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What is in Candy Corn?

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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Candy CornHave you seen the new packages of candy corn? This year, some are emphasizing that they contain honey. The implication is that the candy corn is an all-natural treat. The reality is that candy corn may contain some natural ingredients, but there are other things in it that you may want to consider.

Brach’s is the name of the company that makes the famous candy corn. There may be “knock offs” out there (whose ingredient lists may differ.) It is true that Brach’s candy corn is sweetened with honey. Here is the full list of ingredients:

Sugar, Corn Syrup, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt, Honey, Dextrose, Artificial Flavor, Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide Color, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 3, Blue 1, Sesame Oil.

It is also worth knowing that the candy is packaged on equipment that also packages products that contain traces of milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and/or soy protein. This is something to consider if you, your child, or other family members have food allergies. Another potential danger for those with food allergies is the “natural flavors” that are in the candy. There is no way to know, for certain, exactly what foods those “natural flavors” came from!

If the candy corn seems safe for you and your family, go ahead and enjoy it. Many people feel that it is ok to eat a less-than-healthy treat if it is one that is seasonal. It isn’t something that you can eat all year long, so it cannot become a “go-to” snack.

What if you aren’t pleased with the ingredients in the candy corn? There are some alternatives. Several websites have posted recipes that people can use to make their very own candy corn. When you make something at home, you get a lot of control over the ingredients that go into it.

Instructables has a step-by-step guide, with photos, that will walk you through how to make your own candy corn at home. Their version is described as fresh, slightly softer than the store-bought candy corn, and lacking the wax coating that is typically on each piece of candy corn. It is said to taste the same, though.

Alton Brown, at Food Network, has a recipe for candy corn that makes 60 to 80 pieces. The recipe is at the “intermediate level”. This recipe does not use honey – it uses light corn syrup instead. If you feel that your kitchen and cooking skills are can be described as “intermediate”, go ahead and give this recipe a try. If not, it might be best to go with the Instructables recipe.

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Save 20% on Fresh Avocados ~ This Week Only

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Avocados at participating retailers. 

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 9/22/2014.

*** NEW*** SavingStar can now be used at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and WinCo! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

See a list of ALL participating stores HERE.

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Organic BerryCart Cash-Back Offers: Kombucha, Coconut Ice Cream, Soy Butter & More

Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 9:46 am
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Want to earn CASH BACK for buying healthy products that are organic, Non-GMO or gluten-free? Download the new app called BerryCart. It’s very similar to IbottaCheckout51 and Shopmium, but finally offers us cash back on healthier options! You’ll find these products at Whole Foods, Sprout’s Farmers Market and more!

Here is an example of some of the offers currently available (offers will vary by account):

LIVE Kombucha

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About the offer:

$.75 off rebate on any 8.5 fl oz flavor bottle or 8-pack.

About the product:

​ Raw | Organic | Non-GMO | Fair Trade

LIVE Kombucha is unique in that it blends the health-benefits of Kombucha with the flavors that soda-lovers enjoy.

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NadoMoo Coconut Ice Cream

About the offer:

$.75 off rebate on any pint sized flavor

About the product:

Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Organic | Gluten-Free | Soy-Free

NadaMoo Coconut Ice Cream is made without dairy, eggs, or sugar. It is made with delicious coconut milk, tapioca, agave nectar, and other good stuff.

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Don’t Go Nuts SOY BUTTER

About the offer:

$.75 off any flavor of Soy Butter 16oz jar.

About the product:

Vegan | Nut Free | Organic | Non-GMO

 

 

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Things to Know About Lupin

Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:51 pm
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lupin iStockYou may have seen news articles that talk about something called lupin. What is that? The news isn’t about the Harry Potter character with that surname, and it has nothing to do with wolves. Instead, it is a natural food that some people are having an allergic reaction to. Here’s what you need to know about lupin.

What is lupin?
Lupin (which may also be spelled lupine) is a food. It is a type of legume that belongs to the same food family as peanuts. Lupin isn’t something new. It is a commonly used food in some cultures in Europe and Asia. Recently, lupin has started appearing in certain types of food products in the United States.

