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Dr. Micozzi says I often report on the disturbing findings linking zero-calorie artificial sweeteners to the medical problems they are supposedly meant to prevent. Artificial sweeteners create weight gain, larger waistlines, and obesity. Furthermore, studies associate them with a higher risk of developing Type II diabetes. Just exactly how artificial sweeteners cause these problems has been a mystery. Theories run the gamut. Some say they increase the body’s craving for more sweet foods and sugars from other sources. Others say they alter brain chemistry. Still others say the artificial sweeteners cause some fundamental alteration in metabolism. Read more… »

Story at-a-glance

  • The documentary Consuming Kids reveals the shrewd practices of the multi-billion dollar marketing machine designed to turn your kids into loyal, lifelong consumers who will also influence how the entire family spends its money
  • Children age two to 11 now see an average of more than 10 television food ads per day. Ninety-eight percent of food advertisements viewed by children are for products that are high in fat, sugar, or sodium. Most are also low in fiber
  • A UN official recently warned that obesity is a bigger global health threat than tobacco use, and that this fact isn’t taken as seriously as it should be
  • He urges nations to place stricter regulations on unhealthy foods, restrict junk food advertising, and amend agricultural subsidies that make unhealthy processed foods cheaper than healthy foods
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pepsi2If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably already know a little about how diet soda (whatever brand it might be) can be considered the opposite of ‘brain food’. Or, to be more specific, how the synthetic sweetener it almost always contains — aspartame – is capable of literally exciting brain cells to death, especially when ingested by children or the elderly whose blood-brain barrier may not be fully functional. Read more… »

Statistically speaking, there’s a very good chance that you know someone who has had a heart attack. You also are quite likely to know several more individuals who have cardiovascular disease but are unaware of it and the fact that their lives are in jeopardy as a result. But here’s the clincher: if you’re over 50, there’s a better than even chance that you yourself fit into one of these two categories. You may need Nattokinase.

It is generally accepted that the Japanese have longer life spans with far fewer health problems associated with cardiovascular disease than almost any other nationality in the world. Of course, part of this record can be attributed to a diet high in grains, vegetables and fish. However new research has shown that another important and relatively little known aspect of the Japanese diet, a fermented food called natto, plays a very large part in Japanese cardiovascular health. It was also what led researchers to discover the enzyme Nattokinase, an essential component of natto. Read more… »

Growing Stevia Plants

When the Stevia plants first arrive water them thoroughly to settle the soil. Keep in partial shade for a day or two then plant in full sun. We find that Stevia will grow in almost any climate, if it is given the correct soil, fertilizer, and light conditions. Stevia is not frost hardy and must be planted each year. In areas where there is no frost, Stevia is still replanted each year, due to the poor growth of the 2nd year root system.

Stevia should be planted in the spring after the soil temperature reaches 65 deg F. Plant in full sun and in a light, sandy, open, well drained soil with neutral pH. Use a standard garden fertilized. Do not use a lawn fertilizer or fertilizers with high nitrogen. Adding extra Boron will help keep the Stevioside level high.

Stevia should be harvested in the fall. The leaves contain about 12% Stevioside (one of the sweet factors). The old brown Stevia leaves will contain 8 to 10% Stevioside. The stems contain about 3% Stevioside. Our Stevia Sweet Recipes Cook Book has many recipes that use Stevia leaf powder.

In the Fall just as the plant is starting to bloom you cut the plant off at ground level (the sweet factor is the highest just before flowering). The plant should be harvested early in the morning and dried in the full sun. The whole plant should be dried first then the leaves pulled from the stems. Hang the plant upside down or lay on a plastic window screen in full sun until completely dry. Strip the leaves off the stems. Discard the stems. When crispy dry, store in a plastic bag until ready to use. Leaves harvested this way in the fall will be 2 to 3 times sweeter than leaves from the same plant harvested in the summer. Break the leaf with your hands or put them a blender to make powder. Please email or phone if you have additional questions. The best place to buy Stevia plants is at .