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Green Tea Recipe

       If you have never heard of Xylitol, you don’t know what you’re missing!  While it sounds like a chemical, it is not.  This beneficial, natural plant and/or fruit extract that “looks, pours, and tastes-just-like-sugar” is a substitute with about 40% less calories than sugar.  It’s been used in the diabetic world for years as a safe, healthy sweetener that doesn’t spike blood sugar. Found in virtually all health food stores, it can now be found in some grocery stores as well.  You can bake with it, use it in your drink, or anywhere you would otherwise use sugar. 
    It is more expensive than sugar, but the rising demand and increased availability is steadily reducing the price.   You can find it under several brand names, including  Xylosweet  or Ideal, in packets or bulk bags. Whatever brand you find it as, check the labels to make sure there aren’t any useless fillers.  You can buy xylitol gum, mouthwash, and toothpaste, all of which are greatly beneficial to preventing tooth decay, another  bonus of xylitol.   Know that too much xylitol in your system too fast can cause diarrhea, so acclimate slowly to it.  One important note: Do not let your pets have xylitol, ever.  Like chocolate, but even more so, xylitol is considered toxic for dogs.  No xylitol containing scraps for Fido!
    Drinking green tea is well proven to have a long list of  health benefits, including drastically reducing cancer and disease rates, boosting immune systems, and so much more!
If warm green tea is not for you, this delicious COLD green tea recipe has even most kids chugging it!  It’s a delicious, super healthy, can’t-resist drink!
      The recipe:  Warm 1/2 gallon of water to just above room temperature. (believed to maintain better antioxidant benefits)  Put it in your container, and put 8 green tea bags to soak for up to 20 minutes (more can cause an off taste)  Add 1/4 cup lemon juice,  1/2 cup of xylitol (or more for your tastes)  Chill! Serve! YUM!!  Drink up again and again to your health, you’re only improving it!  

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