Lupin is used to make lupin flour and lupin protein. You can also eat lupin as a whole bean.

What is the concern about lupin?
For many people, there is no reason to be concerned about lupin. It is safe for most people to eat. Lupin is a high source of plant proteins and dietary fiber. It is cholesterol free and said to be easily digestible.

That being said, there are some people who are having an allergic reaction to lupin (on its own or when it an ingredient in other foods). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that studies show that people who have an existing legume allergy can experience an allergic reaction to lupin. People who have a peanut allergy appear to have a greater chance of being allergic to lupin. It is also worth noting that there are some people who may develop an allergy to lupin over time, and with exposure. (That’s true of most food allergies).

Lupin and Gluten-free foods
Lupin itself is gluten-free. So are all the other fruits and vegetables (unless something containing gluten has been intentionally added to them). However, there is a connection between lupin allergies and gluten-free foods. Lupin is a good substitute for gluten-containing flours. Therefore, you may find it in packaged gluten-free foods.

Read the Labels
The FDA says that law requires food labels to list the product’s ingredients. Make sure you read the food label before you purchase a product. Look for “lupin” or “lupine” in the ingredients list. If you feel that you, or a family member, might have an allergic reaction to lupin, it may be best to put that product back on the shelf and choose an alternative one.

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Save 20% on Fresh Oranges ~ This Week Only

Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 9:32 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Oranges at participating retailers. 

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 9/15/2014.

*** NEW*** SavingStar can now be used at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and WinCo! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

See a list of ALL participating stores HERE.

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New Healthy BerryCart Cash-Back Offers: Brothers Snacks, Glutenfreeda Granola & Burritos & More

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 9:42 am
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BerryCart

Want to earn CASH BACK for buying healthy products that are organic, Non-GMO or gluten-free? Download the new app called BerryCart. It’s very similar to IbottaCheckout51 and Shopmium, but finally offers us cash back on healthier options! You’ll find these products at Whole Foods, Sprout’s Farmers Market and more!

Here is an example of some of the offers currently available (offers will vary by account):

Brothers All Natural Fruit Clusters

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About the offer:

$.75 off rebate on any 1.25oz flavor bag

About the product:

​Gluten Free | Non-GMO | Soy Free | Nut Free | Vegan | Kosher Certified

Fruit clusters are made from fruits that have been picked at the peak of ripeness and their colors come

directly from the fruit, no added dyes or colors.

 

Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

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About the offer:

$.50 off rebate on any flavor of .35oz bag

About the product:

Gluten Free | Vegan | Soy Free | Nut Free | Allergen Free | Kosher Certified

Fruit crisps are not baked, dehydrated, not sweetened dried but are freeze dried in which the nutrition of the fruit is retained and the basic cell structure remains intact.

 

Glutenfreeda Granola

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About the offer:

$1 off rebate on any flavor of 10.5oz snack

About the product:

Gluten Free | Wheat Free | Good Source of Fiber

All of Glutenfreeda granolas provide a great source of Fiber & are fortified with flax seeds that has been known to lower cholesterol, which to be high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Glutenfreeda Burrito

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About the offer:

$.75 off rebate on any 4oz burrito

About the product:

Gluten Free | All Natural

According to a blind taste test conducted by the Huffington POst, Glutenfreeda Burritos were selected as best tasting vegetarian frozen burrito.

 

Visit your BerryCart account to see ALL of this week’s offers!

 

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What to Know About Gluten-Free Foods

Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Udi's Gluten Free CouponYou may have seen some foods that were labeled “gluten-free” while you were grocery shopping. What does that mean? It is important to understand what gluten-free means and the health reasons why some people need foods that are free of gluten. The Food and Drug Administration has rules about what gluten-free means on a food label.

What is Gluten?
Gluten is the name given to a mixture of proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. Gluten is also in crossbreeds of those grains. Most people can safely eat foods that contain gluten. Their bodies are able to break it down, digest it, and obtain nutrition from it. Gluten is also found as an additive to other foods because gluten can help foods maintain their shape.

