Product of the Month – Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox

Product of the Month Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox

Sugar is the new smoking; it is addictive and linked to a wide range of serious health problems and, like cigarettes 20 years ago, there are no health warnings on high-sugar foods.  Sugar and refined carbohydrates from white bread, pasta, bakery items, cereals and sweetened beverages can disrupt your blood sugar balance over time. Another problem is that sugar makes healthy food taste worse, as our taste buds are conditioned to the sweetness of sugary foods.

Recently a sugar detox was found to be a very successful way to reduce sugar cravings (within a few days), reduce desire for sugary foods, and improve the taste of healthier alternatives. A sugar detox could be the start of your road to better energy levels, better mood and a whole list of other ‘betters’.

Viridian, the company we love for their ethical stance just as for their brilliantly effective products, have just brought out a great tool in the fight to change our sugary ways, The 7 Day Sugar Detox. The great thing is that it’s not just a product (although the combination of cinnamon and chromium that it contains probably is THE nutritional path to better blood sugar balance), it also comes with great support in the form of a free app which helps you track just how much sugar, much of it hidden in foods, you’re currently eating, how to make better food choices to support the supplement’s action and lots of information on just how refined carbohydrates are bad for your metabolism.

Product of the Month Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox

There’s even a suggested mealplan and recipes for each meal of the day, with many of them from, our friend of the store, Oliver McCabe’s Fuel Food Cookbook (Viridian and Oliver are now working closely together).  You can view the meal plans, recipes and shopping list here so there’s no guessing work!

We’re hugely behind this great new tool on the road to better health, so much so that’s we’re prepared to do it ourselves!  So make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook page to see how we’re getting on!  And at less than €10 for a week’s supply what have you got to lose (except low mood and energy and a few inches round the waistline maybe?).

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The Lowdown on Natural Sweeteners

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It’s a fact that Ireland is getting fatter and, as people strive to buck the trend while still occasionally satisfying a sweet tooth, we’re frequently asked which of the many natural sweeteners we recommend people to use. Firstly I’d say it’s a matter of frequency. If your sweet treat is a once a week indulgence your choice will have less impact, if it’s more often think carefully. Before thinking about sweeteners at all give some thought to other refined carbohydrates like white flour and pasta and maybe cut them out or way down first. Then look at some of the unrefined natural sweeteners you can use in your own cooking and which are finding their way more and more into bought products.

Natural Sweeteners options:

stevia imageStevia is extracted from the leaves of a plant called Stevia rebaudiana and has been used for sweetening for centuries in South America. It’s compounds make it many times sweeter than sugar without any of the calories. It has been linked with health benefits like lowering elevated blood pressure and lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics. However… many people dislike the taste of Stevia. It does depend on the brand though, you may need to experiment to find one that you like.

How to use Stevia: Unlike raw honey, stevia is heat stable, so feel free to use it in any way you desire. Remember, it’s 200 times sweeter than sugar, so don’t use it in the same ratio. For baking, this can present a problem, as refined sugar gives bulk to recipes. However, this can be easily rectified. To make up for the lost bulk when using stevia, use 1/3 to ½ cup of one of the following bulking agents: fresh fruit puree, yogurt, roasted winter squash, two whipped egg whites, or you can use 1–2 tablespoons of coconut flour.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol with a sweetness similar to sugar. It contains 2.4 calories per gram, or about 75% of the caloric value of sugar. It appears to have some benefits for dental health, reducing the risk of cavities and dental decay. It may also improve bone density, helping to prevent osteoporosis and it doesn’t raise blood sugar or insulin levels.

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