Sugars/Sweeteners Part 5 Honey Please!

Source of graphic www.sugar.org How Honey is Made: Honey starts as flower nectar, which is collected by bees, naturally broken down into simple sugars and stored in honeycombs. The design of the honeycomb, and with constant fanning by the bees’ wings, evaporation to...

Sugars/Sweeteners Part 4 (The Ose’s)

Lactose  cow milk sugar Dextrose a simple sugar from corn, a bulking agent, chemically identical to glucose, or blood sugar.  Often used in baking products as a sweetener Corn Syrup (glucose) from the starch of corn, prevents crystallization of sugar, High Fructose...

Sugars/Sweeteners Part 3 (Vegan/Plant Based)

Blackstrap Molasses the dark liquid that remains after sugar cane has been processed and boiled three times. The most nutritional sweetener. Brown Rice Syrup (Rice Malt Syrup) Whole Grain Rice steeped into sugar. Consistency of Honey. Coconut Sugar made from the sap...

Sugars/Sweeteners Part 2 (Sugar Alcohols)

Foods that are labeled “sugar-free” use sugar alcohols for sweetness and have fewer calories than table sugar (white sugar). They also have fewer carbohydrates, therefore may have a lower glycemic number than table sugar. Sugar Alcohol is neither a sugar nor an...

Sugars/Sweeteners (Table Sugar) What is it really?

I blogged about xylitol on March 8th.  Because, one of my co-workers said he would change my cream cheese recipe a little.  He wanted to replace 1/3 of the powdered sugar with xylitol and add a scope of protein powder. Ummmmmm. Really? What?(so many emoji faces would...

Xylitol The Food Additive Of The Day

The FDA has approved xylitol as a food additive or sweetener. Xylitol is a carbohydrate found in the birch tree and in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables and is therefore considered natural.  It is a white crystalline powder.  Since it is a refined sweetener,...