Lower LDL Cholesterol with Grape Seed Oil

Did You Know…

… that 2 tablespoons of grape seed oil a day helps lower LDL cholesterol?

Europeans have been using grapes, as well as their sap and leaves, to treat a variety of health conditions Continue reading

The Top Five Secret Sugar Substitutes

Refined sugar is used in just about every type of food you can imagine. It’s in baked goods, of course, but you’ll find it in breads, cereals, dairy products, drinks, and even sandwich meat. The reason white sugar is used so often and in such a diverse range of foods is that white sugar leaves you wanting more. It creates a sort of nutritional deficit in your body, triggering cravings — which is exactly what the companies that make these sugar-laden products are hoping for.

Why not do your body a favor and try some natural sweeteners instead? They can boost your natural health by adding not only a little bit of energy, but also some vitamins and minerals. Here are five natural sweeteners that you may not have considered when it comes time for a little sweetness in your diet. 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