Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Looky-loo links

I ain’t got much to say here, so I thought I’d share some fun links and nutritional research. Wee, fun!

Breakfast From HELL
I just don’t know what to say. I mean, can you imagine someone actually eating this? These people need help.

The Gallery of Regrettable Food
The anti-food-porn.

In the spirit of funwithyourfood, I thought I’d share a few things that I learned about my good friend xylitol. I’ve been using xylitol as a sugar replacement for some time because it’s natural, lower in calories than sugar, and has a low glycemic index score. Thanks to Harmonia’s link to this article I am now aware that GI isn’t everything, and thought maybe I should read up on this xylitol stuff to see if there’s really any benefit. (all these tidbits are just stolen from the Wiki article, so if you read the whole article just skip this)

Well, it turns out there is. First of all Finland is considered the “home country” of xylitol, so hey, sisu! This stuff must be good for you.

Xylitol can be produced from birch, raspberries, plums, and corn.

Xylitol, gram for gram, is roughly as sweet as sucrose, but contains 40% less food energy. (I think food energy is a fancy name for calories. Yay, less calories!)

It also turns out that xylitol is good for your teeth, for use by diabetics, may be a potential treatment for osteoporosis, may abate ear and upper respiratory infections, and may help control oral infections of Candida yeast.

Negative side effects: can have a mild laxative effect at high doses. Also very toxic and potentially fatal to dogs, so keep this stuff safely away from the pups!

I use xylitol to sweeten my coffee every day and have used it as sweetener in cake and quickbread recipes. However, since it interferes with the yeast micro-organism and others, xylitol is not useful for making bread, for instance.

Wow, wasn’t that so much more than you ever hoped to know about xylitol?

In other wikipedia news, it seems that their article relating to elephants has been locked for editing due to its mention in the Colbert Report’s “WØRD” segment last night. How are we to impart the Wiki with truthiness with this kind of censorship?

Good Tuesday to all.

10 Comments:

Blogger KleoPatra said...

I'm a big WIKI fan, btw. Thanks for the info on xylitol. I read your words and not on the WIK, if you don't mind.

I might have to look into Xylitol. I remember when Wrigley's YEARS ago came out with a gum called "Orbit" which was made with Xylitol, i believe one of the first "big" companies to use it mainstream. I liked the flavour. It seemed to have disappeared after a while. I am glad to see it's still out there. And if you used it, and if the GI index is decent on it, what's not to like?!


"Breakfast from hell" scared the heck out of me. YUCK! How do peeps eat that kind of thing? Am i missing something? I don't think so!

Fun links there, Shan.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

I am really creeped out by that bfast.. I don't get it at all.. how people eat that crap. I get pigging out on good crap.. but that shit? eeewww...

Have you ever heard of KAL Stevia? It is the best stevia ever.. I've hated all other, but even my family likes this.

7:08 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

Yea that is a GROSS breakfast
and i LOVE the info session :)
it's a good one too!!

I'm with melody- what do you think of stevia?

Teddy

8:01 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

nasty, gnarly breakfast!

11:17 PM  
Blogger Carrie™ said...

I guess that breakfast scared everyone, including me. I didn't read the whole thing, but those eggs....eeeeeekkk!! over 1000 calories and 64g of fat! I could eat a lot of chocolate to hit those numbers. I think I'd rather have the chocolate.

3:09 AM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

Thanks for the shout out and pimpin my blog! lol

yeah. I have been learning a lot lately too!

Happy Wednesday...hope to see you in vegginout soon!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Max's wedding was a blast! Oh wait, I wasn't invited.

You and Jason should've called me.

I would have stripped for money.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Dori said...

I'm a KAL stevia fan too. Thanks for the xylitol info.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

I’ve only tried the powdered stevia I got at Trader Joe’s, not sure of the brand. It had that very strong black licorice after taste so I haven’t used it much. I understand the liquid stevia extracts are supposed to be better, but it seems like they’re really expensive. Maybe I’ll try the KAL stevia since everyone seems to be such a big fan of it.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

no way in hell that swnasons thing is right. that's disturbing.

food back then was better for you. even inmy kid days it was better. i used to LVOE oreo cookies and i've notices in the last few years they just don't make me as excited as they used to and i'm wondering if it's because they've hydrogenated it. because i had Trader Joe's jo jo's and those taste like oreos did when i was littel...

xylitol? why have i not heard of this??/

stevia. ew.

3:30 PM  

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