Artificial vs Natural Sweeteners

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Artificial vs Natural Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are surrounded by lots of controversy, despite many studies showing they’re safe when eaten in moderation.

But beyond toxicity concerns, artificial sweeteners are problematic for many people who’re trying to lose weight because they’ve been linked to increased cravings for sugary foods.

If you’re trying to lose weight, a better strategy is to retrain your palate toward healthier, less-sweet choices.

There are many no- or low-calorie natural sweeteners available that can be used as healthy alternatives to sugar.

Recipe of the Day:  German Chocolate Brownies

This sinful and irresistible (and gluten-free!) brownie is cakey, moist, and sweet.

Dark cocoa powder and coconut add richness to the flavor.

If you don’t like coconut, you can use an equal amount of almond meal instead.

Makes 25 brownies

1 cup quinoa flour

2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup agave nectar

1/4 cup canola oil

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit with an oven rack in the center position.

Lightly coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with canola oil cooking spray.

Combine the quinoa flour, coconut, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Add the agave nectar, oil, eggs, and vanilla and stir just to combine.

Stir in the nuts.

There will be 2-1/2 cups of batter.

Pour the batter into the baking pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out barely clean.

The brownies will just be starting to shrink from the sides of the pan.

Don’t overbake.

Cool completely in the pan on a rack.

Cut into 25 brownies.

Per brownie:  120 calories, 6 g total fat (2 g saturated), 15 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 16 g total carbohydrates (11 g sugars), 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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from Flavor First by Cheryl Forberg, RD

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