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Monday, November 17, 2008

What is Sugar?

Sugar is a sweet crystalline carbohydrate that is obtained by crystallizing the evaporated juice of certain plants. Sugar can be made from sorghum, beet root, sugar maple, sugar cane, sugar beet, honey and fruit. Sugar is a food carbohydrate and is added to many foods and drinks for its sweet flavor. Too much sugar can cause tooth decay and is also associated with obesity. Sugar enters the blood stream quickly and can cause an unhealthy spike in blood sugar levels, causing and aggravating type 2 diabetes. They are many different types of sugars, though the most common, white table sugar created from sugar cane, is referred to as sucrose and is the most processed and unhealthy of sugars. Fructose is fruit sugar and can be found in fruits, maple syrup and honey. Lactose is the sugar found in milk. Maltose is sugar derived from malted grains such as sorghum and barley. Glucose is found in most root vegetables, as well as fruits, sweet corn and honey.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Burdock: A Weed For Health

Burdock is a common weed found all over Europe, North America and Asia. You may know it as burr, or simply know it for its prickly burrs which get stuck on everything it comes in contact with. While the weed may be common and even annoying at times, the roots of burdock are well known for their many healing properties, such as their phytochemicals that ward off fungi and bacteria.

Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have used burdock for centuries as a diuretic and decongestant, while western herbalists use it frequently to eliminate toxins in various organs of the body. Studies have shown that burdock can help treat cancer, slow tumor growth and reduce blood sugar levels.


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