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Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: hlc on March 11, 2008, 05:52:56 PM
I love using a healthy sugar! Ever since JC castigated me for using granulated sugar in my coffee, back in the spring of 2000, I have been wrestling with how to reduce my use of synthethic sweetners. Here in this forum let's discuss the reasons for and the ways how we use Trehalose. Now, you're up!
Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: martyk on March 13, 2008, 02:04:31 PM
I am glad you have this forum! I have a lot to say later on. For now, let me tell you how I use Trehalose. I sprinkle it on my strawberries, blue berries, and other fruits mixed with milk. Hmmm, hmmm! I know that this sweetner has NO toxicity, and nothing harmful! More, later!
Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: hlc on March 13, 2008, 05:28:55 PM
Trehalose is a good substitute for a sweetner in my coffee. In our kitchen we have a cannister for granulated sugar, one for flour, one for brown sugar, and one for Trehalose. I often take a bag of Trehalose with me to the restaurant rather than to use their sugar substitues. It is not as sweet as the unhealthy alternative, but I am learning to taste with my brain! "It's good for me!"
Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: Doug L Bullock on March 21, 2008, 12:45:13 AM
I first used Trehalose last Christmas.  I made all my Christmas cookies with it.  No one noticed any difference.  They tasted great.  The only problem I came upon was the fact Trehalose at present does not come in confectioners form....or brown Trehalose for recipes that need brown sugar.  I found that I need to use 1.5 times as much as the sucrose called for in the recipes.

Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: JC Spencer on March 23, 2008, 12:07:46 AM
Thank you Doug.  More people are cooking with trehalose and baking some really healthful and tasty things.  Here are two interesting facts for baking with trehalose: (1) You may have better results to bake at a lower temperature and bake a little longer.  Some are finding that if they lower the temperature to around 250F they get good results.  (2) Trehalose may cause yeast to work faster ... in about half the time.

We will appreciate reports back on your cooking experience with trehalose.

Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: LindaBragg on March 24, 2008, 11:00:04 AM
Cinnamon Sugar Chips  Yum!

Whole wheat flour tortillas, cut into triangles
Cinnamon and Trehalose mix

After cutting up the tortillas, coat with butter.
Place on cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and Trehalose.
Bake at 375 for 5or so minutes, depending on your oven.
Keep an eye on them so as not to burn them.
Cool and store in airtight container.
Title: Use trehalose to get a glassy glaze on the dessert
Post by: JC Spencer on March 24, 2008, 11:22:45 AM
Trehalose can give you a beautiful glassy glaze when heated to a high temperature.
Anyone making some hard candy using trehalose may find some interesting looks.  Please report back to us any results for others to follow.

Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: hlc on April 10, 2008, 12:39:33 PM
I just found a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that has healthy ingredients in it. Only one problem, it has granulated sugar in it. Here it is!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 oz. dark chocolate chips, such as Ghirardelli 60% cacao
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
6 oz. lite silken tofu
1 egg
2/3 cup sugar - I am going to substite 1 cup of Trehalose and see how it works.
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheets with a silpat mat or parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. In a blender, combine tofu, egg, sugar, oil, flaxseed meal and vanilla until smooth. Pour into dry ingredients, mixing until combined. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned.

Makes 30 cookies.

It is Thursday, April 10, at noon. I am going to go to the store and get what I need to bake this.
Will let you know how it tastes. If you beat me to it, we'll both share the results.
Title: Trehalose IS reducing sugar craving
Post by: JC Spencer on April 11, 2008, 02:44:10 PM
We are receiving more reports that after a person uses trehalose for a short time, his and her sugar craving is dramatically lowered.  This is significant for those who want to loose weight and have more energy at the same time.  If you have experienced this, let us know.
Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: kendersa on April 11, 2008, 04:28:17 PM
Does anyone know if the Trehalose or if anything can help with the constant fixation on certain ideas that those with HD have?  I am hoping to hear that it will and I just need to give it time...but my brother is so fixated on the things he shouldn't be and we have all come at a complete dead end on ideas of what to do to change his mind.  I know the trehalose helps with tremors but will it with fixation?

On another family and I use the trehalose instead of sugar for everything now.  We have found that it has lowered our urges for sweet things.  One of us had intense cravings for ice cream and that has changed drastically.  They no longer think about ice cream for dessert after every meal :P
Title: Trehalose reduces sugar craving
Post by: JC Spencer on April 11, 2008, 05:37:28 PM
That is good news about trehalose reducing ice cream craving.  Anyone knowing of a reduction in fixation please post a response?  I deal with how memory gets in a loop sometimes.

I quote from Chapter 12: "Memory tracing utilizes what I call �Schools of Thought�, which I will discuss in another chapter.  Memory Tracing is what happens within the �schools of neurons.�  A cluster of neurons collectively take on a task.

How do false memories come into play?  A lot of research is needed and will soon be done in this area. Once a memory trace is prompted, a cascade of neurons responds like a flock of birds in flight.  The neurons, working together in majestic formation, follow the lead neuron.  I envision the neurons firing a spontaneous display of light while other neurons watch patiently nearby, awaiting instruction."  unquote

What we have learned (which is a step in the right direction) is to replace a fixation with a better fixation.  Sometimes good music helps focus the mind on something better.  Let good music replace chaos and noise.

Discover what really interests the person that can have a positive result and help them to focus on that.  It may be choosing a favorite Scripture verse or a positive quotation or a humorous event that will be meaningful.

Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: PChampion on April 12, 2008, 03:54:26 PM
My husband posted the recipe for Heart Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I followed the recipe except I added pecans instead of walnuts.  Using the flours that were listed made them so you don't crave eating all of them at one time!  The chocolate chips were delicious.  When I spooned them on the cookie sheet, I had to smash them down because they stayed the shape when I first put them on the cookie sheet. 

My hubby came home to sit down to eat the whole jar of cookies and because of the healthy ingredients, he was full after 2 or 3!  When using Trehalose, you don't crave the sugars so you can stop eating it when full.

This has excited me to share more recipes using Trehalose so we can become more healthy without all the craving of sugar!
Title: Put a stamp on one of those cookies
Post by: JC Spencer on April 12, 2008, 08:45:22 PM

Can you put a postage stamp on one of those cookies and send it to Texas?

You will see why I can't when you read my husband's reply!  PChampion
Title: Trehalose is a flavor enhancer
Post by: JC Spencer on April 13, 2008, 11:11:39 PM
Trehalose is a flavor enhancer.  For years chefs, cooks, and housewives have put harmful MSG in foods to bring out the flavor.  Now, they can add a dash of the healthful sugar trehalose to make any food taste better.
Title: Trehalose and your plants
Post by: JC Spencer on April 13, 2008, 11:23:02 PM
There are reports that trehalose improves the growth and vitality of plants.  We welcome feedback from anyone who has placed a small amount of trehalose in the soil of plants.  Add between a teaspoon to a tablespoon of trehalose mixed in the soil near the root system and let us know what happens.
Title: Trehalose and your plants
Post by: JC Spencer on April 14, 2008, 10:59:15 AM
Trehalose in the soil of your plants was a comment I posted yesterday asking you to let us know your results.  Trehalose is the major soluble sugar and this factor plays a significant role in the cell's ability to absorb the trehalose and to influence the cell's gene expression.

This morning a science paper jumped out at me as I was reading the April 2008 issue of Plant & Cell Physiology published by Oxford University Press.  The article I read was published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists.

The science paper is entitled: Constitutive Components and Induced Gene Expression are Involved in the Desiccation Tolerance of Selaginella tamariscina by Mao-Sen Liu1, Ching-Te Chien2 and Tsan-Piao Lin1,*

1Institute of Plant Biology, National Taiwan University, 1 Roosevelt Road, Section 4, Taipei 106, Taiwan?2Division of Silviculture, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, 53 Nan-Hai Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan

*Corresponding author: E-mail, [email protected]; Fax, +886-2-23689564.


Selaginella tamariscina, one of the most primitive vascular plants, can remain alive in a desiccated state and resurrect when water becomes available. To evaluate the nature of desiccation tolerance in this plant, we compared the composition of soluble sugars and saturation ratios of phospholipids (PLs) between hydrated and desiccated tissues of S. tamariscina using gas chromatography. In this study, differences in gene expression and ABA contents were also analyzed during dehydration. The results revealed that trehalose (at >130 mg g�1 DW) was the major soluble sugar, and low saturated fatty acid content in PLs (0.31) was maintained in both hydrated and desiccated tissues. In addition, the ABA content of S. tamariscina increased 3-fold, and genes involved in ABA signaling and cellular protection were up-regulated while photosystem-related genes were down-regulated during dehydration. The biochemical and molecular findings suggest that both constitutive and inducible protective molecules contribute to desiccation tolerance of S. tamariscina.

April 2008 issue of Plant & Cell Physiology published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists. (For the paper or subscription to Plant & Cell Physiology Journal email: [email protected] or go to their website at

Title: Heart Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Post by: hlc on April 14, 2008, 08:03:47 PM
I got my wife to fix up a batch rather than me make them! I even got her to register on this forum and post comments about using Trehalose rather than table sugar. Well, my report is . . . "Fantastico!" Pat was right about me just eating three. But, I came back and snacked often through the week end. It is Monday night and the 30 cookies are all gone! She ate 6 and I ate 24 in three days

I figured that since they were healthy! I should eat more! Pat said she was not making any more until this weekend! I'll just find more recipes.

Note to JC Spencer: Post your garden tips about using Trehalose in the soil on another Board. This one is for Recipes to be used in the kitchen not in the flower bed! Thank you! (Since you are the owner of this forum I guess you can post what ever you want, where ever you wish! Just don't suggest that I put a little potting soil in my chocolate chip cookies! lol)
Title: Using Trehalose to bake cookies.
Post by: JC Spencer on April 15, 2008, 09:20:05 PM
Your recipe for cookies made with trehalose sounds great and healthy.  Let us take the best recipes, post them on the Sugar Science Forum and print a trehalose cook book.

It seems that it is better to bake around 240 - 250 degrees F for a little longer time.  Let us know of your findings for what time and temperature are best for your cookie recipe.
Title: Sweeten Cranberries (or concentrate) with Trehalose for healthful food or drink
Post by: JC Spencer on May 03, 2008, 11:50:09 PM
This article on Cranberries may be helpful to those of you who want a wonderful drink or dessert.  Sweeten Cranberry concentrate with trehalose for one of the most healthful drinks you can immagine.  Use trehalose with cranberries to make the most healthful desserts ever.

Cranberries, A Magical Food That Tastes Great And Is Good For Your Health

So, you ask, what is the 'Cranberry', medications is it really a 'Superfood'?

