Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Run for the roses

photo by Adrian Scottow

Back when I lived in Florida, I was friends with a couple from Louisville who threw the most awesome Kentucky Derby parties. Guests would show up in big hats, white gloves and seersucker and sip on Bourbon, while placing bets on the horses. Since then, I've added a trip to the Kentucky Derby to my bucket list...some day I will attend the actual event, oh yes! And with my new favorite horse - I'll have another! (best name ever, amirite?) - vying for the Triple Crown, my desire to attend a race is only multiplied.
Why am I babbling on about horse racing? Well, turns out today was National Mint Julep Day. While I'm not a regular imbiber of this particular cocktail, it does make for the perfect horse racing drink. Even better, I recently found a sugar-free version. Holla! You can thank me the next time you're in a Kentucky state of mind.

Low Carb Mint Julep
Ingredients:
10 large fresh mint leaves
1 sprig of mint for garnish
2 teaspoons granulated Splenda
Club soda or seltzer
Crushed ice
3 ounces Blanton’s Single Barrel, Wild Turkey, or good Kentucky sippin’ whiskey
Directions: 
1) Place the mint leaves into the bottom of the cup; add the Splenda and muddle the leaves until they start to break down.
2) Add a jigger of soda or seltzer and swirl; fill the glass with crushed ice.
3) Add the bourbon, top off with another splash of seltzer, the sprig of mint, and drink.
One or two of these and you’ll think you’re in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs.

Safety and Benefits of Sucralose Confirmed by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Great news for sucralose lovers! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, recently reaffirmed the safety and benefits of low calorie sweeteners. As I've said a million times, low calorie sweeteners (especially sucralose), are great options when you want to lower your daily sugar intake -and they can be part of a healthy diet or weight maintenance plan.

Specifically on sucralose, AND concluded:

"Sucralose does not increase food intake. Modest energy savings can result if sucralose replaces sugar-sweetened products in a form that is also lower energy."

Also:

"Limited research in human beings, from peer reviewed journals, did not find an association between adverse effects and the intake of sucralose in the general population."

Monday, May 21, 2012

All about sucralose safety

A couple years ago, one of my then roommates told me she thought I was crazy for putting Splenda in my coffee every morning. Her reason? That it wasn't safe for consumption. Of course, she said this while smoking a cigarette, which I thought was only the slightest bit ironic.

More recently, a pregnant gal pal told me she was swearing off sucralose-sweetened products because she was worried about the impact on her future child. She also mentioned that she didn't plan to let her soon-to-be little one ingest anything containing sucralose, as the products are probably bad for children. Sigh.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Sweet news about chocolate

photo by John Loo
And today isn't even my birthday! According to an article on theskinnyonlowcal.org, new research reveals that people who eat chocolate several times a week are actually leaner than those who don't eat any. According to the study, chocolate may actually boost metabolism and inhibit fat absorption, resulting in a lower body mass index. As someone who definitely enjoys a little something sweet on a regular basis, this is music to my ears!

This is not the first study to highlight the benefits of chocolate. For years, scientists have claimed that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure. In addition, dark chocolate has a number of antioxidants that help balance certain hormones in the body, reduce the formation of free radicals and lower cholesterol. On the other hand, eating large quantities of any energy-rich food such as chocolate increases the risk of obesity.