sucrose, fructose, and glucose.
    • Molasses is taken from the residue of sugar cane processing.


    STEVIA LEAF SWEETENER

    Stevia Dosage Information: Read product label directions for recommended dosages. Stevia is one of a family of plants that are native to South America and have been used for centuries to sweeten drinks and foods. Stevia leaves are said to be from 30 to 300 times sweeter than sugar * though the amount of sweetness varies from leaf to leaf and plant to plant. It is touted as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners.




    SUGAR & RELATED SWEETENERS SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION

    SUGARCANE & REFINED SUGAR

    There are no known safety issues and interactions associated with Sugarcane and refined sugar products. Blackstrap molasses is not a commonly allergenic food and is not known to contain measurable amounts of oxalates or purines.

    However, refined sugar provides calories and no other nutrients. Sugar and other sweeteners with calories can lead to tooth decay. Large amounts of sugar-containing foods lead to obesity in children and adults. Obese people are at much higher risk for type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and high blood pressure. Sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol may cause stomach cramps and diarrhea when eaten in large amounts.

    One of the biggest side effects of cane juice is that it contains a fair amount of calories. Drinking too much of it can lead to weight gain. It is therefore best to drink it in moderate amounts. Cane juice is susceptible to bacteria and can spoil easily. It is important to be sure of the hygienic standards of the place where it is made. In addition, cane juice can also cause dental problems such as cavities. Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after having cane juice.


    STEVIA LEAF

    There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Stevia when taken in the recommended doses. To date, chemical analysis and studies show that the leaf adds no calories, has no harmful side effects and is more palatable with less aftertaste than any artificial, chemical sweetener to date. Stevia has been in wide use in South America for centuries, and in Japan since the government banned the use of artificial sweeteners. To date, no harmful side effects have come to light, making stevia one of the most promising sugar alternatives available. Stevoside, made from stevia, is approved as a food additive in Korea, and is widely available throughout China, Taiwan and Malaysia. In China, tea made from stevia leaves are touted as anti-aging and weight reduction aids. Stevia Sweetener an all natural, no calories, no carbs, no bitter aftertaste, with endless uses sweetener.




    SUGAR & RELATED SWEETENERS PRODUCTS

  • Sugars, Sweeteners, Raw & Natural Sugars & Sugar Substitute Products
  • Cane Sugar Products
  • Honey & Manuka Honey Products
  • Maple Syrup Products
  • Molasses, Blackstrap Molasses Products
  • Stevia Leaf Herbal Sugar Substitute Products
  • Sugar Substitutes - Naturally Sweet & Other Products
  • Xylitol Sweetener Products


  • QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS



    SUGARS, SWEETENERS, RAW & NATURAL SUGAR & SUGAR SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS

    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Cane Sugar, Granulated, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Honey Granules, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Honey Powder, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Light Brown Sugar, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Maple Syrup Granules, Organic, 100% Pure Dehydrated, 1 lb.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Coconut Palm Sugar Crystals, FunFresh Foods, 8.4 oz. (90660)
    Handcrafted, unrefined Palm Sugar has a low glycemic index of 35. As a substitute for brown or white sugar, its smoky caramel flavor will enhance any food.
    HerbsPro: Sugar Leaf Raw Cane Sugar, 100% Natural, Low Calorie, Wisdom Herbs, 16 oz. (95042)
    HerbsPro: Coconut Sugar, Nutiva Organic, 16 oz. (112535)
    HerbsPro: Maple Syrup, Organic, Now Foods, 16 oz. (86053)
    HerbsPro: Date Sugar, Now Foods, 1 lb. (86045)
    Pleasant tasting Date Sugar is derived from dates and can be used as a natural sweetener in place of refined sugar. Add to baked goods, breakfast cereals, toast or beverages. Date sugar is obtained from powdered dried dates.
    HerbsPro: Lactose Milk Sugar, Now Foods, 1 lb. (86050)
    Now Foods Lactose, or milk sugar, is derived from whey. Like whey, lactose milk sugar is useful in assisting in the growth of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus in the GI tract. Lactose is about 20 percent as sweet as sugar and is a great milk additive for children. Do not use if lactose intolerant.
    HerbsPro: Fructose Fruit Sugar, 100% Pure Crystalline, Now Foods, 24 oz. (86048)
    Fructose is commonly called fruit sugar because it is the main sugar in many fruits. However, fructose is now produced from corn syrup, which is derived from corn. Fructose is almost 50 percent sweeter than sucrose and requires about 2/3 the amount to get the same sweetness. Fructose provides nearly 33 percent fewer calories per serving.
    HerbsPro: Maple Syrup, Organic Grade A, Now Foods, 32 oz. (86052)
    HerbsPro: Maple Syrup, Organic Grade B, Now Foods, 32 oz. (86051)
    HerbsPro: Turbinado Sugar, Organic, Now Foods, 2.5 lbs. (86057)
    Turbinado Sugar is a partially refined sugar in which about 2/3 of the original molasses content has been removed. Use in place of white sugar in cereals and baked goods. In case Turbinado Sugar hardens, crush on a hard surface and use as normal. Depending on humidity and moisture levels, it is normal for Turbinado Sugar to harden over time.
    HerbsPro: Beet Sugar, Now Foods, 3 lbs. (86044)
    Beet Sugar is derived from the refining of sugar beets. It contains 99.9% pure sucrose and is a suitable substitute for cane sugar in all recipes. Some people who are allergic to table sugar may be able to use beet sugar. Use the same amount as cane sugar in recipes.
    HerbsPro: Fructose Fruit Sugar, 100% Pure Crystalline, Now Foods, 3 lbs. (86049)
    Fructose is commonly called fruit sugar because it is the main sugar in many fruits. However, fructose is now produced from corn syrup, which is derived from corn. Fructose is almost 50 percent sweeter than sucrose and requires about 2/3 the amount to get the same sweetness. Fructose provides nearly 33 percent fewer calories per serving.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Maple Syrup Granules, Pure Maple Syrup, Certified Organic, Frontier, 1 lb: K
    Pure Maple Syrup. Use like sugar in recipes, blends and drinks for a unique taste treat!
    Kalyx: Honey Granules, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Xylosweet, Xlear, 1 lb: GR
    Xylosweet is made from Xylitol, which is a naturally occurring substance found in many fruits and vegetables. Xylosweet has zero carbohydrates and is great for use in many baking and cooking recipes and one of the sweetest sugar substitutes available. This sweetener may help reduce tooth decay and is FDA approved. Each case consists of one pound.
    Kalyx: Sucanat Molasses Sugar, Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Frontier, 1 lb: K
    Sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural) is made by simply evaporating the water from the cane juice and then granulating the remaining cane crystals. The result is a pure, delicious natural sweetener with all the nutrients of the sugar cane. Sucanat is rich in minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium) trace elements (chromium, copper, zinc, and other) and vitamins. Like other whole foods such as brown rice and whole wheat, Sucanat contains up to 3 percent mineral salts, while brown and turbinado sugars contain only 0.5 percent. Use Sucanat cup for cup where sugar is required. Sucanat was developed over 30 years ago by Dr. Max-Henri Beguin, and eminent Swiss pediatrician and medical researcher, based upon his belief that unrefined foods promote good health, For over a decade, Europeans have been using this unique sweetener. Sucanat (a contraction of "Sugar Cane Natural") is non-refined cane sugar. Unlike refined and processed white sugar, Sucanat retains its molasses content; it is essentially pure dried sugar cane juice. The juice is extracted by mechanical processes, heated and cooled at which point the small brown grainy crystals are formed. Sucanat is generally accepted as a substitute for brown sugar. Unlike regular brown sugar, sucanat is grainy instead of crystalline. Of all major sugars derived from sugar cane, Sucanat (not a processed sugar) ranks the highest in nutritional value, containing a smaller proportion of sucrose than white cane sugar. However, Sucanat (in common with all sugars) is not a significant source of any nutrient apart from simple carbohydrates. Sucanat may be confused with turbinado sugar, however; the two are fundamentally different. Turbinado sugar contains only a trace amount of its original molasses content, making it similar to refined sugar except with a golden color and a hint of molasses flavor. Sucanat, on the other hand, retains its full molasses content and flavor, thus making it, as stated above, pure dried cane juice. Its grainy form also contrasts with the clear, crystalline form of turbinado.
    Kalyx: Xylosweet, Xlear, 3 lb: GR
    Xylosweet is made from Xylitol, which is a naturally occurring substance found in many fruits and vegetables. Xylosweet has zero carbohydrates and is great for use in many baking and cooking recipes and one of the sweetest sugar substitutes available. This sweetener may help reduce tooth decay and is FDA approved. Each case consists of one pound.
    Kalyx: Fructose, Dutch Valley, 25 lb: GR
    Fructose occurs naturally in vegetables, fruits, and honey as well as fruit and vegetable juices and is what gives these foods a sweet flavor. Crystallized fructose is great for use as a sweetener in a wide array of beverages and foods or in any product where a sweet taste is desired. Each case consists of twenty five pounds.
    Kalyx: Raw Sugar, Good Food, 50 lb: GR
    Raw sugar is minimally processed sugar that has a high molasses content which gives it a rich, complex flavor. Use this raw sugar for desserts and baked goods and has a delicious topping for pastries. Each case consists of fifty pounds.
    Kalyx: Sucanat, Organic, Wholesome Sweeteners, 50 lb: GR
    Sucanat contains 100 percent of the cane's natural molasses in each granule and is whole cane sugar made from cane juice. This sugar has a rich flavor and is quick dissolving and is a product of Costa Rica. Each case consists of fifty pounds.
    Kalyx: Demerara Unrefined Sugar, Wholesome Sweeteners, 55 lb: GR
    A product of Malawi, this raw cane sugar is a classic, unrefined sugar made from the first crystallization of cane juice. Its large golden crystals and crunchy texture make it delicious in beverages, sauces and toppings. Each case consists of fifty five pounds.


