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Good Foods Grocery
(804) 740-3518
1312 Gaskins Rd
Richmond, VA

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Upper Valley Food Co-Op
193 N Main St
White River Junction, VA
 
Ellwood Thompson's Natural Market
(804) 359-7525
4 N. Thompson Street
Richmond, VA

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The Herbal Market
932 W Grace St
Richmond, VA
 
Ellwood Thompson's Natural Market
(804) 359-7525?
4 N Thompson St
Richmond, VA
 
Good Foods Grocery
(804) 740-3518
1312 Gaskins Rd
Richmond, VA
 
Ellwood Thompson's Natural Market
(804) 359-7525
4 N. Thompson Street
Richmond, VA
 
Good Foods Grocery
(804) 320-6767
3062 Stony Point Rd
Richmond, VA
 
Good Foods Grocery
(804) 320-6767
3062 Stony Point Rd
Richmond, VA

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One Earth Natural Marketplace
(804) 883-8999
17099 Mountain Road
Montpelier, VA
 
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Natural Sweeteners to Replace Sugar

Recently, we have seen a lot of articles and posts on different types of sweeteners, but it can all get a little overwhelming…or at the very least, confusing. I personally believe that the more natural (meaning less processed) the sweetener is, the better it is. The term ’processed’ tends to create some controversy. So let me explain: Some people believe that if the food isn’t found in nature, and isn’t untouched or derived by humans , it is processed. Others believe if the product has been slightly cooked , it isn’t completely raw and as a result, it is processed. Others believe that a small amount of processing to create the food is ‘okay.’ Personally, I believe the less processed the food is, the better, but I am also realistic that a lot of the foods we eat, to some degree, have been processed (E.g., frozen berries are picked, flash frozen and then packaged, ultimately, being lightly processed).

When it comes to sweeteners, I prefer to stay clear of anything that is chemically derived in a lab (E.g., aspartame, splenda, saccharin, etc.) . I avoid using table sugar when possible and avoid any foods containing high fructose corn syrup . I get most of my ‘sugar’ from whole fruit and milk products. Although I indulge in organic dark chocolate to curb my sweet tooth cravings, I tend not to have a lot of sugar in my diet. That said, we are human, and sweet foods do make up part of our life. As a result, I’ve put together a brief list of some natural sweeteners to consider as substitutes for plain old sugar.

Sweetener What it Is Considerations
Agave nectar The agave (uh-gah-vay) plant comes from Mexico. Its fleshy leaves cover the pineapple-shaped heart of the plant, which contains a sweet sticky juice called Agave Nectar. Benefits: It has a low glycemic level and is a safe alternative to table sugar. Unlike the crystalline form of fructose, which is refined primarily from corn, agave syrup is fructose in its natural form. This nectar does not contain processing chemicals. Even better, because fructose is sweeter than table sugar, less is needed in your recipes. It can be most useful for people who are diabetic, have insulin resistance (Syndrome X), or are simply watching their carbohydrate intake.
Fructose A natural low-glycemic sugar that’s found in fruit. You can also find it in granulated form at health-food stores. Fructose is sweeter than regular table sugar, so you need less. Concerns: Research indicates that ingesting lots of fructose, especially in processed form (sodas and beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup), can elevate the lipids that increase heart disease. As a result, consume fructose in moderation and in its most natural form (fruit) whenever possible.
Honey Sweet syrupy fluid made by bees from the nectar collected from flowers and stored in nests or hives as food. It is composed of fr...

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The FDA FINALLY Approves Stevia

by Brett Blumenthal

In the middle of December, the FDA FINALLY approved Rebiana, the best part of the stevia plant, as a safe and natural sweetener. HOORAY. As most of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of stevia , as it is a natural herb that provides a potent sweet taste without any calories or any chemical crap that you will find in artificial sweeteners. That said, Stevia tends to be extremely potent, has a bit of an aftertaste and has a consistency that is a bit like confection sugar, making it difficult to use. Truvia and PureVia, two new sweetners that have recently come to the market, are formulated to be more like sugar.

Truvia and PureVia are made with rebiana, the most tasty part of the stevia leaf, and Erythritol, a sugar alcohol, naturally found in some fruits that is 60-70% as sweet as table sugar yet it is almost non-caloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, and is absorbed by the body, which means that it is unlikely to cause gastric side effects. PureVia also has isomaltulose, which is a natural part of honey and sugar cane and has a very natural sweet taste, with a very low glycemic index. So what is my verdict on the products? Great!

Here are my reasons:

It is hard to overdo the serving size. Truvia and PureVia are sold in serving size packets, making it easier to use. It has a better taste. Because of the way they are formulated, they don’t have the same aftertaste that pure stevia has. Better consistency. It doesn’t seem as powdery, but instead is more granulated, like sugar.

All of this said, I do think it is sad that the FDA would not approve stevia as a sweetener because of its loyalty to sugar manufacturers and other major food companies. It took Cargill, Truvia’s manufacturer, and Merisant, PureVia’s manufacturer to finally get rebiana and stevia noticed as being a healthful option to sugar. Now, Pepsi and Coca-Cola are chomping at the bit to include these natural sweetener in their...

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