Food For Thought: The Sweet Life: A Natural Sugar You’ll Love

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Many people look at the time right after Halloween up until the New Year as a total diet loss. Sweets are everywhere, from candy to desserts. And, when January rolls around, we get depressed about it. What if I told you that you can eat desserts without consuming too much sugar? The secret is Xylitol (zy-li-tall)!

Xylitol is an all natural sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar, and is naturally occurring in many fruits and vegetables. It’s NOT an artificial sweetener made with chemicals.

Once extracted and processed it’s a white, crystalline granule that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. You cut your calories by 40% and your carbohydrates at 74%. It’s good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Xylitol is slowly absorbed as a complex carbohydrate.

When we look at the glycemic index of sweeteners, the higher the number, the more quickly the carbohydrates break down thus causing a spike in blood sugar. Now High fructose Corn Syrup used in most processed cookies and pastries is at the top of the chart at 100. Honey a more natural sweetener but still very high at 62, while Agave Nectar is 15. But better yet, Xylitol is 7 on a scale of 100.

As a Holistic Nutritionist, I highly recommend Xylitol to my clients, friends and family. Not all Xylitol is created equal in terms of quality and flavor, however you can rest assured you are getting the highest quality Xylitol, and products made with Xylitol, at

You can purchase it by the pound and start baking right away….GUILT FREE!!

Learn more about healthy eating at Karen Roth’s website,

About Karen Roth

Hi. My name is Karen Roth, and I’m a Holistic Nutritionist. Okay, I know what you’re thinking… quick, hide the food; the snack police is here! No need to panic. I describe myself as a “practical” nutritionist, one who doesn’t go to extremes one way or the other and understands that life is challenging enough without having to torture yourself by cutting out many of the things you enjoy. Most of us have limited time to shop for food and to cook healthier meals. And a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to what and how we all eat. Trust me, I get it.

In my early years out of college when I was bartending, my eating and drinking habits were anything but healthy. But, then you grow up and start thinking about the bigger picture and listening more to what your body is telling you. My pre-nutritionist days were on the corporate treadmill where stress and snacking at the desk was part of my daily routine. Never enough hours in the day and proper eating was always at the bottom of my list.

It wasn’t until I broke my jaw in a freak accident that my food life really changed. When you’re wired shut for two months and denied the food you need for your very existence, you begin to look at the world a little differently. When I healed myself, primarily by creating my own foods I could sip through a straw, I decided to pursue something that was always of interest to me… nutrition. Pulling the plug on the corporate treadmill, I went back to school for three years to get my Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition. I then opened a practice in Valencia, California, and I’m pleased to say that over the years I have helped so many people improve the quality of their lives by helping them make simple changes in their diets and lifestyle.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time-consuming or tasteless, and it is my intention to bring you practical tips each week on how to fit in nutrition one bite at a time. In addition to being practical, I’m also positive so you don’t have to worry that I am going to be Debby Downer and tell you that everything you put in your mouth is going to kill you. Instead, I will offer you easy to implement, simple strategies to help you improve your health. I’ll be introducing new foods (that taste good – because I don’t eat anything that tastes like sawdust or is unappetizing) and new habits that are realistic. I hope you’ll join me as a regular reader and together we’ll build the healthier you with FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

(Karen Roth, MS, NC is a graduate of Hawthorn University’s Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition training program. She helps her clients to take control of their health with foods choices that best support their specific health condition and specific metabolic type and believes that every ill health condition can benefit and possibly improve from a solid foundation of healthy foods choices. Visit her website at