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14 Popular Sugar Substitutes

14 Popular Sugar Substitutes

Check out this Food Revolution article on sugar, how bad it is for you, and some of the most popular sugar substitutes and their health benefits (or lack thereof). Here are the five best sugar substitutes:

  1. Stevia, from a bush native to South America.
  2. Xylitol
  3. Molasses
  4. Yacon syrup, from a plant in the Andes
  5. Date sugar

Of course, the article says that fresh fruit is the best sweetener.

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Shocking News About Ramen Noodles

I bet at least one of my readers has lived on ramen noodles all through college.  Some of you probably still eat them regularly, as they’re cheap, easy, and filling.  I know I like to cook ramen noodles when I have colds, since they’re hot and the spicy ones clear my sinuses.  But according to researchers at Baylor University, they’re really unhealthy.  The more ramen noodles you eat, the more likely you are to get metabolic syndrome.

The National Institutes of Health define metabolic syndrome as “the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. The term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning. Risk factors are traits, conditions, or habits that increase your chance of developing a disease.”

Ramen noodles are not only high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium, but they also contain Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), a toxic preservative.  Plus the noodle containers are made with bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical which has been linked to cancer and hormone disruptions.

Check out the Food Revolution Network to learn more: http://foodrevolution.org/blog/ramen-noodles/