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by 1074 · about 14 hours ago

There's been some research lately showing neuronal control of body weight can change (predispose to weight gain, insulin/leptin resistance etc) simply due to sweet taste itself, insulin triggering or not. Anyone who struggles with weight already... (more)

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Mr_Snowman 0 · April 01, 2013 at 12:44 AM

The issue, as I understand it, is that a non caloric sweetener can trigger an insulin response even though your blood glucose has not been raised. (You can get this process started by just thinking about food.) This would lower your BG below... (more)

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by 55 · about 14 hours ago

So I've been doing this paleo thing for 4.5 days and am trying to figure things out as I go... I think I've been doing well, but not perfect. But who is, really? Sweeteners: I know that honey and pure maple are OK. But what about others, in... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · January 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Sweeteners: after experimenting with a few different ones I finally just quit them all. There is a fair amount of evidence that artificial sweeteners trigger hunger and insulin responses as much as sugars and in many ways are just as bad for you.... (more)

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by 3280 · about 14 hours ago

Is Coconut Crystals: http://www.coconutsecret.com/crystals2.html Any better than sugar? Is it better than Xylitol? http://store.xylitolusa.com/products/1lb-Xylitol-Bag.html Having just finished the Perfect Health Diet book (which I loved), I... (more)

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HippiPaleo 0 · December 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Honey can't be beat. Xylitol can be made of corn or birch, hard to know which. There is a little voice against xylitol lately. We have taken it off our shop shelves until we hear good news. If in doubt, throw if out! (ie don't do it)

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by 63 · about 14 hours ago

I'm looking for a paleo sweetener for my paleo cookies. However, I want it to be a dry ingredient. Does anyone know anything about honey powder? A lot that I find is mixed with cane sugar. Is there any out there that doesn't have cane sugar? ... (more)

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Firestorm 0 · December 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I've had good success with finely ground dates as a sweetener. Finely ground raisins or currants would probably work as well, but dates tend to be more dry and easier to get to a nice texture, plus, as they are baked, they soften and spread... (more)

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by 173 · about 14 hours ago

What kind of desserts, Paleo-ify-ed, would taste good when sweetened wholly with bananas?

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Elizabeth_15 0 · November 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Chocolate custard 1 ripe banana 2 tbsp almond butter 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/4 cup coconut oil Splash of vanilla extract Mash banana with fork and blend in rest of the ingredients. Store in the fridge for one half hour. So good!

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by 715 · about 14 hours ago

I've pretty much stayed away from the artificial sweeteners as aspartame agravates my migraine issues. I don't drink soda, except a very rare stevia sweetened rootbeer from Whole Foods or even less a Sprecher's Rootbeer. During the hot weather I... (more)

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Andrew_15 0 · July 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Stevia is the best thing to go with. I would recommend it, and say, avoid any other artifical sweeteners. Stevia comes from the dried leaves of the stevia plant. It is an excellent natural alternative to sugar. It has no calories, has none of the... (more)

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by 26 · about 14 hours ago

Sometime in August I plan on getting a breast augmentation, which is around 2 months, but before then my doctor recommends I lose between 5-10 Kgs. Currently I am 5'6" and 165 pounds. I heard about the paleo through a friend, and have been reading... (more)

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Renee_2 0 · June 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Having blobs of synthetic tissue surgically inserted into your body is not Paleo.

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by 368 · about 14 hours ago

I'm mostly partial to Raw Honey, Manuka Honey, or raw agave sryup. I never considered Stevia, or maple syrup. My goal is a Last pound or two of fat loss so I don't want to use anything that will throw this off, but I could use something in my... (more)

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Erica_6 0 · December 07, 2011 at 1:56 AM

Whatever you do, ditch the agave. It's basically HFCS disguised in a pretty package.

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by 455 · about 14 hours ago

I mostly do not consume sugars/fruits now, but when I want something sweet I still use a bit of stevia. But, there hasn't been much research on the long-term effects of stevia, and also any 'sweet' tastes have been shown to induce some insulin... (more)

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HeatherC 0 · July 31, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I trust Mark Sisson on this

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by 10 · about 14 hours ago

As of March 2011, FireFly has started making a "Skinny Sweet Tea Vodka." Their vodka is distilled in South Carolina from Grapes and the Tea is sweetened with Stevia. While I know its not Paleo, I loved this stuff before going Paleo and I wouldn't... (more)

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HeatherC 0 · July 06, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Made from grapes? I thought vodka was made from grain or potatoes?

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by 1044 · about 14 hours ago

While browsing around for alternative sweeteners, I came upon this Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yacon_syrup Yac??n syrup is a sweetening agent extracted from the tuberous roots of the yac??n plant (Smallanthus sonchifolius)... (more)

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Stabby 0 · May 21, 2011 at 9:45 PM

FOS would be the anti-diabetic agent. They get metabolized in the gut to butyrate and that has a positive effect of insulin sensitivity and inflammation. Other sources are jicama, onions and chicory root. As for antioxidants, I didn't know that... (more)

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by 340 · about 14 hours ago

There are situations for every parent where a little sugar goes a long ways. Such as coaxing down medicines with a young child. We've been using Agave and are thinking about Stevia. I understand Stevia has been used in Japan for awhile, and has no... (more)

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familygrokumentarian 0 · May 18, 2011 at 2:41 AM

Occasionally my daughters (4, 17 months) will have something that has a few drops of liquid whole leaf stevia throughout. I have no problem with a liquid whole stevia concentrate since it's made by boiling stevia leaves and reducing until highly... (more)

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by 826 · about 14 hours ago

I consume about 2-3 teaspoons of honey in my coffee each morning. I'm sure coffee isn't paleo but cut me some slack...I'm new. It's raw, unheated and unfiltered honey. I realize honey is mostly fructose but is it unhealthful? It is the only... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · May 05, 2011 at 2:37 AM

