The Natural Sweetener Debate

I know I haven't posted for a while. I didn't even have a chance yet to post about my daughters 2nd birthday(!). But this I kinda wanted to put out there. I haven't done any extensive research, but I guess we'll see how things go.

I guess what I'm looking for is 'the best' natural sweetener for our family/situation. We are a 1 income family and there's Type I Diabetes in our household. So something not too expensive and if it's good for the diabetes, all the better. I've been looking around online, and, of course, there's many conflicting opinions.

As far as I can tell, here are my options:
  • Agave Nectar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Sucanat
  • Raw Cane Sugar
The pricepoint for regular refined sugar seems to be best, but I've 'banned' it from our home. I know people who have gone to the sugar factory and seen things. I mean, it's just heaped in piles on the floor and people step on it and spit in it. Yuck. This is what's in the package at the store. I'm not naming names/companies. I'm just sayin'. It could be the same for the sweeteners in the list, for all I know.

I'm not including Stevia because I don't like the aftertaste. I've bought it before and no one uses it.

Agave Nectar:
I've read lots of conflicting articles on this one. That it's just as bad as high fructose corn syrup, that it's super processed/not processed, that it's processed like maple syrup, that it's processed like corn syrup, that it is good for diabetes, that it's NOT good for diabetes. I'm not really sure what to think on this one. If it really has a low Glycemic index, that would be a plus, and worth the cost. I'd be interested in baking with this one if that is the case.

Maple Syrup:
Delicious, but expensive.

After reading some articles, seems like this is just fancy raw sugar? Also Expensive.

Raw Cane Sugar:
Like regular sugar, but unrefined and not super processed. I've been buying various versions of this lately. It's cheaper but it doesn't dissolve in liquids that great and it's grainy in baking.

This is definitely not a deeply researched topic for me, but sometimes it's hard to weed through the 'facts' that are out there. I guess I'll just keep searching. =)


My husband is so witty sometimes

An exerpt of an email he sent in regards to a birthday dinner we were invited to (he misspelled my name wrong on purpose):

"I just spoke with Elaine and she said that we will not be able to make
it to the dinner but we would be up for activities.  What do you guys 
have planned for the activities?  Are there going to be arm wrestling 
competitions, balancing acts or just straight hanging out?  Please let

us know so we can train accordingly.  Cause I would hate to think that

I over trained for the balancing acts and we wind up with the arm 
wrestling competition.....that would blow.  Any hoo you're probably 
very busy typing with your eyes closed or having explosive diarrhea to

read any more so I'll allow you to return to your business.



Brrrr...or Why do I Live Here?

This is what my windows look like from the inside. Apparently it was
like -58C yesterday morning? It was recorded as the 2nd coldest spot
in the world at the time. Arg.


Please Ignore the Mess in the Background

Sometime this week, at 22 months, Evie started singing. Out of the
blue. The most surprising song she's trying to sing? "C is for
Cookie". She's heard the song maybe 3 times.


Would have been less confusing if they were called Butt Blisters.

Conversation with my mom today...

Mom: So there's a band at the party, they supposed to be pretty good. I think they are called Amroid.

Me: What?

Mom: Amroid.

Me: Hemorrhoid? You are going to see a band called Hemorrhoid?

Mom: No no. You know, Amroid.

Me: ???

Mom: Like the green.

Me: Oh, Emerald.


New(ish) Crayons

Making crayon disks from broken crayons. Tired of buying crayons all
the time. We'll see how Evie likes them when they cool. :)


Todays Prize

The last few times we've gone to the library Evie has found one item,
book or DVD, that she absolutely loved and knew she had to bring home.
This was todays prize. I let her wander in the kids section by
herself - me closely behind of course. She does her own exploring and
knows where the books are and where the DVDs are. I think pretty good
for a 20 month old.