Does It Matter If A Sweetener Is “Natural”?

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The ancestral health community and other heath-conscious bloggers have increasingly embraced natural sweeteners such as honey, stevia, and maple syrup as healthier alternatives to refined sugar. But just how much healthier, really, are these natural sweeteners? In this article, I’ll review the three major “natural” sweeteners typically used by Paleo dieters, and determine whether or not these foods belong in a healthy eating plan. Find out if “natural” sweeteners like honey, stevia, and maple syrup… Read More

Recipe: Chicken Panang

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This guest recipe is by Russ Crandall, a Paleo-friendly chef and blogger at The Domestic Man. The recipe is an excerpt from Russ’s new book, , which will be publishing tomorrow (2/11/14) and can be preordered on . Enjoy! Panang (also spelled penang and phanaeng) curry is a mild Thai curry that gets its name from the Malaysian island of Penang. It is similar to Thai red curry but is richer and creamier and typically uses crushed peanuts… Read More

Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan

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Carrageenan, a heavily discussed additive in the world of alternative health, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer. Carrageenan-containing seaweeds have been used for centuries in food preparations for their gelling properties, but the refined, isolated carrageenan found in modern processed foods has raised concerns in the health-conscious online community. (1) Carrageenan is especially common in non-dairy milks such as… Read More