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Sunday, November 20, 2011

7 days 'til Thanksgiving - Holiday healthy tip #4

Skip the white and brown sugar
Whether you are a diabetic or not, you will want to keep you blood sugar from spiking while enjoying holiday sweets and treat. Substituting sorghum molasses wherever you might use brown sugar and agave nectar wherever you might use white sugar will  go a long way to keeping your holiday healthy and your waistline trim.

"It is believed that sorghum originated in Africa,where it is an important food grain and an ingredient in beer. Worldwide, it's the third largest food grain. Sorghum molasses was a favorite sweetener, particularly in the South, during the 1800s and early 1900s. Around the end of World War I refined sugar products became more readily available and less expensive, thus causing a decline in the use of sorghum as a sweetener. (http://southernfood.about.com/library/weekly/aa101798.htm)"

"While it's meant be a substitute for sugar, the truth is that agave nectar actually tastes sweeter than sugar. This can be a real benefit for you. Here's why: Agave nectar is roughly 1.5 times sweeter than sugar. However, it contains the same amount of calories as sugar. Therefore, you can use agave nectar in your coffee and get the same results as sugar, but you don't have to use as much to do it. By using less agave nectar, you can help cut calories out of your diet and possibly lose weight. (http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/3-nutritional-benefits-of-agave-nectar.html) "

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda
313-874-BFIT (2348)

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