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December 5, 2012

Raising cane

10:28 am - Posted by Gregg

This is definitely one of my favorite (and most surprising) holiday treats. Thus I always love to share this recipe during this most festive time of year. Now mind you, this treat might require some getting used to since it’s not traditional hot cocoa. But it doesn’t contain the traditional hot cocoa’s fat content or calorie count either. So raise some cane (as in candy cane) and drink in this cup of good cheer that will leave you still looking good for the new year.

Keep in mind, there’s nothing ‘Swiss’ or ‘Miss’ about this recipe. In fact, upon first sip, your taste buds will be in for a surprise. This is because the recipe calls for unsweetened cocoa powder. Thus, the concoction will have a slightly bitter taste – not unlike black coffee. But there’s also a subtle richness in the flavor (a richness that won’t add to your waistline) – along with the blissful taste of real cocoa.

To add interest (and some seasonal zest), mini candy canes (1 for each cup) can be used as stirrers and will sweeten the mixture up –  but not in an overpowering way. Yes, this Guilt-Free Hot Chocolate might be classified as a treat that’s an acquired taste, but it’s become of a favorite of mine (and friends I make it for). So why not be adventurous and try something new (that’s also happens to be good for your commitment to healthy eating)?

8 cups 2% Reduced Fat Milk
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
8 Mini Candy Canes

Warm the milk on low heat on stove. Add the cocoa and mix with a whisk. When mixture gets hot (but before it boils), remove from heat and pour into 8 different coffee or cocoa mugs. Add 1 small candy cane on the side of the cup as a decoration (as well as to sweeten the mixture when used as a stirrer). Serves 8.

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9:26 am - Posted by Gregg

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Be afraid. Be very afraid… Just because a food product boasts “0 Trans Fat” on its label doesn’t mean there’s not actual trans fat in the food itself. This is just one more example of the misleading food labeling requirements issued by the FDA and further proof that you can’t believe everything you read.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition lists this question and answer on its website:

Q: Is it possible for a food product to list the amount of trans fat as 0 g on the Nutrition Facts panel if the ingredient list indicates that it contains “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil?”

A: Yes. Food manufacturers are allowed to list amounts of trans fat with less than 0.5 gram (1/2 g) as 0 (zero) on the Nutrition Facts panel. As a result, consumers may see a few products that list 0 gram trans fat on the label, while the ingredient list will have “shortening” or “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil” on it. This means the food contains very small amounts (less than 0.5 g) of trans fat per serving.

For the record, many scientists consider this “very small amount” to be harmful. Plus, depending on the product and its listed serving size, the “very small amount” might be increased substantially just by using more than “one serving.”

According to, “Trans fat is known to increase blood levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), so-called “bad” cholesterol, while lowering levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), known as “good” cholesterol. The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine recommends that consumers limit trans fat in their diets (no safe daily upper limit has been set).”

Since, by their own admission, we can’t trust FDA food label regulations, we must take extra time to read ingredients in order to completely avoid trans fats. This includes looking for shortening or partially hydrogenated oil on the ingredient list. And remember, the closer to the top these ingredients appear, and the more total fat listed, the more trans fat the product usually has. recommends shopping for products low in total fat, which means bad fats should be fairly low too. And don’t forget to pay attention to serving size. The fat content may be low for that serving, but do you really eat only that amount? We should all also be aware that products can make claims such as “low saturated fat” and “extra lean” without accounting for trans fat.

For even more information click to the following links:

Campaign to ban partially hydrogenated oils: Click Here

Trans Fat – What is it?: Click Here

Talking about trans fat – what you need to know: Click Here

The Supermarket Guru: Click Here

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