The Cranberry shrub is a fairly innocuous small evergreen frequently grown in acidic lowlands in the colder areas of North America.

The berry of the cranberry shrub begins as a pure pale white, however as it grows and becomes ripe it changes to a rich meridia drug hue.

Although it is actually a member of the same plant group as the bilberry and the blueberry, the cranberry berry is marginally further tart, which, as a result helps to balance out the pleasing sweetness, which puts it in that unique niche in the culinary universe of ingredients that work well with meat based meals and sweeter courses, such as cakes, cookies, fruits, pastries and candies.

Cranberries possibly were given their name from the fact that they are frequently consumed by cranes (ie 'crane-berry') - although some experts suspect that the true etymology of the name is rooted in the Mandrake root fact in the earlier stages of the bush's growth, it looks a little bit like the shape of a crane. No matter what the real etymology, the name 'cranberry' is now established through the whole world.

Cranberries represent a major economic cash crop in some US States (in the north), and now have a really unique and historic place in The traditional culture of the American nation as some people believe that they were offered to early settlers by the aboriginal population. As a result, cranberry sauce is a necessary piece of the beloved thanksgiving meal eaten by many millions of Americans every year since.

The majority of the yearly cranberry yield is converted to cranberry juice and cranberry jelly, however more and more of it is now sold in its raw form as a consequence of health benefit claims that cranberry is one of the 'superfoods', having very beneficial nutritional content and antioxidant 'reducing agent' characteristics.

Historically, these versatile berries were grown in 'cranberry beds' positioned in moisture rich marsh, but latterly the beds are located in upland regions with a water table that is on the shallow side. In these regions, contrary to popular belief, the beds are not flooded but are continuously irrigated to maintain a high moisture level in the cranberry beds.

Cranberry juice is now sold every country, and as well as the well known 'crimson' juice, is also available in a clear or 'white' form which is made from the younger berries.

Cranberries' Health Benefits
Some people believe that the juice of the cranberry is blessed with healthy benefits which aid in preventing bacterial infections in the urinary system.

Also, this delicious berry has been useful in dealing with many other troubles, such as a treatment for flesh wounds, bowel problems, diabetes, stomach upsets, and as an aid to a healthful liver. Some research has been done which suggests that everyday consumption of cranberry juice may help to reduce the chances of heart conditions.

As with all similar medical claims, one should exercise exceptional discretion - professional opinion is still divided and the correct reason for increasing your consumption of these versatile berries is the observable fact they really taste wonderful! As detailed previously, these versatile berries are used in preparing both desserts and meat based dishes, with the best known use being as an accompaniment to the traditional roast turkey. Don't let this 'good old fashioned' use put you off though, these versatile and Christmas recipes berries are also quite superb when used in sweet dishes.

If you are looking for some delectable">recipes using cranberries you will find plenty of these tasty recipes on the web, but to help you test this theory for yourself, here is a flavourful cranberry recipe:

Cranberry Crumble Recipe

Ingredient list
One Thick-skinned orange
Water (one cup)
1/2 cup Granulated sugar replacement
4 cup These versatile and tasty berries
1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
1 pack Biscuit dough (to do eight biscuits).

Roughly grate the rind of the orange, and reserve. Juice the orange. Combine the orange juice, the grated rind, moisture, granulated sugar (or equivalent sugar substitute), these tasty berries and unsalted butter in a medium non-stick pan. Bring to a boil & heat for 1 min to produce a nice rich cranberry sauce.

Split the cranberry sauce evenly amongst eight greased ovenproof dishes or a medium casserole dish. Spoon the biscuit dough on top of the cranberry sauce.

Cook at 230 degree c (450 f) for ten minutes, reduce heat setting & oven bake at 350 f (180 c) for 20 minutes longer.

8 servings.

Only 98 calories per helping !

R.Wakefield is a recipe and content contributor for:">recipe ideas, which offers amateur chefs a selection of">delicious cranberry recipes guaranteed to impress your dinner guests.

posted by toddshonv @ 11:51 AM 

Comments: 1
At May 3, 2008 7:35 PM,  JC said...
Thank you for your beneficial information about cranberries. I have sweetened cransberries and cranberry concentrate with the health sugar trehalose. This makes cransberries or what ever you make with cranberries even more healthful. I am posting your information on our website

Title: Using Trehalose on plants
Post by: kendersa on May 05, 2008, 10:21:49 AM
Okay as far as Trehalose and plants........I tried placing a teaspoon of trehalose on my plants.

Usually when my family and I go out of town for the weekend, when we come back, all my flowers that are supposed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies are dead.   The reason is because they require water every day and over here in this lovely weather it rains maybe twice a month, so me watering them everyday is needed.  So normally when I come home I spend the next week trying to let them recover by water constantly.  So this past weekend I tried placing a teaspoon of trehalose in the soil and gave it a go.  When I returned home after 4 days....lo and plants were still beautiful and actually had butterflies on them.  So at least for a 4 day period it helps to hold water in my plants. 
Title: Convert junk food to health food by using the health sugar trehalose?
Post by: JC Spencer on May 08, 2008, 03:03:33 PM
Comments by J. C. Spencer
You can convert junk food into a health food (or at least a more healthful food) by replacing the regular sugar with the health sugar trehalose.  Some schools are thinking more about healthful foods, less junk foods, and health sugars at school.  This article helps show the way and is descriptive of things to come.  There is a shift in the way people are thinking about healthcare, wellness, and prevention especially for their children.  Candy, cupcakes, and other desserts need not disappear when we use good sugars like trehalose in the recipes even when sugar is the lead ingredient.  I applaud the writer, the school and Gateway Newspaper for this article.

