Poole, owner of Whole Life Kitchens, knew that diabetes was an ongoing and growing threat to Americans’ health, but also knew that many people did not want to give up sugar. She also knew there was a movement for the market to provide consumers with healthier food options, as many Americans seek to reduce the amount of sugar in their diets by following a low glycemic lifestyle. She decided to pick one of America’s favorite treats, the brownie, and develop an easy-to-prepare mix using low glycemic coconut palm sugar instead of regular sugar.
Research performed by The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) has shown that coconut palm sugar is a nutrient rich, low glycemic (GI-35) sweetener that is especially high in potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron and is a natural source of the vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C. It is unrefined and comes from the nectar of the coconut palm flower. By comparison, agave (GI-42), honey (GI-55) and cane sugars (GI-68) have much higher glycemic index levels.
Low glycemic means that the sugar does not contribute to the “highs and lows” associated with regular sugars and is instead more effectively utilized by the body by being absorbed slowly in the bloodstream—
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 10 percent of the population has diabetes. The 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet (released Jan. 26, 2011) lists an additional estimated 7.0 million people as living with the disease but undiagnosed and 79 million people who are prediabetic. There are almost 2 million new cases of diabetes each year in people aged 20 years and older.
Coconut sugar has been used as a traditional sweetener in South Asian countries for thousands of years. It is harvested by tapping the blossoms of a coconut tree and draining out the sap inside, which is then gently heated to evaporate the moisture, leaving a light brown sugar in crystallized form. It is the most sustainable sweetener on earth.
With so many people trying to live a healthier lifestyle by reducing their sugar intake, this dark chocolate brownie mix by Whole Life Kitchens is a welcome addition to the market. Is is entirely sweetened with low glycemic organic coconut palm sugar, which has an almost caramel-like taste (it does not taste like coconut), making it the perfect pairing for chocolate. The palm sugar and cocoa powder—loaded with natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals—also combine to make a powerful immune booster to fight the cold of winter. Whole Life Kitchens uses a rich, extra brute cocoa powder favored by some of the world’s top pastry chefs, making it a decadent treat for dark chocolate lovers.
The brownies are easy to prepare and only require eggs, butter and water. A teaspoon or two of peppermint or orange extract, or even rum or bourbon, can be added to make them extra special around the holidays. “The brownies are truly decadent,” raves customer Cindy Bosnian. Attractively packaged and fashioning bright pink labels, the mix makes a thoughtful gift for girlfriends and girl friends, mothers, sisters, aunts, and even women in the office.
About Whole Life Kitchens: Whole Life Kitchens, LLC was started by self-proclaimed healthy cooking and baking entrepreneur Jennifer Poole in 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia. Jennifer has always loved to take traditional favorites and make them healthier without sacrificing taste, and has created numerous recipes fit for a low glycemic lifestyle.
Whole Life Kitchens is dedicated to providing the market with a great tasting, low glycemic brownie that is made using 100% pure, unadulterated organic coconut palm sugar with no added cane sugar, maltodextrin or other fillers, and the highest-quality natural ingredients—