    AMAZON PRODUCTS - MAPLE SYRUP

    Amazon: Maple Sugar Products
    Amazon: Maple Syrup Products



    AMAZON PRODUCTS - MOLASSES

    Amazon: Molasses Products



  • Nutrition Basics: Honey Information
  • Nutrition Basics: Molasses Information
  • Nutrition Basics: Sugar (Raw, Natural) Information
  • Nutrition Basics: Stevia Herbal Information



  • HONEY PRODUCTS

    Manuka honey is known in New Zealand as the Healing Honey of the Tea Tree. Enjoy the purity of this rare, exotic, raw honey which has extraordinarily powerful healing benefits. Comvita Bio Active Manuka Honey contains a high level of antibacterial activity not found in other honeys. For digestive health and to assist the digestive process. Pure New Zealand Honey is made with the help of wild flowers to produce a rich natural taste that is all its own.

    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Honey Granules, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: Honey Granules, 1 lb.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: High Desert Natural Pure Honey With Natural Peach Flavor, CC Pollen, 6 oz. (108639)
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    Kalyx: Honey Granules, Starwest Botanicals, Pure Granulated Honey, 1 lb. (C)
    Kalyx: Honey Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lb.) (RF)


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Honey Products
    Amazon: Manuka Honey Products

  • Nutrition Basics: Bee-Related Supplement Information
  • Nutrition Basics: Honey Information



  • MOLASSES PRODUCTS

    Blackstrap Unsulphured Molasses is most commonly used for baking and health purposes. Natural molasses has a strong, bitter and a unique sweet flavor and a deep, dark color.

    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Black Strap Unsulphured Molasses, Good Food, 16 oz. (Case of 12): GR
    Kalyx: Supreme Baking Molasses, Good Food, 16 oz. (Case of 12): GR
    Supreme Baking Molasses has a deep brown color and a uniquely sweet yet tart flavor. This molasses is sulfur-free and is perfect for all of your baking needs.
    Kalyx: Blackstrap Unsulphured Molasses, Grandma, 24 oz. (Case of 12): GR
    Grandma's Unsulphured pure molasses is made with 100% pure, natural sugarcane juices. This molasses is then clarified, reduced and blended to get the perfect color, consistency and flavor that Grandma's Molasses has become famous for. Grandma's Molasses is a high grade molasses slightly sweeter and lighter in color than other molasses products. This molasses is perfect for cooking and baking, and contains no additives or fat and is Kosher Certified.
    Kalyx: BlackStrap Unsulphured Molasses, Good Foods, 32 oz. (Case of 12): GR
    Kalyx: Supreme Baking Molasses, Good Food, 32 oz. (Case of 12): GR
    Kalyx: BlackStrap Unsulphured Molasses, Good Food, 1 Gallon (Case of 4): GR
    Kalyx: Supreme Baking Molasses, Good Food, 1 Gallon (Case of 4): GR
    Kalyx: BlackStrap Unsulphured Molasses, Good Food, 5 Gallon Bulk: GR
    Kalyx: Supreme Baking Molasses. Good Food, 5 Gallon Bulk: GR
    Kalyx: Sucanat Molasses Sugar, Fair Trade Certified Organic, Frontier, 1 lb: K


