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On our sweetener radar is Amax's new luo han guo-based products that just got the green light from the FDA. I always try not to get too excited when a new sweetener appears on the horizon - be still my heart! Usually sweeteners fail to reach our exacting standards, but this does look especially promising. And we've always loved the sweetness of luo han guo. We should be getting samples from Amax very soon. I'll keep you posted.
It's biology. Orexin joins insulin as another reason to decrease the carbs we eat. Carbs are metabolized into glucose, aka "blood sugar". Blood sugar increases insulin, which tells our bodies to stop using fat as an energy source and to store it instead (ouch!). On top of that, blood sugar also leads to a decrease in orexin, a hormone that promotes wakefulness and activity. It's that "sugar low". So when you want an energy hit, go for caffeine or some of our chocolate - not something with sugar "energy".
Whole Foods Markets' site offers a lot of useful, general information on nutrition, food prep, health, recipes and a bunch of other topics. You can even get nutritional panels on their site for vegetables and fruits.
Find out about food ingredients, and a whole bunch more, at Ingredients/Science Toys and at USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory.
Even when you are counting carbs or calories, fast food dining is still a part of life. To help you make the best choices you can, there's fast food counts. It doesn't give the fiber count, but it's safe to assume there is a negligible amount. You can search by food or store, including Burger King, Cousins Subs, Dairy Queen, Dunkin' Donuts, In-N-Out Burger, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and White Castle.
When I am in "the serious mode" I love the help Black Cat Systems' "Diet Sleuth" gives me. It has an extensive list of foods, but, more importantly, you can add your own foods to the list along with the nutritional counts that matter to you. And there's a "favorites" list you create of the foods you eat often. Each individual food and your total fat/carbs/protein for the day is shown numerically and as a pie chart. So you know at a glance which food is acceptable and how your diet is going for the day. There's also a graphing function that you can use to look at longer times. I usually hate entering in data and such, but for some reason, I find this program fun and it really focuses you on what you are eating. Black Cat Systems offers a 15 day free trial that's not by time, but by how many days you enter data. So you don't have to worry about starting it right away and using it faithfully over a specified length of time. Very nice way to have a trial period.
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