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Thursday, September 30, 2010


Many of you have been asking me for my raw granola recipe.  Well it's actually Stella's!  So here it is...

Why use Jerusalem Artichoke Syrup as a sweetener?

Jeruselum Artichoke Syrup tastes sweet because it contains Fructans—which act very differently than fructose and glucose in the human body.    Fructans are polymers of fructose, which are found in the root fibers of very few flowering plant species.  Because Jeruselum Artichoke Syrup contains 40% fiber, it allows for the feeling of fullness for an extended period of time, as fiber remains intact until it reaches the large intestine. Thus, providing satiety and a steady supply of blood glucose to the body and brain over long period of time.

Jerusalem Artichoke Syrup not only aids in digestion because it is high in fiber but it also contains pre-bioitics.  Pre-biotics feed the pro-biotics in the gut, therefore, increasing the healthy flora in the intestines. Because Fructans do not require insulin for digestion, they are excellent for people who are interested in maintaining steady blood sugar levels throughout the day. (Everyone interested in optimal health should be concerned with maintaining healthy blood sugar levelsJ)  Energy depression comes when the body dumps insulin into the blood in an attempt to reduce the blood sugar spike that is caused by eating foods which rapidly increase blood glucose: like corn syrup, cane sugar, agave, honey, and even fruit. 

You are in charge of your blood sugar levels.  Choose wisely what you eat and you will have sustained energy throughout the day; you will feel better and experience less dis-ease and weight gain.  Let your body be the judge; tune-in to how all foods feel in your body immediately after eating them. Eat slowly and pay close attention.  Eating small meals and NEVER combining sweet and savory (salty) foods together in the same meal is the first step to easy digestion and feeling good after you eat. 

Imagine a time before humans had access to excessive amounts of sweet food: a time before crops of fruit trees and refined and sugars.  Spikes in blood sugar was not possible.  The body was not designed to handle an onslaught of sugar throughout the day.  That is why a repeated pattern of this is incredibly taxing over time—resulting in inflammation, fatigue, and disease… By choosing sweeteners, which serve this delicate balance of pH and sugars in the body, we can create an internal environment that is supportive to the immune system. 

eating large amounts of fresh fruit
all white or processed sugars--even organic!
maple syrup
corn syrup (highly toxic)
large amounts of honey (more than 1/2 teaspoon per serving)
agave (mimics corn syrup in the body


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    1. We grow sun-chokes in pots. Extremely easy to grow. Do not plant in your garden because they will take it over. Harvest in winter.

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