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by 3280 · 5 minutes 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 69 · 5 minutes ago

I have been doing 90% paleo and 10% goof for about 6 months now. I have lost 30 pounds and I am really seeing a difference in my mood, sleep, skin, etc. It is pretty much just like all the claims. Bottom line its working. The Paleo borderline... (more)

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karstyl 0 · December 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Very high in fructose and not a natural product. Here is an article about how fructose is worse then glucose for many measures. For pretty much anything except immediate blood glucose spikes, fructose is worse. The gradual increase in fasting... (more)

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by 173 · 6 minutes 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 26 · 20 minutes 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 211 · 20 minutes ago

Yes, damn it, I have a sweet tooth. I have been using sweeteners (Splenda, mostly) as my last refuge, my last remnant (along with dairy -- day one of give-up started today on that front) of modern living prior to going "pure" paleo. I obviously... (more)

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Nanoo 0 · May 30, 2012 at 5:08 AM

STAY AWAY FROM temptation, for now. Don't go where others are eating it. It is helping me to eat plenty of protein and fat, and salt, for now. I am not worrying about weight or sodium for now. I'm just digging on the flavor of savory. I have... (more)

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by 368 · 34 minutes 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 · 43 minutes 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 1 hour 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 10255 · about 1 hour ago

he assured me it was high quality belgium chocolate; he's a liar! it had maltitol and lactitol in it. i feel like i've been hit by a truck. i have a headache, my tongue is tingling, i'm anxious, light headed and my tummy hurts. i read the... (more)

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · June 29, 2011 at 1:58 AM

Sugar alcohols are not harmless at all. I get diarrhea almost immediately from ingesting even a small amount, and have gotten migraines as well...Vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid taken to bowel tolerance plus drinking lots of extra water... (more)

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by 1044 · about 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 493 · about 1 hour ago

Hey guys, quick question. I am of the belief, as nearly all of you are, that sweeteners are not healthy. Insulin secretion, and a lot of chemistry I look forward to understanding but currently don't. Anyway, I was telling someone (not... (more)

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Mike_Opteris 0 · June 25, 2010 at 10:43 AM

I am an insulin dependent diabetic that follows Dr. Bernstein and PaNu/PB philosophies of eating and WOL. I used to drink 2 liters+ of diet soda a day. Six months ago, I just got tired of it and now drink about 16 oz or less of diet soda per day.... (more)

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by 22913 · about 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 1 hour 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 0 · about 23 hours ago

Is Panela Paleo?

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DebK 0 · May 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Well I'm 29 days into my 30 day Paleo reset, and have recently discovered the benefits of Kombucha. I understand that a small amount of sweetener is needed for the fermentation process, and I'm looking for the right sweetener to make my own.... (more)

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by 60 · about 23 hours ago

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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