Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Mint-Chocolate Marshmallows and a New Sweetener!

I have some exciting news to share with you all.  A while ago a company called Madhava contacted me and they have developed a new sweetener that is fructose free!  It even says so right on the bottle:

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Just look at those magic words!  It’s made from cassava and it’s 35% glucose, 35% maltose, and the rest is complex carbohydrates.  It’s also organic and non-GMO, which I love!  I’ve tested it extensively to make sure it doesn’t make me sick and I’m certain that it does not.  (Although I found something else that does.  Blerg.)

They sent me a couple of bottles to try (I’m not getting paid for this, though, don’t worry!) so I could make a few recipes.  This sugar behaves like a corn syrup, so didn’t want to just bake a normal dessert recipe and replace table sugar with this.  I wanted to make something we can’t make with dextrose and certainly can’t have as a store-bought treat.

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Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Gut-Healing Tea

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Another step I’ve taken on my gut-healing journey is the daily ingestion of tea.  More specifically, a tea that helps soothe and heal the gut.  This tea is a combination of marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, and peppermint leaf.

Do you see in the picture a sort of viscous liquid floating at the top of the cup?  That’s the marshmallow and slippery elm.  They produce a mucilage that coats the membranes and helps to reduce inflammation of the intestines, something that many people suffer from on a modern diet.  This mucilage is why you want to cold press this tea, and not use hot water, to help keep it in tact.  (It’s not gross to drink–I promise!!!) Continue reading