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XyloSweet Sweetener

XyloSweet Sweetener

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

XyloSweet, a xylitol-based sweetener, is the sweetest of all bulk sugar substitutes. Xylitol is a sugar alcholo that comes from the birch tree. It is currently used in many sugar-free products and is increasingly gaining acceptance as an alternative sweetener; using it actually helps reduce the development of dental cavities by protecting the enamel on the teeth. It is very low on the glycemic index and is slowly absorbed and partially used by the body. It can be used cup for cup in place of sugar in any recipe. We like xylitol over the other sugar alcohols like erythritol because because it come from the birth tree and not from corn.

Company Website: http://www.xlear.com/XyloSweet

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Category: Natural Sweeteners

Posted: January 7, 2012

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Ancient Harvest Quinoa

Ancient Harvest Quinoa

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

Twenty years ago, the Quinoa Corporation reintroduced quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) to the world. Today, Ancient Harvest is the leading source for high quality organic quinoa. With 1,800 varieties of quinoa available, not all quinoa is created equal. Look for the quality and commitment behind the Quinoa Corporation's own brand, Ancient Harvest quinoa, for the best quinoa products available. Quinoa is a non-allergenic grain, safe for the candida diet, low-carb diets, diabetics and vegans. It is higher in protein than any other grain. Far and away, quinoa is our favorite grain for health. It also tastes great. To make it even healthier, soak it in water for 1-8 hours before cooking to activate enzymes and decrease phytic acid.

Company Website: http://www.quinoa.net/

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Company: Ancient Harvest

Category: Whole Grains

Posted: January 7, 2012

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Aunt Patty's Organic Agave Syrup

Aunt Patty's Organic Agave Syrup

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

While agave is touted as a natural fructose sweetener, it actually undergoes fairly rigid processing and manufacturing. After the Westin A Price Foundation research stated that agave must be processed through the liver in the same way as high fructose corn syrup, we don’t actively promote or support it any longer. We recommend raw honey and organic maple syrup over agave these days but still use it in some of our recipes. Aunt Patty's agave is farmed in a sustainable manner where the agave plant is harvested but left in the ground to regenerate for next season. Aunt Patty's Certified Organic Agave Syrup is also certified Kosher and is available in retail and industrial quantities. 

Agave nectar is 1.4x sweeter than sugar. It is an amber nectar that is certified organic and GMO-Free. It is stable, non-crystallizing and quick dissolving.

Company Website: http://www.auntpattys.glorybee.com/

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Company: Aunt Patty's

Category: Natural Sweeteners

Posted: January 7, 2012

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Barlean's Flaxseed Oil

Barlean's Flaxseed Oil

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

Our research tells us that Barlean's flaxseed oil is the highest quality around. They get their flaxseeds from Saskatchewan Canada and pride themselves on being 48 hour from seed to shelf. This means that only 48 hours goes by from the time the flaxseeds are harvest, pressed, bottled and brought to your health food store shelves. We are really impressed with that. Flaxseed oil is one of the richest source of vegetable-based vital Omega-3 fatty acids.  Barlean's is the freshest, best-tasting flax oil available. Barlean's flaxseed oil is pure, unfiltered and unrefined. Their proprietary cold pressing results in clean, delicious oil that doesn't need to be filtered to achieve its fresh flavor. Barlean's Fresh Flax Oil is ideal for those who aspire to nutritionally support: * Heart Health * Healthy Cholesterol Levels * Joint Mobility & Bone Density * Energy & Endurance * Healthy Blood Glucose Skin, Hair & Nail Health* Note: Never cook with flax oil. Use it on salads and store in the refrigerator. Head over to the recipes section of our site and search for Christa's Healthy Salad Dressing if you're ready to make a flax oil based dressing. 

Company Website: http://www.barleans.com/

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Company: Barlean's

Category: Oils

Posted: December 19, 2011

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Big Tree Farms White Peppercorns

Big Tree Farms White Peppercorns

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Gluten Free

White peppercorns have been known to improve digestive function and intestinal health. In the hills behind the village of Muntok, on the Indonesian island of Bangka, pepper farmers climb traditional bamboo tripods and hand-pick fruit spikes of red ripe pepper berries. The fruit spikes are packed into rice sacks and soaked in slow running streams of water that come down off the mountains above. 7 days later the outermost skin of the pepper has disintegrated and the peppercorns are piled together for a traditional trampling called “nari mereca” or the Pepper Dance. The dancing separates the peppercorns from the fruit spike and after a final washing the berries are left to dry in the sun where they will bleach to a whitish-cream.

Company Website: http://www.bigtreefarms.com/

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Company: Big Tree Farms

Category: Condiments

Posted: December 19, 2011

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