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    No big CPG company is going to hire me!

    Over the last few years I’ve started to pay much more attention to my intuition and look for meaningful coincidences throughout my life (or as Carl Jung called the concept;  synchronicity).  My meditation practice has given me a more positive refreshing outlook on life and for that I’m very grateful. This new prospective has definitely crept into my business practices …

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    25 Easy Random Acts of Kindness To Do TODAY!

    25 Easy Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today! For as long as I can remember, my dad has stressed the importance of giving back. You don’t have to stretch your wallet; it doesn’t have to be money related. A compliment or a kind gesture goes a long way. Try a couple random acts of kindness today and see …

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    What Food Companies Should Be Doing

    What Food Companies Should Be Doing In the world of snacks, and eating in general, is it possible to have the best of both worlds? Can you have flavor AND health benefits? Or do you have to sacrifice one for the other? LesserEvil snacking isn’t mutually exclusive. In fact, we don’t think it’s that hard to get great flavor without …

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    Why make Cookies with Coconut Sugar?

    With the spread of diabetes and obesity sugar and high fructose corn syrup become more scrutinized. Coconut sugar is a natural alternative that can be used to replace some sweetness.  The sugar is derived from the coconut palm tree and is touted as being more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index than sugar. It is a natural sugar made …

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    Himalayan Crystal Salt, A Must Have for Every Household!

    Himalayan Crystal Salt, A Must Have for Every Household! Himalayan Crystal Salt is over 200 million years old and believed to be the purest salt on this planet. Deep in the mountains, isolated and unscathed from pollution, this amazing salt has been preserved by ice and snow.  There are some amazing benefits to Himalayan Pink Salt and the reason why …

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    A Mom’s Guide to Sugar and Avoiding the Addiction

    A Mom’s Guide to Sugar: How to help your children avoid the sugar addiction   Sugar is everywhere, and seemingly IN everything. We all know we should limit our consumption, especially children’s, but how do we know where to find it if it’s not obvious? Besides looking at the ‘sugars’ section on the back of a box, there are tons of hidden added …

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    Oil-Pulling: The New Way to Rid Your Body of Toxins and Get Better Skin

    Oil-Pulling: The New Way to Rid Your Body of Toxins and Improve Oral Health There’s a lot of buzz around ‘Oil-Pulling’ recently, and the health benefits it can offer. Oil-pulling is a new way of gargling, without the harsh taste of Listerine or other mouth washes. Instead of your traditional thirty second swish and spit, you gargle oil for about fifteen-twenty minutes and …

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    Gardening 101: Don’t be afraid!

    Tips On Starting A Garden   With summer in full swing, we’re outside more and noticing beautiful foliage and scenery around us. If you’re like me, you’re noticing how little you garden and much you wish you did. Do you feel overwhelmed like I do? I’ve never had anything close to a ‘green thumb,’ but I have always wanted to …

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    Always Tired? 6 reasons Why You Can’t Stop Yawning

    Always Tired? 6 reasons Why You Can’t Stop Yawning   1. You don’t drink enough water: Skipping water can take a huge toll on your energy levels.  Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, which makes your blood thicker. As a result, your heart pumps less efficiently, and the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs …

Daily Tip

With the spread of diabetes and obesity sugar and high fructose corn syrup become more scrutinized. Coconut sugar is a natural alternative that can be used to replace some sweetness.  The sugar is derived from the coconut palm tree and is touted as being more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index than sugar. It is a natural sugar made from sap, which is the sugary circulating fluid of the coconut plant. It is often confused with Palm Sugar, which is similar but made from a different type of palm tree.

Coconut sugar is made in a natural 2-step process:

  1. A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm and the liquid sap is collected into containers.
  2. The sap is placed under heat until most of the water has evaporated.

Sugar and HFS are refined and do not contain any nutrients, while coconut sugar is not processed and thus keep some of its nutrients. Most notable of these are the minerals Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants that may also provide some benefits although very minor. The key coming is that coconut sugar contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption and explain why coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar. The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels. Glucose is given a GI of 100 and if a food has a GI of 50, then it raises blood sugar half as much as pure glucose. Coconut Sugar is given a GI of 35, which puts it in a lower range. This is much lower than table sugar, which is somewhere around 60.

*Beware that GI can vary greatly between individuals. GI can also vary between different batches of food, meaning that products from other manufacturers might have slightly different effects.

 

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