Area students encouraged to eat healthier snacks

Gateway NEWS
By Heidi Dezayas, Staff Writer
Thursday, May 8, 2008

The days of school parties with cupcakes and candy as treats are fading quickly.

With raising concerns of inactivity, obesity and poor eating habits, school districts have developed nutrition and wellness policies to encourage healthy lifestyles.

And that means no junk food.

At the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year, Woodland Hills, Penn-Trafford and Norwin school districts compiled a list of healthy snacks for parents to send with their children for celebrations and parties during the school day.

At Woodland Hills, children can munch on fruits and veggies, as well as cheese pizza and whole grain crackers with cheese cubes.

But according to a letter sent home to parents at the beginning of the school year, unacceptable snacks include cakes, pies, ice cream and potato chips.

Parents who send those items with their child should expect them to come home with the snack untouched.

The same goes for children in the Penn Hills School District.

Patty Panuccio, food services director at Penn Hills, said parents and building principals monitor the food brought in for parties. The district's policy states that parties can't have more than two items containing added sugar as the first ingredient.

"Food items that do not meet nutritional requirements are to be individually wrapped so they can be sent home with the student," Panuccio said.

Deborah Pike, a parent at Woodland Hills and a member of the Wellness Committee, said encouraging children to eat healthy food is a plus.

"The children would have hall parties and come home with bags of candy, so we did need to scale back on something that went too far," Pike said.

But administering the policy was a lot easier than following through. Pike said sometimes the schools aren't consistent when it comes to enforcing the snack policies.

"Some principals said snacks weren't allowed for Halloween parties, which wasn't my understanding when the Wellness Committee met, and some said only healthy snacks would be permitted," Pike said. "We have to try hard for consistency or we won't have full compliance."

The children wouldn't understand either.

"We need to teach the kids about healthy eating so they understand why they can't bring in certain kinds of food," Pike said. "That would make it more effective."

At Penn-Trafford, food services personnel meet with students at least once a year to discuss healthy eating habits, said food services director Kelly Patterson.

Through interaction, students learn about healthy eating and can choose menu items for a day on the next month's menu.

Though parents don't object to healthy eating, some have said parties should be an exception.

"We have to remember that this is elementary school, and these kids want a treat. Not necessarily a healthy snack," said Vicki Sich, president of the Sunrise Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.

Parents also are obligated to purchase items from Nutrition Inc., the district's food provider.

Sich and other PTO parents have said they can't utilize coupons and other savings that would be available at different stores.

But district officials said narrowing options down to one provider is safer for children because the district's policy focuses not only on healthy eating, but on food allergies.

To ensure the safety of children in the district, officials drafted an approved party snack list with peanut-free items.

Peggy DiNinno, assistant to the superintendent, said there are almost 170 students in the district with food allergies. She said every school building in the district has a group of students with food allergies, and buying snacks from a list and the same vendor minimizes the chance of having a tainted product.

That's not the case at Franklin Regional and Riverview school district.

Freda Augenbaugh, food services director at Riverview, said the district trusts parents to make decisions concerning the health of their children.

Because the community and district are so small, she said, people know about certain allergies and can accommodate those students.

Augenbaugh said parents sometimes ask her to make meat and cheese or veggie trays for classroom parties, and though parents aren't obligated to send healthy snacks, they're encouraged to do so.

"Pop and candy are frowned upon, but the parents have been great about everything. Most of them are on board," she said.

Parents aren't the only ones cooperating.

"The kids are so adorable. They eat everything and have a ball with the veggie trays," Augenbaugh said.

Title: Cranberry Juice & Trehalose May Be Fighter Against Urinary Track Infection and
Post by: JC Spencer on May 09, 2008, 07:32:24 PM
Cranberry Juice Sweetened with Trehalose May Be An Effective Fighter Against Urinary Tract Infections and Heart Disease

Comments by J. C. Spencer
Pure unsweetened cranberry juice is too tart to enjoy but when large amounts of the health sugar trehalose is added, you have one of the most healthful drinks on earth.  You determine by your taste desires the right amounts of trehalose, good clean water, and cranberry juice.  It is difficult to get this delicious health drink too sweet because of the tartness of the cransberry and the fact that trehalose is only 45% as sweet as table sugar. Mother’s may not fear giving their children lots of this health sugar even if they are diabetic.  Caution, very seldom does trehalose cause a sugar spike but diabetic children or adults should continue to monitor as a precaution.  You are welcome to participate in our gathering of data on health benefits of trehalose integrated with other good foods.  One interesting result coming in from participants is from those who no long have the crave for sweets like they did before.  The Endowment for Medical Research hopes to gather data from thousands of people with the General Public Health Evaluation FORM for Trehalose Nutritional Pilot Survey.  The writer of the cranberry juice article has some good information.

An Effective Fighter Against Urinary Tract Infections and Heart Disease

By Scott Kessman

Cranberry juice is a tasty, refreshing fruit drink, but many people don't realize that it is also quite healthy. The best cranberry juice should be 100% juice with no preservatives, artificial flavors, or artificial colors. Quite often you will find that many brands of cranberry juice are in fact only 30% juice, and not all of it cranberry, with the remainder of the beverage made from sweeteners and water. While the taste may still be refreshingly adequate, you will not be receiving the full spectrum of health benefits and nutrients inherent in 100% pure cranberry juice.