Why Go Gluten-Free?
The reason why some people must avoid eating gluten is due to health reasons. There are about 3 million people in the United States who have celiac disease. When these people eat something that has gluten in it, their bodies react to the gluten by attacking the lining of the small intestine. This causes harm that prevents the person from being able to properly digest food and to absorb nutrients.

There are also people who have an allergy to wheat, rye, barley, triticale, or all of the above. Others have a gluten intolerance. These people get very sick if they eat something that contains gluten. The symptoms that are caused from the body’s inability to digest gluten can linger for days after the person ate it.

People who do not have celiac disease, who do not have an allergy to wheat, rye, barley and/or triticale, and do not have an intolerance to gluten, have no good reason to go gluten-free. The gluten-free “diet” is not something that people should choose for the purpose of weight loss. There is no cure for celiac disease, allergies to gluten, or gluten intolerance. The only way to manage it is by dietary means.

New Rules for Food Labels
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued rules about what characteristics a food must have in order for the words “gluten-free” to appear on a food label. Those rules went into effect on August 5, 2014. Foods that have 20 ppm or more of gluten can no longer be labeled gluten-free.

In order for a food to be labeled gluten-free, it cannot contain…
…an ingredient that is any type of wheat, rye, barley, or crossbreeds of these grains.
…an ingredient derived from these grains that has not been processed to remove gluten.
…an ingredient derived from these grains and that has been processed to remove gluten, if it results in the food containing 20 or more parts per million (ppm) gluten.

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Save 20% on Fresh Tomatoes ~ This Week Only!

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 9:21 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Tomatoes at participating retailers. 

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 8/25/2014.

*** NEW*** SavingStar can now be used at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and WinCo! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

See a list of ALL participating stores HERE.

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A Quick Look at Different Kinds of Sweeteners

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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SugarWhat’s in the food or drink you are serving to your family? Many of us read food labels in order to find the most nutritious, least processed, food possible. Others read the food labels in order to avoid allergens. Either way, it helps if you are well informed about the different kinds of things that might be in your food. Here is a quick look at some of the different kinds of sweeteners.

Sugar
When you see the word “sugar” on a food label, it is referring to a crystalline substance that is derived from plants. It comes from either sugar cane or sugar beet. Sucrose is the more scientific name for sugar. Many people check the food labels on juice drinks to find out how much sugar has been added to the juice.

Sucralose
Sucralose is an artificial sweetener. Sucralose is not found in nature and is not a natural product. There are several brands of Sucralose-based sweeteners, including Splenda, Sukrana, SucraPlus, Candys, Cukren, and Nevella. Some find it appealing because it contains zero calories. Sucralose is often found in diet sodas and other diet foods and is said to be 600 times sweeter than sugar.

The Sucralose Website says that the Sucralose molecule contains three atoms of chlorine. Snopes.com has investigated the claim that Splenda was inadequately tested and unsafe and found it to be false.

High Fructose Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup is also called HFCS, Glucose-Fructose, Isoglucose, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Fructose-Glucose Syrup, or High Fructose Maize Syrup. HFCS is the most common sweetener used in processed foods and drinks (in the United States). HFCS comes from corn, and contains more fructose than normal corn syrup. It also contains glucose.

The Mayo Clinic points out that HFCS is chemically similar to “table sugar” and that controversy exists about whether or not the body handles HFCS differently than table sugar.

Fructose
Fructose is also called “fruit-sugar”. It is found in many plants including honey, tree and vine fruits, flowers, berries, and some root vegetables.

Glucose
Glucose is also called “grape sugar” or dextrose. It is found in plants and is one of the main products of photosynthesis.

Aspartame
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that was first sold under the name NutraSweet. It is said to be 200 times sweeter than sugar. It has almost zero calories. Aspartame is often found in diet sodas. The American Cancer Society notes that people who have Phenylketonuria (PKU) should avoid aspartame. It also points out that “most studies in people have not found that aspartame use is linked to an increased risk of cancer.”

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Save 20% on Fresh Bananas – This Week Only!

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 9:09 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Bananas at participating retailers. 

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 8/25/2014.

*** NEW*** SavingStar can now be used at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and WinCo! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

See a list of ALL participating stores HERE.

 

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