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Molasses Products

    Amazon: Slow As Molasses, Dark and Zesty, 11 oz. (Pack of 6)
    Amazon: Grandma's Original Molasses All Natural, Unsulphured, 12 oz.
    Amazon: Blackstrap Molasses, Golden Barrel, 16 fl. oz. (Single)
    Amazon: Blackstrap Molasses, Golden Barrel, Unsulphured, 32 fl. oz.
    Amazon: Blackstrap Molasses, Unsulfured, Barry Farms Foods, 44 oz.
    Amazon: Molasses Powder, Barry Farms Foods, 8 oz.




  • Nutrition Basics: Molasses Supplement Information



  • STEVIA LEAF HERBAL SUGAR SUBSTITUTE SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Stevia is one of a family of plants that are native to South America and have been used for centuries to sweeten drinks and foods. Stevia leaves are said to be from 30 to 300 times sweeter than sugar * though the amount of sweetness varies from leaf to leaf and plant to plant. It is touted as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners. To date, chemical analysis and studies show that the leaf adds no calories, has no harmful side effects and is more palatable with less aftertaste than any artificial, chemical sweetener to date. Stevia has been in wide use in South America for centuries, and in Japan since the government banned the use of artificial sweeteners. To date, no harmful side effects have come to light, making stevia one of the most promising sugar alternatives available. Stevoside, made from stevia, is approved as a food additive in Korea, and is widely available throughout China, Taiwan and Malaysia. In China, tea made from stevia leaves are touted as anti-aging and weight reduction aids. Stevia Sweetener an all natural, no calories, no carbs, no bitter aftertaste, with endless uses sweetener.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Stevia Leaf (Stevia Rebaudiana), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
    Mountain Rose Herbs: Stevia Leaf Powder. Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
    Stevia leaves are one of the sweetest substances known in nature, with a sweetness rating of up to 300 times the sweetening power of sugar. They have been called a "super-sweetener", and are the source of stevioside, a widely available tabletop sweetener in many Asian countries. With no calories and very little bitter aftertaste, stevia is an excellent alternative sweetener to sugar for teas and other recipes that call for sugar. PLEASE NOTE: Most commercial Stevia which is a white crystalline color is actually the dried powdered extract of Stevia and is not the whole leaf. The material offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is whole leaf material.


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: Stevia Leaf, Cut & Sifted, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Stevia Leaf, Cut & Sifted, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Stevia Leaf, Powder, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: Stevia Leaf, Powder, Organic, 1 lb.
    Starwest Botanicals: White Stevia, Standardized Extract Powder, 1 lb.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Stevia, 2nd Edition, Woodland Publishing, 32 Page Booklet (75322)
    HerbsPro: Sweetleaf Stevia Concentrate Liquid, Travel Size, Wisdom Natural, 6 ml (20194)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Liquid Concentrate, Planetary Herbals, 1 fl. oz. (2458)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Clear Liquid, Stevita, 1.35 oz. (43909)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Liquid Concentrate, Planetary Herbals, 2 fl. oz. (2692)
    HerbsPro: Sweetleaf Stevia Concentrate, Wisdom Herbs, 2 fl. oz. (20193)
    HerbsPro: Stevia, Organic Liquid, Now Foods, 2 fl. oz. (76367)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Glycerite, Now Foods, 2 fl. oz. (68765)
    HerbsPro: Better Stevia Liquid Extract Original, Now Foods, 2 fl. oz. (68770)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Extract, Alcohol Free, Natures Answer, 2 fl. oz. (17334)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Clear Liquid, Stevita, 3.3 fl. oz. (43964)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Liquid Extract, Now Foods, 8 fl. oz. (68771)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Liquid Extract, Organic, Now Foods, 8 fl. oz. (77543)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Glycerite, Now Foods, 8 fl. oz. (68766)
    HerbsPro: Sweetleaf Stevia Extract, Wisdom Natural, 100 Tabs (35932)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Instant Tabs, Now Foods, 200 Tabs (68769)
    HerbsPro: Stevia White Extract Powder, Now Foods, 1 oz. (68773)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Extract Powder, Only Natural, 1 oz. (65148)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Spoonable, Stevita, 2.8 oz. (89214)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Supreme, No Maltodextrin, Stevita, 5.4 oz. (65424)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Spoonable, Stevita, 16 oz. (43965)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Extract, Now Foods, 1 lb. (86055)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Supreme, No Maltodextrin, Stevita, 50 Packets (43911)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Spoonable Packets, Stevita, 50 Packets (43948)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Organic Packets, Now Foods, 75 Packets (76366)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Balance Packets, Now Foods, 100 Packets (68762)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Extract, Now Foods, 100 Packets (68763)
    HerbsPro: Stevia Extract, Now Foods, 1000 Packets (91428)


