Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Top Sweetners to Make Delicious Gourmet Sugar Free Chocolates

By Charlotte Andrews

Nearly everyone loves fine chocolate, although many people's diets restrict their intake of sugars. Whether you are diabetic or just watching your weight, there are several options for sweet gourmet chocolate that is free of sugar. Here are some of the best diabetic chocolate sweeteners on the market for you to consider.

Maltitol - Without a doubt maltitol currently heads the list as the top sugar substitute for diabetic chocolates and gourmet sugarfree chocolates with it's natural sugar taste with substantially less calories. Many makers of gourmet sugar free chocolates and other diabetic candies have made this the most popular sweetener. It is made from a form of malt sugar, or what is called hydrogenated maltose. An increasing number of diabetic chocolates and sugar free chocolate baked goods are using this to provide the sweetness without the calories.

Sucralose - Sucraolose is sold as Splenda in stores and has no calories in it but holds up well when used in baked goods. It first arrived on the scenes in the 1970's from the United Kingdom where it became quite popular and received regulatory approval in most European Union countries as well. Definitely the most popular sugar substitute in the general market, you can find it in a number of prepared foods and sugar free candies.

Erythritol - Erythritol is one of the sugar substitutes that has no calories or impact on your blood levels. Dieters love this sweetener because of the lack of calories even though it is only about 2/3 as sweet as natural sugar. If you've had digestive problems with other sweeteners, especially Xylitol, you might find that this one does not cause you any stomach or digestive issues.

Stevia - A new addition to the sugar substitutes is Stevia which is an herbal substitute that has several major confectioners and gourmet sugarfree chocolate companies trying to various products. While sweeter than sugar, it has no impact on your blood sugar levels. It's easiest to find Stevia at health food stores though it is beginning to be seen in more commerical stores as well

What's great to know after all of this, is that there are more ways now to enjoy sugarfree chocolates than in the recent past. An increasing number of sugar substitutes now allow scrumptious diabetic chocolates and sugar free chocolates to be enjoyed without having a negative impact on your blood sugar levels. So you don't have to pass on gourmet chocolates with the wonderful creations now made by sugar free chocolate creators! Gourmet diabetic chocolatiers and gourmet sugar free chocolate manufacturers are making delicious tasting creations without the sugar that taste incredible, create no health issues and have less calories!

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