100% pure cranberry juice can sometimes be bitter or tart. If so, try mixing a glass with some apple juice. Additionally, be sure to check the ingredients of your purchase. Many labels will simply say 100% juice, which does not necessarily mean 100% cranberry juice, but rather a mixture of juices, with cranberry being dominant. This type of product is still a far cry healthier than the artificial juices, and may be preferred if the taste of pure cranberry juice is not to your liking. Studies have dictated that only 30% cranberry juice of a 100% juice mixture is necessary to receive the beneficial vitamins and nutrients, as well as other health benefits imparted by cranberry juice.

Besides its high mix of natural vitamins and minerals, cranberry juice is also highly effective in the treatment of urinary tract, bladder and kidney infections. Additionally, a healthy dose of dietary fiber, antioxidants and phytochemical nutrients help to protect you against heart disease and cancer.

Rich with Vitamin C, the high amount of acid and other beneficial components in cranberry juice can help break down and prevent the formation of kidney stones. Used for centuries to treat urinary tract infections, its benefit in those areas is already well-known. But perhaps a lesser known fact is that cranberry juice also contains components that help prevent the formation of oral bacteria that lead to gum disease and plaque.
Title: Using Trehalose to make cinnamon toast
Post by: sue on May 10, 2008, 11:08:41 AM
This is very similar to Linda's cinnamon chip recipe.  I was wanting some cinnamon toast ---so I just mixed cinnamon and trehalose together.  Butter a whole wheat English Muffin and sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over and broil until the mixture is melted.  A quick treat for breakfast or when you just want something sweet!

Title: Cinnamon toast sweetened with trehalose may help blood sugar
Post by: JC Spencer on May 10, 2008, 09:46:38 PM
Comments by J. C. Spencer
Cinnamon toast sweetened with the health sugar trehalose may have more health benefits that even we first thought.  Cathy Wong, a medical writer, stated that recent studies have found that cinnamon may have a beneficial effect on blood sugar.  So preparing cinnamon toast or cinnamon muffins using trehalose as the sweetener may be a good way to start the day.

Ms. Wong referenced one of the first human studies using cinnamon published in 2003 in a medical journal called Diabetes Care. Sixty people with type 2 diabetes took 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon in pill form daily, an amount roughly equivalent to one quarter of a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

After 40 days, all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose by 18 to 29%, triglycerides by 23 to 30%, LDL cholesterol by 7 to 27%, and total cholesterol by 12 to 26%.

Other studies using preliminary lab and animals found that cinnamon may have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is active against Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections and thrush, and Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers.

Diabetics on medication or anyone on medication that affects blood glucose or insulin levels should not eat large amounts of cinnamon without a doctor's supervision. Eating cinnamon with medication could have an adverse effect and cause blood glucose levels to dip too low.

The alternative website states that cassia cinnamon, the kind of cinnamon normally found in grocery stores and in supplement form, naturally contains a compound called coumarin.  Coumarin is also found in other plants such as celery, chamomile, sweet clover, and parsley.  High levels of coumarin can damage the liver. Coumarin can also have a "blood-thinning" effect, so cassia cinnamon supplements shouldn't be taken with prescription anti-clotting medication, such as Coumadin (warfarin), or by people with bleeding disorders.

Ceylon cinnamon is a better cinnamon, is more expensive, and has a sweeter taste. The quills are softer and can be easily ground in a coffee grinder. Ceylon cinnamon is sold in specialty stores.

Pregnant women should avoid excessive amounts of cinnamon and should not take it as a supplement.

Cathy Wong educated me further by saying that cinnamon is a small tree that grows in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Egypt.  It's one of the oldest known spices. To prepare it, the bark of the cinnamon tree is dried and rolled into cinnamon sticks, also called quills. Cinnamon can also be dried and ground into a powder.

The characteristic flavor and aroma of cinnamon comes from a compound in the essential oil of the bark called cinnamonaldehyde.

Although there are four main varieties of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon are the most popular.

Title: Trehalose combats sugar addiction more reports show
Post by: JC Spencer on May 20, 2008, 12:57:33 AM
Sugar addiction is a growing problem in America.  Regular sugar, like a drug, causes the human body to keep wanting more sweets.  Many people are addicted to sugar.  It is rather surprising that a healthful sugar actually causes a person to want less sweets.  I have personally experienced not desiring as many sweets after using trehalose for a few months.  The refregerator no longer crys out for me to come get ice cream everytime I pass by it.  Some overweight individuals are losing pounds by eating the health sugar trehalose.  Some diabetics who have had a problem with sugars for years are having less sugar spikes.  Everyone is unique and may respond differently but many people are having health challenges improve by putting a few spoons of trehalose on their cereal.  Just to stop eating so much table sugar can help a person improve his or her health. But to replace a harmful sugar with a healthful sugar is a great idea.  Trehalose is not a sugar substitute, trehalose is a real beneficial sugar.
Title: It is called CULINARY MEDICINE, now just add trehalose
Post by: JC Spencer on May 20, 2008, 09:17:50 PM
Comments by J. C. Spencer
The art of cooking for your health is called CULINARY MEDICINE by the U.S.NEWS and World Report.  Here is how they address diabetes in the kitchen.  Add to this plan by throwing your sugar bowl away.  Better yet, replace it with a bowl of the sugar trehalose.  According to this article you have the possibility for improving or reversing diabetes.  Here is a part of that article.

