Dairy free and Gluten free Brownies
These gluten free brownies are just chock full of good things for you - almond meal, quinoa, coconut flour and coconut oil, cocoa and chia. They are full of antioxidants and good fat.
Even the sweetener is mostly fructose free. I have made these biscuits with glucose powder, also called dextrose which has no fructose in it. The fructose is the bad bit of the sugar. It is the really sweet part. Fructose is bad for people with diabetes and for many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I used just 30gr of sugar but it is the low GI sugar, also better to help keep your blood sugar more stable. If you wanted to, you could exchange this for more glucose powder. Low GI means that this food breaks down more slowly into your blood stream so it does not give the glucose rush that a high GI food gives you.
Gluten Free & nearly Fructose Free Brownies
In another bowl mix the dry ingredients
Mix the dry ingredients then all them to the oil and egg mix. Stir and add the water a bit at a time.
Spread baking paper on the oven tray.
Pop the tray into the heated oven at 160degrees C for 20 minutes.
Makes 14 brownies.
Cool before eating - if you can wait.
Because these brownies are full of the best, most nutritious flours, nuts, seeds and oils you will find that you don't need to eat as many of them as you would biscuits made out of starchy flours.
I talked last time about the problem many people have with Candida or Thrush in their body. This is affected by yeast which is used to make bread rise and to ferment beer.
Sugar feeds yeast and so when we eat sugar we are feeding the yeast in our body. The problem with sugar in our diet is that a lot of our sugar is not added to our food where we can see it.
Sugar in Drinks
We see sugar and know how much there is when we have a cup of tea or coffee - 'Milk and one for me' or 'Coffee with two please' This is the sugar we see.
Then there were those couple of cans of soda or soft drink or cordial guzzled down to quell your thirst throughout the day - again, full of sugar.
Do you like coffee milk? with about 9 teaspoons of sugar in it, the Mars Bar, Cherry Ripe or chocolate you ate on your way home - all full of sugar.
But what about sugar in your hamburger bun, sugar in the biscuits you had for morning tea or in the birthday cake you scoffed at that party. The cake was yummy and sweet (sugar) and covered in pretty icing (icing sugar - pure sugar).
No, no, you say, I only eat healthy snacks - muesli bars - full of sugar, or fruit, nut and seed bars - all full of sugar in the syrup that hold them together. It's just like toffee.
How do you make toffee? Sugar and water and sometimes a bit of butter.
Well, I can hear some of you protesting that you just don't eat sweet things so you don't have sugar. Have you looked at the ingredients list on any of the food you eat lately?
Baked beans have sugar listed in the can. Spaghetti sauce also has sugar in it. Why don't you check out any other packaged or tinned food you use, and please remember to check out your breakfast food. Some of those foods are one third sugar and yet they still get the tick of approval by authorities as a good food. Whose kidding who?
Did you check out your yoghurt, fruit juice, sauce, peanut butter and donuts?
Remember that sugar affects diabetes and can affect the immune system.
People who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) often have a large Yeast problem. Yeast is in the same family ad mould and grows in the body. It feeds on sugar.
Anybody who has been following this blog will remember that I have written a few articles about the dangers of sugar.
Sugar is also called sucrose. It is made up 50/50 of glucose and fructose. Carbohydrates in fruit, vegetables and grains are converted into glucose.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
Symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to those of CFS. There seems, as yet, no definitive test that can be done to determine exactly what CFS is. This is why it is called a syndrome.
Easing Sugar Cravings
It is important to eliminate sugar from your diet. I know this is easier said than done. Only people who have these cravings can have any idea how hard it can be. The little molecules of yeast scream blue murder if they are deprived of their food - sugar in all its forms. Remember this includes carbohydrates.
Fructose has a different affect on our body than does glucose. All our food is broken down into glucose. This is then used as our energy.
Fructose is like a stimulant. When we eat it, it does not tell our brain that we are full. Fructose spikes our insulin levels.
Changing our Diet
By experience, I have found that eliminating fructose from the diet first helps those cravings for sugar to ease.
Fruit contains lots of fructose. So that is another food to eliminate.
Lots of vegetables and grains contain carbohydrates. Remember, carbohydrates turn into glucose in our body. So lots of vegetables and grains should be eliminated.
