Archive | February, 2009

Truvia and PureVia: The Controversy of Stevia

26. February 2009

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Truvia and PureVia: The Controversy of Stevia

In our first two pieces about the new sweeteners Truvia and PureVia, we covered the history of saccharin (another artificial sweetener) and the science behind rebiana, the latest sweetener in both Truvia and PureVia. Now, in our final view of Truvia and PureVia we take a look at the political history of stevia - the base of rebiana, opinions of some of the major players in this debate and offer our final views on the subject.

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Low Calorie Diets – Ideal Nutrition or Starvation?

24. February 2009

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Low Calorie Diets – Ideal Nutrition or Starvation?

Most people think a low-calorie diet is the epitome of health. Diet drinks stress their lack of calories as a major selling point, as do perfectly portioned meals. “Eat small amounts, as few fats as possible, and you’ll feel better” – or so the advice goes. But how healthy is a restricted calorie diet? Should we all just be eating less?

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The Science Behind Truvia and PureVia Sweeteners (Rebiana)

23. February 2009

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The Science Behind Truvia and PureVia Sweeteners (Rebiana)

The idea of a real, zero calorie sweetener has been a goal of many agribusiness giants for some time but have Truvia and PureVia been adequately tested? Nutrition Wonderland has gone through the science surrounding these new sweeteners and spoken with some major industry players to get the scoop. We have found some positives and some serious negatives, which we will review here.

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Who Owns Organic? The Organic Corporate Brand List v1.4

19. February 2009

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Who Owns Organic? The Organic Corporate Brand List v1.4

Ever wonder who owns organic brands you see on the shelves in the grocery store? Better still - which of all these new organic brands belongs to whom? Well, it turns out you have come to the right place. (Thanks goes to Nicholas_T over at Flickr for that killer preview photo)

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Mailbag: Clare Island Organic Salmon Omega-3s

18. February 2009

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Mailbag: Clare Island Organic Salmon Omega-3s

My local grocery store carries the Clare Island Organic Salmon from Ireland brand. I've learned from you and others that the level of omega 3 in wild vs farm raised salmon is largely based on the diet fed the fish. I'd like to know if the organic fish raised by this company are fed a diet that results in a higher level of omega 3s? Specifically, how does the level of omega 3s in this fish compare to that of wild caught Alaskan salmon?

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CBC: Helminthic Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases

17. February 2009

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Parasitic Worms: The Building Blocks Of Good Health?!?

17. February 2009

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Parasitic Worms: The Building Blocks Of Good Health?!?

In countries like the USA and the UK, inflammatory diseases - like allergies, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disorders, and even some kinds of atherosclerosis, depression and cancer - are all on the rise. Meanwhile, these same developed nations have almost completely eradicated parasitic infections like they're the plague. Three papers published in the journal Immunology might have an unexpected answer that brings together these seemingly disconnected trends: it might be a lack of parasites that is aiding the increase of inflammatory diseases in our hygiene-obsessed, over-developed world.

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Breastfeeding Fends Off Breast Cancer

6. February 2009

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Breastfeeding Fends Off Breast Cancer

Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. Human milk is ideally formulated to be the perfect food for our infants. But did you know breastfeeding is just as healthy for Mom, too? Not only does it help you bond with your child, it may just prevent breast cancer later in life.

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Truvia and PureVia – A Window to the Past or the Future?

6. February 2009

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Truvia and PureVia – A Window to the Past or the Future?

In the coming weeks, we will be examining two new sweeteners called Truvia and PureVia that are being released into the American food supply in the first half of 2009. They are derivative of a naturally sweet plant called Stevia, which has been used around the world for quite some time now to sweeten drinks and native dishes. But before we dig deeply into the science around the new Stevia-based sweeteners, we think it would instructive to learn the history of synthetic sweeteners in America - as the past is usually the best predictor of the future.

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