posts tagged "madhava"

The Great Agave Debate

Posted on June 26, 2009

“Why do you use agave? I’ve heard that it’s very unhealthy”  I’m asked this question about my “go to” sweetener on at least a daily basis.

First off, there really is no perfect sweetener, so I recommend everything in moderation.

We often take sugar and other sweeteners for granted, forgetting that they were not widely available to humans until the modern era (excluding of course, those living in the tropical regions feasting on mangoes and pineapple). Processed sugar was invented between ... read more →

Sesame Cookies

Posted on March 31, 2009

These Sesame Cookies are yet another Passover friendly dessert recipe.

I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of making cookies with sesame. Why? Because I am surrounded by several choco-holics and bake primarily to their tastes. Let’s just say that the brownie recipe I posted a few weeks ago is still getting good play around here. My 10 year old son whips up a quick batch of these high-protein brownies almost every weekend.

Thankfully, I received the below a few ... read more →

Product Review: Stevia

Posted on March 6, 2007

Update: I have switched brands and now use NuNaturals stevia.

There are times when I want something sweet and don’t want to increase my blood sugar level. This is when I reach for stevia, an herb 300 times as sweet as sugar with a glycemic index (GI) of 0.

This low glycemic, low carbohydrate sweetener is widely used in Japan. In the U.S., the sugar lobby has long fought to ban this miracle sweetener; it is currently classified as a ... read more →

Product Review: Agave Nectar

Posted on February 27, 2007

Sweetness is the first taste we experience in life, the primal taste of our infancy, of mother’s milk.

For several years I researched delicious, healthy alternatives to sugar that held up well in the baking process, yet did not substantially raise glycemic index levels. Enter agave, the nectar of the agave cactus plant –a golden liquid readily available in health food stores.

I prefer agave because as you can see below, it is lower on the glycemic index (GI) than other sweeteners:

sugar ... read more →