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Expert Recommends Soda Pop To Clean Toilet

COKE AS A TOILET CLEANER

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Here’s a clip from a household cleaning expert on AOL News.  He recommends using Coca Cola to clean toilets.  If Coca Cola is that effective cleaning the bowl, then is it safe to drink?

EMPTY CALORIES

Wholistic health advocate, Dr. Joseph Mercola doesn’t recommend drinking soda pop because it contains high amounts of sugar, calories, harmful additives, and has no nutritional value.

According to U.S. News, a recent study by Harvard University concluded that every year, there are 180,000 preventable deaths worldwide due to the consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks.

SIDE EFFECTS AND SUGAR FREE DRINKS

Thinking of replacing regular soda pop with a diet drink?  You’d better read the label to find out what type of artificial sweetener is in your drink.  Aspartame is a chemical sweetener found in soda pop.  It’s sold under the brand name Equal, and NutraSweet.

According to Dr. Mercola, there are over 92 different health side effects associated with ingesting aspartame.  Read more about The Real Dangers of Soda To You And Your Children on his website.

Soda consumption is associated with pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Stevia: Healthy Sugar Substitute

WHAT IS STEVIA?

Stevia is a tropical plant bearing leaves that are very sweet.  Growing primarily in Paraguay and Brazil, stevia is a wild herb in the chrysanthemum family.  Stevia has been used in South America for hundreds of years as a natural sweetener.

STEVIA PLANT

STEVIA PLANT

WHY USE STEVIA INSTEAD OF SUCROSE?

There are no calories in stevia, and yet, it is much sweeter than sucrose (white sugar). Stevia doesn’t raise blood sugar.  It provides an alternative to people on low carbohydrate diets, diabetics, and as a weight-loss aide.  Current research indicates that stevia does not harm teeth.

If you’re a diabetic, and are in doubt about using stevia, check with your health-care practitioner.  If your doctor is unfamiliar with stevia, do your own research, and bring it to their attention.

HOW DO I USE STEVIA?

Stevia is used just like sucrose (white sugar).  Since it’s sweeter than white sugar, you’ll need to adjust your recipe, and use less.  Go to stevia.com for recipes about breakfast foods, beverages, breads and muffins, desserts, jams and jellies, salads and soups.

WHERE CAN I BUY STEVIA? 

STEVIA POWDER

STEVIA POWDER

Stevia is sold in powder, liquid, or handy packets.  Whole Foods Markets, and most health food stores sell stevia  Here are some online stevia shopping websites: Stevia.com, HealthyShoppingNetwork.com, and Amazon.com.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore, and Blue Moon Personal Training

Xylitol: A Healthy Sugar Subsitute

WHAT IS XYLITOL?

XYLITOL IN A 2.5 LB. BAG

Xylitol is a nutritive sugar found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables.  The most common sources of extraction are corn cobs, and trees.  Since it’s plant-derived, xylitol isn’t classified as an artificial sweetener.

Xylitol looks, and tastes just like sucrose (white sugar).  It’s used in baking, and cooking.  You can sweeten your coffee, tea or cocoa with it.  Measurement equivalent is the same as table sugar.

WHY USE XYLITOL INSTEAD OF SUCROSE?

Xylitol has health benefits.  It prevents tooth decay, and nasal infections, and can be used safely by diabetics.  There are about 40 percent fewer carbohydrates in xylitol, and about 75 percent fewer carbohydrates, than sucrose (white sugar).  If you are a diabetic, it’s always best to check with your health care practitioner about sugar substitutes.

Xylitol is a food, not a drug.  Therefore, food packaging labels carry no claims.  If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of xylitol, visit Xylitol.org, and WebMD.  Xylitol sweetener is usually sold in bags.  You can buy it at Amazon.com, at   XylitolUSA.com.   Xylitol.org provides many links to other product sites.

XYLITOL IS NOT SAFE FOR CATS AND DOGS

Xylitol is safe for humans, but not for cats and dogs.  Never feed your cat or dog anything containing xylitol.  Even in small amounts, it is toxic, and can be fatal.  An article appearing in the July 2012 issue of The Seattle Times, explains why.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore, and Blue Moon Personal Training