    STEVIA LIQUID EXTRACTS: ASSORTED FLAVORS

  • Vanilla Cream (2 fl. oz.)
  • French Vanilla (2 fl. oz.)
  • Root Beer (2 fl. oz.)
  • Peppermint (2 fl. oz.)
  • Grape (2 fl. oz.)
  • Chocolate (2 fl. oz.)
  • Dark Chocolate (2 fl. oz.)
  • Chocolate Raspberry (2 fl. oz.)
  • Cinnamon (2 fl. oz.)
  • Toffee (2 fl. oz.)
  • Lemon (2 fl. oz.)
  • Lemon Twist (2 fl. oz.)

  • Orange (2 fl. oz.)
  • Hazelnut (2 fl. oz.)
  • Cola (2 fl. oz.)
  • Watermelon (2 fl. oz.)
  • Berry (2 fl. oz.)
  • Strawberry (1.35 fl. oz.)
  • Toffee (1.35 fl. oz.)
  • Cinnamon (1.35 fl. oz.)
  • Chocolate (1.35 fl. oz.)
  • Peach (1.35 fl. oz.)
  • Vanilla (1.35 fl. oz.)
  • Peppermint (1.35 fl. oz.)


  • KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Stevia Tablets, Wisdom Herbs, 100 Tabs: GR
    Stevia plant, which has been used for hundreds of years as a natural sweetener and is found in South America, can be up to 30 times sweeter than regular sugar. Stevia sweetener product undergoes a refining process that produces a pure, high quality Stevioside, which comes from the Stevia plant. This no calorie, zero-glycemic sweetener and all-natural, is a proven generally recognized safe (GRAS) product. This produce can be used as a substitute for sugar in any beverage. Each case consists of 100 count tablets.
    Kalyx: Sweet Leaf Stevia Tabs, SweetLeaf, 100 Tablets: HF
    Kalyx: Sweetleaf Steviam Wisdom Herbs, 35 Packets, Case of 12: GR
    Kalyx: Stevia Extract White Powder (Stevia rebaudiana), Health & Herbs, 1 oz: HH
    Kalyx: Stevia Plus Fiber Powder, Wisdom Herbs, 4 oz: GR
    Kalyx: Stevia Extract Powder, 85% Steviasides (Stevia rebaudiana), Frontier, 1/4 lb: K
    Kalyx: Stevia Leaf, Cut & Sifted, Certified Organic (Stevia rebaudiana), Starwest Botanicals, 4 oz: C
    Kalyx: Stevita Stevia Supreme, Stevita, 5.4 oz: HF
    Kalyx: Stevia Extract White Powder (Stevia rebaudiana), Health & Herbs, 8 oz: HH
    Kalyx: Stevia Green Leaf Powder (Stevia rebaudiana), Health & Herbs, 8 oz: HH
    Kalyx: Stevia Extract Powder, 90% Steviasides (Stevia rebaudiana), Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Stevia Leaf, Cut & Sifted (Stevia rebaudiana), Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Stevia Leaf Powder (Stevia rebaudiana), Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: Stevia Leaf Powder Certified Organic (Stevia rebaudiana), Frontier, 1 lb: K
    Kalyx: Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) Leaf Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): RF
    Kalyx: Stevia Liquid, Bottle With Dropper, Wisdom Herbs, 2 fl oz: GR
    Kalyx: Liquid Stevia, SteviaClear, SweetLeaf, 2 fl oz: K
    Kalyx: Stevia Green Leaf Liquid Extract (Stevia rebaudiana), Health & Herbs, 2 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Stevia Liquid Bottle With Dropper, Wisdom Herbs, 4 fl. oz.: GR
    Kalyx: Liquid Stevia, SteviaClear, SweetLeaf, 4 fl oz: K
    Kalyx: Liquid Stevia, SweetLeaf, 6 ml: HF
    SteviaClear brings pure Stevia extract to liquid form. With 60 servings per bottle youre definitely getting your moneys worth. Just two drops of SteviaClear is as sweet as 1 teaspoon of sugar. Drop this pure Stevia extract into your hot or iced coffee or tea. You will love getting sweet without paying for it in calories or chemicals. Convenient and economical to use Zero calories zero carbs. Absolutely no chemicals alcohol or glycerin. Pure Stevia extract in water. Can be used in cooking baking hot or cold beverages and many more uses.


