September 2011

September 1, 2011 in 2011 by Joyce Bunderson

In this Issue

Hi everyone and welcome to Dr. Grandma’s Newsletter for September 2011. We are refocusing the newsletter on topics that we at Dr. Grandma’s are concerned about — health and nutrition. This newsletter contains:

  • Healthy Living
  • Announcements
  • Links of Interest

Healthy Living

The Importance of Reducing Added Sugars

You only need to read the papers, watch the news or look around to know that there is an obesity and diabetes epidemic.

  • Statistic indicate more than 64 percent of Americans are overweight or obese.
  • Diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages — 8.3 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Heart attack, stroke, osteoarthritis, and some cancers are associated with being overweight.

Calories from added sugars (such as high fructose corn syrup, honey, molasses, agave and sugar) are a big part of the problem – they contain no nutrients, cause insulin levels to rise rapidly and usually end up stored as fat by the body.

A Delightful Solution

The good news is that you and your family can still enjoy sweetness without adding empty calories. Dr. Grandma’s Delight is a great tasting zero-calorie, natural sweetener that will help you meet your dietary goals of just a little or no added sugar — without artificial sweeteners.

It is great in baked goods — Dr. Grandma uses Delight in her whole grain mixes. You can substitute it for sugar, measure for measure, in all of your recipes that call for sugar. Dr. Grandma’s Delight is a proprietary blend of erythritol and fruit extracts.

Erythritol, a type of natural sugar substitute which is about 70% as sweet as sucrose (common table sugar) is an odorless powder with a clean sweet taste that is similar to sucrose. Based on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling requirements, Erythritol has a caloric value of 0.2 calories per gram (that’s 95% less than sugar and other carbohydrates) — Japan and some other countries label it at zero calories. The fruit extracts in Dr. Grandma’s Delight, makes the Delight as sweet as sugar.

How Long Has Erythritol Been Around?

Erythritol has been part of the human diet for thousands of years, as it is naturally found in fruits such as pears, melons, grapes, and mushrooms. Erythritol is added to foods to provide sweetness, as well as enhance their taste and texture. Erythritol is on the FDA’s GRAS List (Generally Recognized As Safe).

Safe for Diabetics

Erythritol does not affect blood sugar; therefore, it is safe for people with diabetes. It can also be useful for those on carbohydrate-restricted diets; and for weight management.

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Wheat Berries

Have you ever tried wheat berries? A wheat berry is an unprocessed wheat kernel that has not been cracked. Each wheat berry still has its high-fiber outer bran layer and its inner germ portion. Doctor Grandma’s Wheat Berries are selected from the highest quality, extra-nutritious, hard red spring wheat. They are certified to be organically grown without pesticides or chemicals.

When cooked, wheat berries have a nut-like taste with a softly chewy and delightful texture. When milled, they provide the freshest, most perfect whole wheat flour – different textures, from cracked wheat for cereals, medium flours for delicious hot-from-the oven breads, or pastry flours. When sprouted, the wheat berries provide salad greens loaded with nature’s choice and healthy nutrients. Whole wheat is an important protein source, especially for those who consume limited animal protein. The hard wheats such as Dr. Grandma’s Wheat Berries are 11 to 14% protein.

Here are some of Dr. Grandma’s most popular wheat berry recipes:

Posts in August

Did you miss any of these articles? These were some of the most popular blog posts and the most fun to write:

  • Protein: How Much? Which Sources? — in this August 30th post Dr. Grandma provides great information about how much protein you need and ways to determine how much protein you are eating.
  • Steps to Banishing My Diabetes Worry Wart — this August 16th blog Dr. Grandma gives some ideas for lowering your diabetes risk factors.
  • Starting an “In a Hurry” Menu Idea List — in this August 9th posts Dr. Grandma shares a list of healthy menu ideas that you can refer to when perplexed about ‘what’s for dinner.’
  • Built to Move — in this August 4 posts Mary Ireland discusses the importance of movement and new studies on activity as a preventative for cognitive impairment.
  • Mmm Mmm Good – the Salt of the Earth — in this August 2nd post, Dr. Grandma discusses the Campbell Soup’s July 12, 2011 presentation to their investors. Although the COO said at the beginning of the meeting that reducing the sodium was the ‘right thing for Campbell’s to do’ … (I think you know how this might end.)

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