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RecipesNewslettersPressHealth Today we’d like to introduce you to Shari Leidich.  Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?My...
read more Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Shari Leidich, founder, and CEO of Know Brainer Foods, located in Boulder, CO, USA. What's your business, and...
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One of the most popular weight loss strategies today is the ketogenic diet, a low-carb, high-fat diet plan that aims to place the body in a state of ketosis. According to dietician Christine Byrne, this is a metabolic process in which...
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5 Anti-Aging Habits Your Routine Needs There’s no be-all, end-all answer to combat the effects of aging. The good news, though, is that there are ways to slow it down and age gracefully in the process. You can do that...
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Meet Max Mallow Lightning Vanilla fueled with collagen protein, MCT, prebiotic fiber, and caffeine Having Multiple Sclerosis leaves me with zero room for error. In other words, I can't F@*# up my nutrition. This is the reason I create delicious functional...
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"Know Brainer is the perfect breakfast. You stay full through lunch...and you have a ton of energy! BTW, I've lost 22lbs!" Betsy from NYC
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Calorie Counting

We all know when you eliminate sugar and carbs, the weight falls off. How can this be when fat has more than twice as many calories per gram as carbs? A gram of fat has about nine calories, while a gram of carbohydrate has about four calories. You could eat twice as many carbohydrates as fat for the same amount of calories, yet the minute you increase healthy fat and protein (low in carbs), you lose weight and feel better. Carbs don't sustain or satiate you like healthy fat and protein, so you end up consuming 4-6x's the carbs that

 trigger cravings.

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  Whether you’re following the Atkins® Diet, the Ketogenic Diet, Paleo or just trying to limit your carbs, it’s important to track and limit how many carbs you’re eating. We all know not all carbs are created equally, and therefore, will be...
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diabetes, zero sugar, keto

Diabetes prevents our bodies from breaking down food into energy.  The insulin-glucose cycle is disrupted.  

  • In Type 1, the pancreas does not produce insulin. 
  • Type 2 Diabetes is defined by high blood sugar, insulin resistance and lack of insulin. 


By the time you are diagnosed with Diabetes, your body has been fighting for balance for at least 15 years.

$350 billion dollars spent yearly on Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is 100% preventable.

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The present study was conducted to examine the antidiabetic effects of xylitol in a type 2 diabetes rat model.


Six-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: normal control (NC), diabetic control (DBC) and xylitol (XYL). Diabetes was induced only in the DBC and XYL animal groups by feeding them a 10% fructose solution for 2 weeks followed by an injection (i.p.) of streptozotocin (40 mg/kg body weight). One week after the streptozotocin injection, the animals with a nonfasting blood glucose level of >300 mg/dl were considered to be diabetic. The XYL group was fed further with a 10% xylitol solution, whereas the NC and DBC groups were supplied with normal drinking water.


After 5 weeks of intervention, food and fluid intake, body weight, blood glucose, serum fructosamine and most of the serum lipids were significantly decreased, and serum insulin concentration and glucose tolerance ability was significantly increased in the XYL group compared to the DBC group. Liver weight, liver glycogen and serum triglycerides were not influenced by feeding with xylitol.


The data of this study suggest that xylitol can be used not only as a sugar substitute but also as a supplement to antidiabetic food and other food products.

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