I have a philosophy that everything should move slowly. If you eliminate these things one by one over a matter of weeks, you will not have made cravings. The little yeast beasties in your body will die off bit by bit and you will not have severe reactions to the diet. If you have a major reaction to changing your diet, you are less likely to keep the diet going.
Keep at it. You CAN do it.
More on where sugar hides next time.
The Evil of Sugar
Are you a Sugarholic?
Is Sugar Killing Us?
The Relationship Between Sugar and Cocaine
Sugar Daddy - Gary Taubes
Do you eat Fructose?
Recently I have been studying the effects of sugar on our system and particularly fructose. All I can say is that the answer to the two questions above - Is sugar killing us? and Do you eat fructose? the answer is YES.
It is very difficult in our society to buy any foods that do not have sucrose, sugar, fructose or high fructose corn syrup in them.
The following video is by Professor Lustig. Here he explains in this rather lengthy video WHY WE GET FAT and also WHY WE BECOME ILL.
It is really scary stuff. I think, by the end of it you will realise that we should stay away from sugar and especially fructose. Fructose is the sugary part of fruit so you have to be wary of fruit too.
Even if you don't have the time to watch all the video, you will get lots of information to make you stop and think what you are putting in your body. As the old saying goes - 'We are what we eat'.
Yes, according to some medical specialists in the USA, there is a connection between sugar and cocaine. Just like cocaine, we need more and more sugar to give us the same pleasure we get from sweetened substances. When we eat sugar it lights up the same area in the brain that lights up when cocaine in ingested.
A pediatric endocrinologist on 60 minutes television show tells us here just what he thinks of sugar. He believes it causes heart disease - cardio vascular disease (CVD).
Another medical specialist tells how his research shows that sugar spikes insulin which in turn is taken up by tumours, that is, cancer in our body, and feeds on the insulin. His message? Cut sugar, cut insulin, stop the cancer growing.
These medical specialists are firm in their belief that there is a public health crisis and it is caused by the sugar and high fructose corn syrup added to our food and that we must limit our consumption of sugar for our own health's sake.
Watch these experts here and maybe you will be able to start limiting your sugar intake so that you can stay healthy or return to health.
Here is a short video by author Gary Taubes. He is talking about the subject of his book SUGAR, sharing with us what his scientific knowledge has found.
Gary's book is 'Good Calories, Bad Calories'. In it he shares with us all the research about sugar and diabetes, sugar and insulin, sugar and weight loss, sugar and obesity and much more.
If you are affected by any of the above, please listen to what he has to say.
Here, David Gillespie shares with us his ideas about sugar and obesity problems. David has written books about just this problem - Sweet Poison Quit Plan and others.
He tells us the foods to avoid and what we can now eat if we give up sugar.
Let's give it a try and become healthier along the way.
Please watch the video to get you started. Let me know how you go.
You may also like to watch the three previous videos on this blog about fructose and the danger it holds for our health. Sugar is made up of 50% fructose and 50% sucrose.
The Dangers of Fructose
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Fructose
Fructose and Weight Gain
The Evil of Sugar
Who wants to get sick?
Just eat sugar!
Judith Hallfrisch PhD found after doing lots of studies that the risk of cardio vascular disease went up when people ate sugar. When they ate complex carbohydrates the risk was less.
Dr Atkins, in his treatment of patients with obesity and diabetes found over many years that an extremely low level of carbohydrates improved people's health remarkably, helping them to lose weight and reverse diabetes.
Please watch this video telling us a little about the 'Evils of Sugar"
Dr Richard Johnson is telling us in his videos about the connection between Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and fructose.
Fructose is found in sugar. Fructose makes up 50% of sugar. The other 50% of sugar is glucose.
Fructose is also found in fruit. So to improve our health we could cut back of those sugary drinks that are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and improve our health at the same time.
Please listen to the second part of what Dr Johnson has to say.
If you have seen the previous videos on my site by Dr Richard Johnson you will be getting the idea of the connection between fructose found in sugar and fruit and the incidence of high levels of uric acid, the growing incidence of cardio vascular disease, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes and the depletion of energy so many people are experiencing.
Fructose is being increasingly held responsible for dementia, fatty liver and inflammation.
It is worth re-evaluating our diet and excluding fructose. We might feel better from it.
Let me know if you have any success.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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