Turn Your Kitchen Into a Clinic
By Lindsay Lyon
May 20, 2008

John La Puma is a doctor, a chef, and a big believer in "culinary medicine," which holds that the art of cooking can be scientifically applied to fight disease.  La Puma, who taught the first cooking and nutrition course for medical students in the country at SUNY Upstate Medical University-Syracuse, explains in a new book written with Rebecca Powell Marx, ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover's Road Map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Getting Really Healthy, how everyone can add "medicine chests" to their kitchen pantries. He spoke with U.S. News about the book, in which he offers foods to eat for 40 conditions, plus 50 easy recipes to try. Edited excerpts:

Diabetes. Probably the most important foods for diabetics are anything containing bran, because bran effectively and almost immediately lowers blood sugar. Same with foods that are high in magnesium like barley, almonds, and buckwheat. And anyone who lives in the Southwest or Latin America will be familiar with "nopal," the prickly pear cactus. It's a green vegetable that's a little crunchy, sometimes found in bottles, and a little slimy. Amazingly, there was a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine in which type 2 diabetics were fed chilaquiles (a Mexican breakfast dish) with nopales, and it had a dramatic and direct effect on lowering blood sugar.
Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: PChampion on June 03, 2008, 10:25:19 PM
It has been a while since I have posted anything but I just had to let everyone know that I am trying new recipes so I can use less sugar and in its place I am using Trehalose.

We absolutely loved these cookies:

TreHealthy Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups oats
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 cups Trehalose
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
Mix all dry ingredients together

3 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Beat together into dry ingredients until blended; add
1-5 oz pack dried cherries
4 oz Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips
3/4 cups nuts
Mix well and drop by teaspoons onto Pamed cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees about 8 minutes.

Join the Champion family in our Heart TreHealthy Oatmeal Cookies!! They taste great!
Title: Worthy question I had.
Post by: JC Spencer on June 21, 2008, 07:25:08 PM
Is there any plans to put the trehalose in small packages like the sweetener packs?  This would sure be helpful for us diabetics who would like to sweeten our coffee or tea when we are out.  The Xylitol is now in small pkg, but I like the trehalose.  Now I put it in a small plastic cup to take with  me.
Title: Answer to Trehalose question
Post by: JC Spencer on June 21, 2008, 07:31:31 PM
We hope to be able to make the healthful sugar trehalose available in small packets you can carry with you. I cannot give you a date right now when they will be available. That project will require a few thousand dollars to start.
Title: Sweet Potato Casserole Made With Trehalose
Post by: MimiR on June 23, 2008, 10:24:31 PM

2 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed  (5 or 6 medium-size sweet potatoes)
1/4 cup Trehalose
1 1/2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 eggs
1/2 + 1/8 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 Tbsp. lowfat milk

Topping: 2 Tbsp. finely chopped pecans


Wash and dry sweet potatoes and bake in oven (or toaster oven) at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes until cooked through (test with a fork).

Remove peel.  Mash (okay to use a food processor) and add all ingredients except pecans.

Transfer to an oiled or buttered 9-inch glass pie plate.  Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes until nicely browned. 

Serve warm or cold.
Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: MimiR on June 24, 2008, 01:34:55 PM

2 1/2 cups whole wheat bread flour (preferably stoneground organic)
1 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds "Sunnies", measured then ground to fine meal in a food
        processor or blender (organic preferred)
3 Tbsp. Trehalose
1 1/4 tsp. soda
1 tsp. sea salt
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup oil (I use Extra Virgin olive oil, but several oils are approved)


Note: The secret is in the rolling. I use a tea towel (not terry cloth) wrapped around a large cutting board which holds the ends of the towel in place.  Flour rolling surface well (the rolling pin too) before…and during...the rolling. [I usually use the finer-textured whole wheat pastry flour for rolling out the dough.]

Mix ingredients. Knead dough slightly. Take a little less than a quarter of the dough and roll—with a rolling pin—into a rectangle roughly 9x12 inches.
Transfer to a cookie sheet (not a jelly roll pan which has 1" sides) by lightly roll the dough around the rolling pin for transport. Continue rolling on cookie sheet, rolling the dough to the very edges, making the crackers 1/8 inch thickness or less. The thinner, the better (thinner means crisper).

Make sure thickness is uniform. Trim excess from edges of cookie sheet with a sharp knife.
[Any trimmed dough can be re-rolled when all the scraps are collected.] Cut into cracker-size squares (e.g. 1 3/4 inches square) with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.

Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Remove to cooling rack.

Crackers can be frozen. 
Fills approximately five 12" x 15" cookie sheets. Yes, a large amount! [How about making half a recipe and freezing leftover yogurt?]
Broken and/or irregular pieces can be cut up and used as croutons in salad.
Title: The Sugar Trehalose is Replacement for MSG
Post by: JC Spencer on September 28, 2008, 06:54:43 PM
The Sugar Trehalose is a Healthful Replacement for MSG

Comments by J. C. Spencer

A small amount of the sugar trehalose can be used to enhance the flavor of foods in a healthful way.  MSG is widely used to make foods more flavorful but MSG has serious side effects including possible inflammation, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and liver disease.  MSG can induce neuronal death.  MSG may have contributed more damage to neurodegenerative diseases that we previously thought.  But now, a pinch of trehalose is not only a fabulous replacement for MSG but appears to be one of the best brain foods available.

