The Lemon Detox Diet – a Recipe that Really Works

Ever since Beyonce Knowles was associated with the Lemon Detox diet, there has been a surge of interest in this particular program. Also known as the Master Cleanse, this detox diet has been around for Continue reading

Maple Syrup Is More Than a Tasty Condiment

When one thinks about the sugary goodness that is maple syrup, liver health doesn’t often come to mind. However, researchers at the University of Tokyo believe that the natural sweetener may have benefits beyond making pancakes even more delicious.

A team of scientists found that rodents that were fed a diet consisting of 20 percent maple syrup experienced declines in certain enzymes that are known biomarkers for liver dysfunction, compared to animals fed a diet that included 20 percent sugar water.

“The preliminary results of this research are encouraging and emphasize the importance of choosing a healthy diet to help counteract the lifestyle and environmental factors Continue reading

Coconut Sugar fast Replacing Agave Nectar as the Natural Sweetener

Over the last two years, we’ve witnessed a mass exodus away from agave nectar and a search for more natural sweeteners that are both low on the glycemic index and high in nutrient density. Several candidates have emerged, but the winner has become coconut sugar, which is really more like a coconut caramel sap.

This sweetener is fast becoming extremely popular among raw foodies, vegans and vegetarians. Many have switched from agave nectar to coconut sugar.

Use a coconut sugar (sap) that is a 100% pure organic crystallized coconut sap . It’s best harvested from the sap of unopened coconut blossoms, then boiled under controlled heat to drive off the water and condense the liquid to a dark brown sap. There are no additives used, no bleaching, and absolutely no stripping of minerals or other nutrients. It’s not a raw food, however. Cooking the sap is a necessary part of concentrating it, just like with maple syrup, which is really a concentration of the watery maple sap.

The result is a thick, liquid “caramel” sap that’s brown in color and extremely sweet. It tastes almost like fudge, and some people even eat it like fudge. Continue reading