The Battle of the Sweeteners - Coming Soon!
Italian Spinach Burgers
Italian Spinach Burgers
Ladies and gents, I'm going to post the exact details on my Low Carber (our fellow menu blogging amigo) inspired "luo han guo vs. stevia challenge" later today.
I'll post the info. here and in the comment section of my original post (Luo Han Guo- Another Sugar Alternative).
I hope some of you will join me in this little experiment. No pressure though. Just mentioning it in case it might be of interest.
I'll put up my own results (and the results of anyone who participates *) in the common weeks. More details on that to come.
* I can certainly post your results anonymously, if any of you would prefer that.
Here are the Official Healthy Fellow Luo Han Guo Experiment Guidelines:
1. Conduct a "blind" taste test on at least 3 people.
Example: Make two identical drinks (like coffee, lemonade or tea). One should be sweetened with a serving of stevia. The other drink needs to be sweetened with luo han guo.
Give each drink to a family member or friend to try. Get their impressions. Which do they like better? Ask them to rank their satisfaction for each drink/sweetener, on a scale of 1-10 (1 being complete dissatisfaction and 10 being complete satisfaction).
2. *If* you have a blood glucose monitor: Collect blood sugar readings prior to drinking and 30 minutes after drinking a stevia sweetened drink for 3 days (they need not be consecutive days). Then repeat this exact procedure using luo han guo as a sweetener for another 3 days.
Try to collect your blood sugar readings under similar circumstances. For instance, if the afternoon is a good time for you ... collect all your readings in the afternoon. Try to keep your eating schedule the same too. As an example, don't eat a snack prior to having a sweetened drink on one day and then have no snack with your drink the next day.
3. *If* you have any other medical devices at home, such as a blood pressure or pulse monitor ... please use them in a similar manner.
Personally, I will use my blood pressure and pulse monitor in addition to the blood glucose monitor.
Any questions? Please feel free to ask them.
I hope to collect all the results within the next 2-3 weeks. But I will of course accept any and all late entries. The more information we collect, the better.
+ The Wowee Zowee Meal Replacement Shake (Version 2.0) - 4 oz of organic heavy cream, 3 oz of purified water, 2 scoops of natural vanilla whey protein powder, 1 scoop of Orac Energy Greens, 1 tsp of organic instant coffee, a pinch of pure stevia, and 1/4 tsp of Also Salt)
Note: Doh! I forgot to take my coconut oil again - will do so later (again). I've been aiming for 2 tablespoons, split up twice daily.
+ an organic tomato, sliced and topped with organic sour cream, raw sheep's milk cheese and natural prosciutto
+ a tbsp. of organic coconut oil
+ a large mug of ChocoCoffee
+ 1 tbsp. of organic coconut oil
8:45 pm (pictured above)
+ 2 Italian Spinach Hamburgers - "Italian Creamed Spinach" piled onto two hefty beef burgers
More to come ... I hope!