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Sugar Free Sunday & The Case of the Missing Sugar

Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!

My apologies for missing the last two Sugar Free Sundays. The summer has officially started and with that have come a host of activities. I paddle boarded for the first time. I’ve gone kayaking twice already. I’ve started my segmented hike around the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail. I’ve had old and new friends visit from around the globe. I’ve had family come up. Yes, it’s been quite an amazing start to summer.


The LA Times publishes an interesting article titled “Why supermarket tomatoes tend to taste bland”. Researchers have now found the reason why the supermarket tomato has lost it’s flavoring.

Turns out tomato breeders have been breeding plants based on the even colored fruit that it produces. This is what makes the store bought tomato look perfectly red without any difference in hue. It’s what we, as consumers, have demanded through our purchasing power. And the market delivered. Little did they know that by breeding the plants that produced this “perfect” looking fruit, they were actually suppressing a gene that caused the fruit to produce more sugar. The scientists were able to re-engineer the gene and saw that the fruit they produced had 40% more naturally occurring sugar.

Apparently this gene isn’t the only factor to why the tomatoes these days are just blah. But it definitely is one of the reasons. So their recommendation?? Look for tomatoes with uneven coloring. It’s more likely to be a tad bit sweeter than their perfectly colored counterparts.

Heirloom tomato anyone?

How do you participate in the virtual potluck?

  • Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
  • Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
  • Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
  • Your link doesn’t have to be to a sweet dish! We love to see your sugar free appetizers, entrees, soups, snacks — well — you get the idea!
  • Please don’t link to carnivals or giveaways. This is a party; bring a dish to share!
  • In the ‘Name’ field, please enter who you are and what you’re linking. For example Sonia would put: Bean Kale Pasta Soup [Sonia @ Flip Cookbook]
  • It’s not a party if no one chats! Please join the conversation by leaving a message in the comments section below. Also make sure you have the ‘Notify Me’ checkbox selected so that you can listen as well!
  • Sign up for free to our new venture Velvet Aroma. It’s a visual way to read the blogs you love and really bring their recipes into your kitchen.

We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!

Click on the ‘Add your link’ button below to share.

Also check out all the Sugar Free ideas on Velvet Aroma.

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11 Responses to Sugar Free Sunday & The Case of the Missing Sugar

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  2. Thanks for the great tomato tip! I like to do it by smell. I’m the crazy lady smelling the veggies in the produce section!

  3. I smell the tomatoes, and a lot of other produce too. I try to avoid supermarket tomatoes whenever possible. Most of them don’t even warrant a single sniff. You’re right, you can tell just by looking that they’re going to taste like cardboard.

    • Raj says:

      I really am going to smell the tomatoes next time I go grocery shopping! So far I’ve been going by look and feel.

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  8. Vicky says:

    I don’t often see tomatoes with uneven colouring, I’ll definitely look out for them! Sorry I’m late, I’ve been coming here and wondering when you’re going to be back!

    I shared my simple red slaw recipe today!

    Have a lovely week!

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