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Thursday, February 1st, 2007
9:18 am
[sea_gaagii]
Liver Damage Caused by Refined Sugars
Liver Damage Caused by Refined Sugars

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The research team concluded that consumption of high fructose can have negative effects on liver through overfeeding, as well as damage the liver by inducing increased oxidative stress. “As others had performed feeding experiments with high doses of fructose before, we knew that chronic intake of fructose can result in fatty liver. However, in our study, the chronic intake of fructose was associated with an increased formation of reactive oxygen species.”
Friday, December 22nd, 2006
12:37 pm
[sea_gaagii]
High Fructose Corn Syrup can make you think you are hungry when you are not
High Fructose Corn Syrup can trip up digestive system hormones

... can trip up digestive system hormones that control hunger and appetite. The end result: Your brain misses out on hormone messages that signal a full stomach. Start reading labels and see if you can cut back on the 63 pounds of High-fructose corn syrup most people consume each year.
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Monday, December 11th, 2006
10:46 am
[who_is_she]
Egg Nog?
I know I"m a sick puppy (grins)
but has anyone found sugar free Egg Nog?

like, made with honey or maple syrup?

dont like that fake sugar, ick.

thanks
Friday, July 21st, 2006
3:48 pm
[sea_gaagii]
Fructose and Gas
Sweet Tooth and Belly Ache

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Why does fructose cause abdominal distress? Sweet foods and beverages that contain fructose as the main sugar can speed through the digestive tract too quickly to be thoroughly digested. What isn't absorbed ends up in the colon, feasted upon by bacteria, which produces excessive acid and gas and may lead to diarrhea.
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Monday, June 5th, 2006
8:24 am
[sea_gaagii]
Buckwheat Honey
Honey Bee Good

Several studies have found that buckwheat honey -- dark, rich, and malty -- has an unusual number of age-fighting antioxidants in addition to serious sweetening power. ...
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
10:06 am
[who_is_she]
new favorite foods
Now that I've been carefully label reading for awhile, I've developed some new favorite foods.

THere are some yummy wild rice sesame sticks at Whole Foods in the bulk bins. yum.

I found a brand of yougurt (Cascade?) at Whole Foods that is non fat and also fruit juice sweetened. Its' really good!

I found some yummy "honey mints" in the bulk bins at Whole Foods, that to my taste buds are better than regular sugar sweetened mints.

Do you have favorites to recommend?
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
11:45 pm
[who_is_she]
11:36 pm
[who_is_she]
9:15 am
[who_is_she]
Blackberry Cobbler?
Today I am going to attempt to make a blackberry cobbler with no refined sugar. So far I have not been able to find a recipe for this dish, except one that includes artificial sweeteners. So therefore I'm flying without a net! I wanted to make it simply with honey, or maple syrup. I am going to report on how it goes. Wish me luck.
:)
Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
7:49 pm
[who_is_she]
Introduction
Hi, I wanted to put an introductory post here to explain why I started this community. I have recently decided to remove refined sugar from my diet, and to do to a more natural diet. I am trying my best not to purchase foods that contain "high fructose corn syrup", "sugar", "brown sugar", "evaporated cane juice", etc. I am still eating honey, and maple syrup. I havne't tried stevia, and I'm really not interested in eating artificial sweeteners, as I'd like to get away from eating anything that isnt' natural.

I dont really have a scientific basis for this urge to go natural, but so far it feels good. I'd like to see disucssions here of new research or websites devoted to this topic, recipes or products that people like that contain no sugar. I'd like to know how others have come to this type of diet, and how it's going.
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