I think there is more to it than just 'fructose is bad'. Raw honey is more than just fructose, there are enzymes, etc. that are not fully understood. Here are a couple things worth... (more)

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by 12174 · about 14 hours ago

I love rhubarb. OK, truth be told, I'm a little obsessed with it - I have a soft spot for tart and tangy foods. Of course, as you all know, the SAD way to make rhubarb palatable is to add approximately two metric tonnes of white sugar. Last... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · March 16, 2011 at 8:51 PM

It wasn't used in Western culture until the 1700s I think, when it was imported from China, where it is used as a remedy for constipation, among other things. It was used in Europe mainly as such a remedy until sugar became more widespread and... (more)

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by 18412 · about 14 hours ago

I suppose we don't know if cave dwelling peoples boiled brown rice with fire back in the day, but let's assume they did not. In 2011, our world is bombarded with a barrage of sweeteners, and we all know that most do not promote healthy metabollic... (more)

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Grant 0 · March 03, 2011 at 6:43 PM

It's important to note for those who do not know, the body processes glucose and fructose differently. Here's a great lecture on that subject, describing how dangerous excessive fructose consumption could potentially be. In my mind, brown... (more)

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by 12174 · about 14 hours ago

There's a thread here that started the conversation a bit, but it also dealt with fruits (bananas) and honey as potential additions. Here's the deal: I'm in a stretch of very low carbing for weight loss. Animal proteins, eggs, Kerrygold, coconut... (more)

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Kaz 0 · February 17, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Coconut milk ice cream is actually quite flavorful and creamy on its own, without added sugars. I put an entire can of full-fat in there, and the machine does the rest. :)

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by 1029 · about 14 hours ago

In the past I have used Stevita powder and am going to re-introduce it into my diet. Do you prefer liquid or powder and what brand do you use?

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bittykitty 0 · February 08, 2011 at 10:01 AM

I had serious blood pressure issues with stevia..no thanks.

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by 55 · about 14 hours ago

What's the skinny on products derived from coconut sap? I've only really seen them produced from a single company, Coconut Secret: http://www.coconutsecret.com/products2.html My roommate just picked up some of the Coconut Nectar for use as a... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · September 29, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Sugar made from the sap of palm trees is a traditional type of sugar in palm growing parts of the world. It is I think traditionally made from date palm with sago palm and coconut palm sugar now also produced. As it is usually unrefined it has... (more)

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by 82 · about 14 hours ago

what do you eat instead of sugar. Stevia, raw agave. More im interested in local things and exotic things. lind tree suger. Or lindflower polls. Some local roots. Or some technices. Cold cranbewrries taste sweet, while warm just taste more... (more)

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Ambimorph 0 · June 30, 2010 at 11:29 PM

I don't eat anything "instead of sugar". I find it best to avoid the taste of sweet altogether.

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by 22913 · about 14 hours ago

No Artificials No Insulin Boosters No Stevia/Sugar Alcohol No Fruit I'd like ways to hack my tastebuds so far I know Coconut Flour/Oil and Cinnamon work well what else is out there that's Food that canimpact that strong unsweetened cocoa flavor? (more)

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GHarkness 0 · May 19, 2010 at 5:02 PM

As I understand it, the actual problem is that the "taste" of sweet causes insulin to be secreted in anticipation of sugar. So, what you are asking is actually impossible. You want your cocoa to taste sweet without tasting sweet, i.e. you want... (more)

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by 13983 · about 14 hours ago

I've seen the questions about honey and agave. I know we've discussed stevia and truvia. So what about blackstrap molasses and maple syrup? Are they better or worse than honey? Here's some info about blackstrap molasses: The third boiling... (more)

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Ed 0 · April 19, 2010 at 1:43 AM

From a fructose perspective, honey, maple syrup and molasses are all about 50% fructose. The monosaccharide form of fructose, which is found in corn syrup, is supposed to be the most harmful. Surprisingly, the honey has about 42gm of... (more)

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by 15 · about 14 hours ago

Anyone have any opinions on Swerve Sweetener?

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Tim_Rangitsch 0 · April 19, 2010 at 4:02 AM

You did ask for "opinion", right? This is just that, my opinion: swerve is utter garbage and has no place in human nutrition. Likely some small amount could be tolerated by any given individual, but that does little to change my "opinion"! ... (more)

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by 319 · about 15 hours ago

In weaning myself of all refined carbs I find that sugar in my coffee is the hardest. I have cut sugar in coffee by half and recently switched even that to using Truvia instead. It is supposedly half stevia and half sugar alcohol. Is Truvia ok to... (more)

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Mikael_Jansson 0 · March 09, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Erythrirol and Stevia seems to be your best bet right now. E. has the advantage of having the same texture as sugar (at 60-70% the sweetness) which makes it suitable for baking with e.g. almond flour.

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by 349 · about 15 hours ago

I made my own soda tonight using sparkling water, lemon and lime juice, and powdered stevia. It tastes exactly like diet Sprite. I understand that plain ol' water is what all the cool primal kids are drinking these days but it's nice to have a... (more)

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KetoWarrior 0 · March 07, 2010 at 9:30 AM

The authority on what would be considered "primal" would be Mark Sisson, since that is the term he coined for his "Primal Blueprint" lifestyle. Last November he wrote a piece on the difference between "primal" and "paleo." In it he wrote: ... (more)

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by 60 · October 24, 2014 at 4:35 AM

Anyone on here done any research or looked into Luo Han Guo extract? It's sometimes called monk fruit extract. http://www.znaturalfoods.com/Luo-Han-Guo-Extract-Powder-1-lb I ordered a package a while back and I've been using it when I need a... (more)

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