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Cinnamon toast sweetened with trehalose may help blood sugar
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2008, 09:46:38 PM »
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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 about.com 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.

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Using Trehalose to make cinnamon toast
« Reply #23 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!

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Cranberry Juice Sweetened with Trehalose May Be An Effective Fighter Against Urinary Tract Infections and Heart Disease

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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.

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Convert junk food to health food by using the health sugar trehalose?
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2008, 03:03:33 PM »
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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

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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.



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Using Trehalose on plants
« Reply #20 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 behold.......my 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. 
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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.

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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 http://www.recipe-ideas.co.uk/cranberry-recipes.htm">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).

Preparation
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: http://www.recipe-ideas.co.uk/cranberry-recipes.htm">recipe ideas, which offers amateur chefs a selection of http://www.recipe-ideas.co.uk/cranberry-recipes.htm">delicious cranberry recipes guaranteed to impress your dinner guests.


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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 www.endowmentmed.org

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Using Trehalose to bake cookies.
« Reply #18 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.
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Heart Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
« Reply #17 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)
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Trehalose and your plants
« Reply #16 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, tpl@ntu.edu.tw; Fax, +886-2-23689564.

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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: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org or go to their website at  www.oxfordjournals.org

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Trehalose and your plants
« Reply #15 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.
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Trehalose is a flavor enhancer
« Reply #14 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.
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Put a stamp on one of those cookies
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2008, 08:45:22 PM »
PChampion

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
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How do you use Trehalose?
« Reply #12 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!
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Trehalose reduces sugar craving
« Reply #11 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.

JC
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How do you use Trehalose?
« Reply #10 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 note.........my 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
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