Why Do We Crave Sugar?

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These days sugar seems like the bad guy in almost every story about health or medical conditions. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, four times the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.

From diabetes to weight loss, most diets recommend a decrease in sugar consumption. But that can be easier said than done. Much easier. There is something about sugar that is addictive for most of us, and those cravings we get for sweet things can be as powerful as if we had fallen under a spell.

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Delicious & Healthy Edible Gifts

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Ho! Ho! Ho! The holidays are upon us! And we know this typically means cakes and cookies all around – but you can give your loved ones a healthy spin with your edible gifts! There are plenty of ways to indulge and treat yourself at holiday parties without straying (too far from) your normal eating routine. We’ve already given some tips on how to deal with holiday parties when you have a food intolerance and how to have a healthy holiday season, and now we have a ton of treats for you to give as holiday gifts, as thoughtful hostess gifts, or to offer at your own party!

Making something to bring to a party or to give as as gift can be a fun and personal process, but there’s also nothing wrong with bringing something pre-made to a party! The Tasteful Pantry offers items to fit a variety of dietary restrictions, along with the strongest sweet tooth.  And what’s the best part? These snacks taste so good that you can serve them at your own party or bring them to a friend’s, and no one will ever suspect that they are healthy. You can just giggle to yourself with your own holiday secret. Below are some great pre-made treats and easy recipes for delicious edible gifts that you can wrap up to give to friends and family, or to bring to your next party!

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Sugar & Sweeteners – Which to Use?

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Following the breaking scientific research published on September 17th* that showed that consuming the artificial sweeteners saccharin (Sweet’n Low), sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (Equal) may actually lead to diabetes and obesity due to their impact on gut bacteria, we at The Tasteful Pantry have received questions from readers asking what is ok to eat if now artificial sweeteners are bad for us and sugar is bad for us? It’s a completely natural question to ask, especially if you know you have a sweet tooth. The short answer is, there is no one right answer for everyone, and as with many things, moderation is the key. However read on for more information to help you weigh  your choices.

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Artificial Sweeteners May Have the Opposite Effect They’re Supposed To

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Breaking new scientific research emerged last week that showed that the consumption of artificial sweeteners may actually lead to more obesity and diabetes, two things that are just what many people use artificial sweeteners to avoid or minimize. The way they do this is not what you might expect – it’s through the bacteria that lives in our intestines. In the study, consumption of artificial sweeteners led to a change in the bacterial composition of volunteers’ intestines in such a way that the bacteria reacted to the chemical sweeteners by secreting substances that then provoked an inflammatory response similar to sugar overdose, promoting changes in the body’s ability to utilize sugar (aka glucose intolerance). Read more in the article below by Science Daily

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Bo Nuage: “Cloud Cakes” in LA

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Who wouldn’t want to visit a pastry shop called “beautiful clouds”? I recently discovered Bo Nuage at the suggestion of another gluten-free dairy-free friend, and I literally felt like a kid in a candy shop when I walked in the door. Not only is the small pastry shop on LA’s trendy Melrose Ave. adorable and welcoming, but their case of colorful, indulgent, meringue “cloud cakes” is absolutely magnetic. On top of that, their staff is very very well-versed in food allergy friendliness – the woman who helped us could not only speak to which flavors a gluten/dairy/nut allergic person could safely eat, but she could go into their sanitation practices to avoid cross contamination. All in a clear, friendly, unassuming way, which I find is rare for someone being peppered with a million questions.

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Turkish Delight Chocolate Tahini Bar (GF)

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Sometimes we just want to indulge…just a little bit. We found this mouth-watering gluten-free recipe from Good Food that combines two childhood favorites – chocolate and turkish delight (remember The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe?) – into one decadent, delicious sweet morsel. You’ll just want to take a few bites if you’re watching your waistline, but what a heavenly few bites those will be. Enjoy!

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