Nutrition FAQs

Why are berries called superfoods?

Berries are considered one of nature’s superfoods because they contain high concentrations of various antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber. In fact raspberries contain 8 grams of fiber and 64 calories per cup!

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are nutrients which protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals. Many experts believe this damage plays a part in a number of chronic diseases, including hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), cancer, and arthritis. Free radicals can also interfere with your immune system. Consuming foods high in antioxidants has been shown to improve skin quality and support a healthy immune system, making it easier to fight off common ailments such as a cold or the flu.

What are Net Carbs?

A food's total carbohydrate count (in grams) is arrived at by subtracting the grams of protein, fat, moisture, and ash from the food's total weight. What's left is the total carbs. Food which are low in net carbs tend to help keep blood glucose levels even fighting cravings and hunger.

What are Sugar Alcohols?

A sugar alcohol is a carbohydrate that has a hybrid structure between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule. These molecules occur naturally in plants and are extracted to be used as a sweetener in food. Sugar alcohols are not completely absorbed by the body and thus have lower impact on blood sugar and have fewer calories per gram.

What is Stevia?

Stevia is a plant that is widely grown for its naturally sweet leaves. These leaves are harvested to create all natural sweeteners that are low in carbohydrates and have less effect on blood glucose than regular table sugar making it a healthy choice for diabetics and others on carbohydrate controlled diets.

What is Reb-A from Stevia?

The scientific name is Rebaudioside A, but most people simply call it Reb-A. Of all the sweeteners extracted from the Stevia plant, Reb-A is the best. Reb-A is removed from the Stevia leaves through a water extraction process after the plants have been dried. Because Reb- A is around 250 times sweeter than table sugar only a small amount is required to go a long way.

What is Erythritol?

Erythritol is a zero calorie naturally occurring sugar alcohol. This does not mean that it is alcoholic or contains alcohol but is a byproduct of the natural fermentation process. Some sugar alcohols can cause gas or cramps, but erythritol is digested high in the system and is generally very safe.

What is the Glycemic Index?

The glycemic index or GI is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream have a high GI; carbohydrates that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more gradually into the bloodstream, have a low GI. A lower glycemic response usually equates to a lower insulin demand, and may improve long-term blood glucose control. Berries generally have a very low GI making them a great snack.

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