Here are three Abstracts from recently published papers on monosodium glutamate (MSG).

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Int J Dev Neurosci. 2008 Aug;26(5):487-95. Epub 2008 Mar 4.

Role of p38 MAPK and pro-inflammatory cytokines expression in glutamate-induced neuronal death of neonatal rats.
Chaparro-Huerta V, Flores-Soto ME, Gudiño-Cabrera G, Rivera-Cervantes MC, Bitzer-Quintero OK, Beas-Zárate C.

Laboratorio de Neurobiología Molecular, División de Neurociencias, Centro de Investigación Biomédica de Occidente (CIBO), Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), Guadalajara, Mexico.

Pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-alpha, IL-1beta and IL-6 rises significantly during neuronal damage and activate the signaling p38 MAPK pathway, which is involved in the apoptotic (AP) neuronal death. Systemic administration of glutamate as monosodium salt (MSG) to newborn animals induces neuronal death, however whether neurons die by AP or necrosis through MAPK p38 pathway activation it is unknown. In this study, TNF-alpha, IL-1beta and IL-6 expression levels, AP neuronal death and cellular type that produces TNF-alpha was also identified in the cerebral cortex (CC) and striatum (St) of rats at 8, 10, and 14 days of age after neonatal exposure to MSG. TNF-alpha production and AP neuronal death was significantly increased in the CC at PD8-10, and in the St in all ages studied by excitotoxicity effect induced with MSG. This effect was completely inhibited by SB203580 (p38 inhibitor) in both regions studied. TNF-alpha, IL-1beta and IL-6 RNAm increased after MSG administration, whereas SB203580 did not modify their expression. These data indicates that neuronal death induced by excitotoxicity appears to be mediated through p38 signaling pathway activated by TNF-alpha and their inhibition may have an important neuroprotective role as part of anti-inflammatory therapeutic strategy.

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Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2007 Jul-Sep;51(3):216-34.

Understanding safety of glutamate in food and brain.
Mallick HN.

Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Glutamate is ubiquitous in nature and is present in all living organisms. It is the principal excitatory neurotransmitter in central nervous system. Glutamate is being used as food additive for enhancing flavour for over last 1200 years imparting a unique taste known as "umami" in Japanese. It is being marketed for about last 100 years. The taste of umami is now recognized as the fifth basic taste. Many of the foods used in cooking for enhancing flavour contain high amount of glutamate. Breast milk has the highest concentration of glutamate amongst all amino acids. Glutamate in high doses as gavage or parenteral injection have been reported to produce neurodegeneration in infant rodents. The neurodegeneration was not produced when gluamate was given with food. The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives, based on enumerable scientific evidence, has declared that, "glutamate as an additive in food" is not an health hazard to human being. Glutamate is used as signaling molecule not only in neuronal but also in non-neuronal tissues. Excessive accumulation of glutamate in the synaptic cleft has been associated with excitotoxicty and glutamate is implicated in number of neurological disorders. Excessive accumulation could be attributed to increase release, failure of transport system for uptake mechanism, neuronal injury due to hypoxia-ischemia, trauma and associated metabolic failures. The role blood brain barrier, vesicular glutamate and sodium dependent excitatory amino acid transporters in glutamate homeostasis are emphasized in the review.

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J Autoimmun. 2008 Feb-Mar;30(1-2):42-50.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG): a villain and promoter of liver inflammation and dysplasia.
Nakanishi Y, Tsuneyama K, Fujimoto M, Salunga TL, Nomoto K, An JL, Takano Y, Iizuka S, Nagata M, Suzuki W, Shimada T, Aburada M, Nakano M, Selmi C, Gershwin ME.
Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Graduate School of Medicine and
Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan.

Chronic inflammation is a common theme in a variety of disease pathways, including autoimmune diseases. The pathways of chronic inflammation are well illustrated by nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is of a serious concern due to its increasing prevalence in the westernized world and its direct correlation with lifestyle factors, particularly diet. Importantly, NASH may ultimately lead to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. We previously reported that injection of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in ICR mice leads to the development of significant inflammation, central obesity, and type 2 diabetes. To directly address the long-term consequences of MSG on inflammation, we have performed serial analysis of MSG-injected mice and focused in particular on liver pathology. By 6 and 12 months of age, all MSG-treated mice developed NAFLD and NASH-like histology, respectively. In particular, the murine steatohepatitis at 12 months was virtually undistinguishable from human NASH. Further, dysplastic nodular lesions were detected in some cases within the fibrotic liver parenchyma. We submit that MSG treatment of mice induces obesity and diabetes with steatosis and steatohepatitis resembling human NAFLD and NASH with pre-neoplastic lesions. These results take on considerable significance in light of the widespread usage of dietary MSG and we suggest that MSG should have its safety profile re-examined and be potentially withdrawn from the food chain.

