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We love whole grains! We have found that we prefer their flavor. They are also far healthier than the refined foods which characterize the typical modern diet.
Switching to whole grains helps maintain a low glycemic diet. That means you will have more sustainable energy levels throughout the day, and probably fewer problems with weight control.
We created this website with one goal: to build an online community of like-minded people who either share our enthusiasm about whole grains or just want to learn more about them.
|Healthy Rice Crispy Treats|
|Written by Whole Grain Gourmet|
|Thursday, 10 March 2011 11:06|
Everyone in our family loves rice crispy treats! What’s not to love, right? I’ve been looking for an alternative to marshmallows for as long as I can remember. Not only because the corn syrup in marshmallows sends my daughter bouncing all over the room, but traditional marshmallows also contain food coloring!!! Hard to believe that something white has food coloring, but yes, marshmallows contain the artificial food dye Blue 1.**
The brown rice crispy treats I created have fiber, protein, and even some omega 3. Most importantly, though, they are delicious! They taste just like traditional rice crispy treats. You'd never know these treats didn't contain marshmallows. I honestly had a hard time transferring the treats from the bowl to the pan without eating them all. My husband and kids loved them too! No one could eat just one! They make a great, healthy after-school snack or something to keep at your desk or in your car when you are on the go. They also won't send your kids on a sugar roller coaster. Enjoy!
** IMPORTANT NOTE ON ARTIFICIAL FOOD DYES:
Research has shown that artificial food dyes have negative effects on our children’s health and behavior. Cancer and hyperactivity/attention issues have been linked to artificial food dyes along with irritability, aggressiveness, learning impairment and allergies. Since July 2010, the European Union has required products containing artificial food dyes to carry warning labels stating that "consumption may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children."
What prompted the EU to take this important step? A 2007 study commissioned by the British Food Standards Agency that linked artificial food dyes with increased levels of hyperactivity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and lower IQs in typical/ordinary children. Kids displayed these behavior problems within an hour of consuming artificial food dyes.
In England, the government asked food companies to voluntarily remove artificial food dyes by the end of 2009 and all companies complied with this request. In the U.S., even though the FDA has acknowledged that food dyes can cause hyperactivity in children, they have done nothing to remove these dyes from our foods. This has to change!
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