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Stevia Sweetener Products
    Amazon: Sweet Leaf Sweetener Products


  • Nutrition Basics: Stevia Herbal Information
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  • SUGAR SUBSTITUTES - NATURALLY SWEET & OTHERS PRODUCTS

    Naturally Sweet is a delicious new sugar substitute that tastes and cooks like sugar, is tooth friendly and contains pre-biotic fiber, which assists in healthy digestion. Naturally Sweet is a natural sweetener that is perfect for coffee, tea, and other beverages that are normally sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners. Naturally Sweet can also be used in place of sugar when baking, which results in delicious, reduced calorie desserts and other baked goods. Naturally Sweet looks, feels, and tastes just like sugar, but that is where the similarities end. Naturally Sweet is made from a blend of four naturally-occurring sugars and one sugar derivative whose metabolic profiles yield substantial sweetness with virtually no caloric impact.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Sweet Leaf Sweetener, Wisdom Natural, 1 gram, 35 Packets (86502)
    HerbsPro: Sweet Leaf Sweetener, Wisdom Natural, 1 gram, 70 Packets (86503)
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Sweetener, Epic Dental, 15 oz. 80 Packets (92395)
    HerbsPro: Splenda Sweetener Packets, Splenda, 100 Packets (97758)
    HerbsPro: Saccharin Sugar Substitute, Necta Sweet, 1000 Packets (96904))
    HerbsPro: Slim Sweet Natural Sweetener, Natural Balance Trimedica, 2.82 oz. (62993)
    HerbsPro: Slim Sweet Natural Sweetener, Natural Balance Trimedica, 16 oz. (62995)
    HerbsPro: Erythritol Natural Sweetener, Now Foods, 1 lb. (86047)
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Sweetener, Epic Dental, 1 lb. (92378)
    HerbsPro: Fructose Fruit Sugar, Now Foods, 24 oz. (86048)
    HerbsPro: Fructose Fruit Sugar, Now Foods, 3 lbs. (86049)


    AMAZON PRODUCTS

    Amazon: Fructose Sugar Products
    Amazon: Xylitol Sweetener Products
    Amazon: Saccharin Sweetener Products
    Amazon: Sweet Leaf Sweetener Products
    Amazon: Sugar Substitute Products


  • Nutrition Basics: Stevia Herbal Information
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  • XYLITOL SWEETENER PRODUCTS

    Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is naturally present in small amounts of various fruits and vegetables. The Finnish name for Xylitol is "koivusokeri", or birch sugar, a reference to the extraction of Xylitol from birch bark. Considerable amounts of Xylitol is formed in the body every day as a result of normal metabolic processes. Although it is classified as a carbohydrate, this sweet crystalline substance is slowly absorbed from the digestive tract and does not cause rapid rises in blood glucose. In addition, the caloric impact of Xylitol is typically about 40 percent lower than other carbohydrates, making it a healthy addition to any diet. Discovered simultaneously by French and German chemists in 1891, Xylitol has been safely used since the 1970's as an ingredient in gums and candies. Dentists and Nutritionists alike encourage the use of Xylitol due to its unique and clinically proven dental benefits. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that cannot be utilized by bacteria in the mouth. Xylitol is a safe alternative for your sweet tooth.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Xylitol, 100% Pure Natural Sweetener, Non-GMO, Now Foods, 1 lbs.
    Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is naturally present in small amounts in various fruits and vegetables. it was originally extracted from birch trees in Finland. NOW Xylitol is derived from Non-GMO corn. It is comparable to xylitol derived from other sources, such as birch. It resembles sugar in consistency and taste, but has a third fewer calories and is a great sugar alternative for diabetics. Xylitol may also inhibit cavities by denying plaque bacteria the fuel (sugar) it needs to erode tooth enamel. It can be used as a sugar substitute in most sugar-free recipes.
    HerbsPro: Xylitol, 100% Pure Natural Sweetener, Non-GMO, Now Foods, 2.5 lbs.
    Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is naturally present in small amounts in various fruits and vegetables. it was originally extracted from birch trees in Finland. NOW Xylitol is derived from Non-GMO corn. It is comparable to xylitol derived from other sources, such as birch. It resembles sugar in consistency and taste, but has a third fewer calories and is a great sugar alternative for diabetics. Xylitol may also inhibit cavities by denying plaque bacteria the fuel (sugar) it needs to erode tooth enamel. It can be used as a sugar substitute in most sugar-free recipes.
    HerbsPro: Xylitol, 100% Pure Natural Sweetener, Non-GMO, Now Foods, 15 lbs.
    Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is naturally present in small amounts in various fruits and vegetables. it was originally extracted from birch trees in Finland. NOW Xylitol is derived from Non-GMO corn. It is comparable to xylitol derived from other sources, such as birch. It resembles sugar in consistency and taste, but has a third fewer calories and is a great sugar alternative for diabetics. Xylitol may also inhibit cavities by denying plaque bacteria the fuel (sugar) it needs to erode tooth enamel. It can be used as a sugar substitute in most sugar-free recipes.
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Packets, 100% Pure Natural Sweetener, Non-GMO, Now Foods, 75 Packet Box
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Plus Packets, 100% Pure Natural Sweetener With Stevia Extract, Non-GMO, Now Foods, 75 Packet Box
    HerbsPro: Xyli Pure Xylitol Powder, Jarrow Formulas, Low Glycemic Sweetener, 8 oz.
    HerbsPro: Xyli Pure Xylitol Powder, Jarrow Formulas, Low Glycemic Sweetener, 16 oz.
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Xyliwhite Mouthwash, Now Foods, 16 fl. oz.
    Now Foods Xyliwhite Mouthwash is a safe and effective fluoride-free oral rinse that woks in unique ways to help you achieve a smile that's healthier and brighter than ever before! Cinnafresh Mouthwash gets its cleansing properties from xylitol - a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that has been shown in clinical studies to help promote dental health; effectively rinsing debris, such as food particles containing bacteria from mouth surfaces. Xylitol also helps safeguard healthy tooth enamel surfaces. By preventing the mouth's pH levels from falling below their normal range, Cinnafresh Mouthwash protects the enamel surface of teeth. All Natural and Fluoride-Free. With Xylitol & Steam-Distilled Essential Oils. Freshens Breath. Cleanses Mouth. Promotes Dental Health.
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Xyliwhite Mouthwast, CinnaFresh, Now Foods, 16 fl. oz.
    Now Foods Xyliwhite Mouthwash is a safe and effective fluoride-free oral rinse that woks in unique ways to help you achieve a smile that's healthier and brighter than ever before! Cinnafresh Mouthwash gets its cleansing properties from xylitol - a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that has been shown in clinical studies to help promote dental health; effectively rinsing debris, such as food particles containing bacteria from mouth surfaces. Xylitol also helps safeguard healthy tooth enamel surfaces. By preventing the mouth's pH levels from falling below their normal range, Cinnafresh Mouthwash protects the enamel surface of teeth. All Natural and Fluoride-Free. With Xylitol & Steam-Distilled Essential Oils. Freshens Breath. Cleanses Mouth. Promotes Dental Health.
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Spearmint Mouthwash, Epic Dental, 16 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Fluoride & Xylitol Toothpaste, Spearmint, Epic Dental, 4.9 oz.
    HerbsPro: Fluoride Free Xylitol Toothpaste, Spearmint, Epic Dental, 4.9 oz.
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Peppermint Dental Gum, Peelu, 100 Count
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Spearmint Dental Gum, Peelu, 100 Count
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Sweetened Peppermint Gum, Epic Dental, 12 Count (Case of 12)
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Cinnamon Gum, Epic Dental, 50 Count
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Peppermint Gum, Epic Dental, 50 Count
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Spearmint Gum, Epic Dental, 50 Count
    HerbsPro: Xylitol Gum, Hot Cha Cha, Branam, 12 / 12 Count (Case of 6)
    HerbsPro: Effer-C Elderberry Sugar Free With Better Stevia & Xylitol, Now Foods, 30 Packets
    HerbsPro: Xylitol, An Amazing Discovery For Health, Woodland Publishing, 32 Pages


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    Amazon: Xylitol Sweetener Products

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