Title: Use Trehalose to Improve Hamburgers
Post by: JC Spencer on March 29, 2011, 12:32:26 PM
Apply 1½ teaspoons of trehalose per pound of hamburger meat.  Simple blend the trehalose directly into the meat.  This will help if you are going to eat the hamburger today or plan to freeze patties for later.  Use the trehalose before freezing the beef to eliminate the freezer flavor.  This makes a great hamburger even better.
Title: T/C Recipe - Trehalose/Cinnamon
Post by: JC Spencer on April 19, 2011, 12:37:03 PM
My wife and I just enjoyed a delightful slice of wholewheat toast, buttered and sprinkled with T/C.  One half teaspoon cinnamon mixed with one teaspoon trehalose was just right.  You may wish to blend differently.  Some will want two teaspoons of trehalose with a half teaspoon cinnamon.  Enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee.  Stay tuned for more information about the health benefits of Trehalose/Cinnamon blend.
Title: More T/C Recipes - Trehalose/Cinnamon+
Post by: JC Spencer on May 14, 2011, 10:59:46 PM
We are starting a Pilot Survey on June 1, 2011 using T/C+ which is a blend of Ceylon cinnamon with trehalose and bio-available ionic multi-trace minerals.  This opens the door for many new recipes designed for better health.

The Pilot Survey is designed for the participant to enjoy.  You can read the details on our main website but here are a few ideas:

Enjoy T/C+ on toast and on your cereal.  Enrich apple butter or apple sauce by stirring T/C+ into it.  T/C+ improves oatmeal, cream of wheat, Malt-O-Meal, and other hot cereals.  Sprinkle it on your ice cream or whipping cream.  Sprinkle it on your pancakes and waffles.  Sprinkle on your salad.  Fruit pies baked with T/C+ instead of regular sugar makes for the best mouth watering home made pie you ever ate.  Or, take any ready-made apple pie and sprinkle lots of T/C+ on top.  Add to pears, rhubarb, puddings, and custards.  Add to your hot chocolate or in your coffee.  Be creative and share your recipes with us.
Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: JC Spencer on May 30, 2011, 07:24:48 PM
One of our readers told me that he had been putting the sugar trehalose on his strawberries and trehalose makes them taste even better.  We know that strawberries have a short shelf life and in only a few days will start to spoil.  Here is the bottom line: Wash the strawberries and while wet, roll them in trehalose or sprinkle a heavy coating over them and they will remain fresh for about a week longer.  Try this suggestion and let us know.  This will work with other fruit also.
Title: How do you use Trehalose?
Post by: JC Spencer on June 02, 2011, 01:54:51 AM
In preparing for the International T/C+ Pilot Survey, I wanted to discover some of the best ways for eating one to two Tablespoon of T/C+ per day.  While a number of suggestions are posted in this section, my favorite (hereby posted) is to blend T/C+ into a small bowl of apple sauce.  It gives it a wonderful taste a little milder than apple butter.  You may not want it every day but I really like it.  Best, of course, when you use organic apple sauce.  Stay away from the apple sauce that has high fruitose corn syrup (HFCS) or other harmful sweeteners.  With T/C+ apple sauce, you get your apple a day plus ingredients that are proven to be some of most healthful foods you can eat.  Let me know any health improvements you have.
Title: This is a PREVIEW of things to come: How to use Trehalose.
Post by: JC Spencer on July 15, 2011, 02:36:49 PM
Improve ALL your recipes with Trehalose            – Video Recipe Series Lesson #1
Receive a complimentary pound of trehalose with your subscription to our Recipe Video Series

Recipe Video Transcript by JC Spencer

On a recent road trip through the Ozarks, my wife and I purchased a copy of Better Homes and Gardens New Canning and Cook Book.  I realized that the flavor and health benefits of every recipe in the book could be improved with trehalose.

Less table sugar and more trehalose is better for you.  Studies indicate that six tablespoons of trehalose per day improve brain function, resulting in better mental and motor skills.

A pinch of trehalose is a flavor enhancer.  Unlike MSG there are benefits instead of side effects.

Do your own taste test to determine the best blend to please your palate.  Replace table sugar with trehalose when you can.  Vary the ratio of other recipes by replacing half the table sugar. In a recipe requiring 4 cups of sugar use 2 cups of trehalose.  This improves the quality and health benefits and reduces sweetness by 25%.  Less sweetness is a good thing and you may find your sugar crave  diminishing.  Trehalose does that.

Canning with trehalose?  Of course you can!  Experiment with a little before you can a truckload.

Share your favorite recipe with us, be it healthful candies, sauces, soups, pastries, main course dishes or drinks.  I will feature these in future video lessons.

Never used trehalose?  We have arranged for you to receive a complimentary pound sample (for a limited time).  Request your free pound at

Subscribe to the video series for only $5 per month.  Receive 52 brief videos per year and a complimentary pound of trehalose for registering today.  We pay the shipping.

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Title: Introducing a New Culinary Science
Post by: JC Spencer on December 15, 2011, 07:18:33 PM
Three Unique Trehalose Flavor Enhancers

This unique gift of 3 different shakers filled with T/C+, Trehalose Granular and Confectionery Trehalose.  The functional food blend (called T/C+) consists of Ceylon cinnamon, the sugar trehalose, and bio-available ionic multi-trace minerals in phytonutrient form with pleasant flavor. T/C+ can be used anytime you would normally add cinnamon to flavor your foods or beverages.

Confectionery Trehalose and Trehalose Granular Flavor Enhancer compliment all foods in every nationality. Improve the flavor of appetizers, soups, sauces, meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, charcuterie, entrees, breads, pastries, desserts and hot and cold drinks.

Read additional information and instructions at