Sugar Free Chocolate


We have had a number of people ask if it’s Ok to eat “sugar-free” chocolate – i.e. chocolate that uses artificial sweeteners rather than sugar. The short answer is a very qualified “yes – but”.

Here’s why:
– It is allowed under the Rules of the Challenge that state you need to stay under 10g of sugar for every 100g and this chocolate is typically around 6-8g of sugar per 100g. But we don’t recommend ongoing consumption of artificial sweeteners for overall health.
– A key guiding principle of a healthy diet is to “eat real food” that our body evolved over many thousands of years to metabolise properly, and avoid industrial or manufactured foods that are new to the human diet. Simply ask yourself – do you want to be a human lab rat proving whether these new chemical compounds cause cancer or diabetes?
– There are some worrying results coming from lab testing of these sweeteners on both rats and humans. There is concern on several fronts. (1) That they confuse the amygdala and “reward centre” of the brain, which previously associated sweetness with calorie-rich foods, meaning your body now gets conditioned to no longer trigger a limit on food intake whenever it encounters sweet foods. In some tests rats actually gained more weight after taking artificial sweeteners and were less able to lose that weight, than rats previously fed sugar. This applied even when a natural sweetener like Stevia was used instead of a manufactured sweetener like saccharine. (2) Scientists have observed the development of “glucose intolerance” in both rats and humans which is a pre-diabetic condition where the body no longer responds as rapidly in metabolising glucose in the blood stream (3) Scientists have also observed a change in the intestinal gut bacteria in both rats and humans from the use of artificial sweeteners. When that same gut bacteria was introduced to other rats, they then developed glucose intolerance.

You can read more about this here:

– One key goal of the challenge is to re-condition your taste buds to accept a lower level of sweetness as the “new normal”. If you continue to eat sweet chocolate (even if its “sugar free) you will not do this.
– Almost all these chocolates are made with an artificial sweetener called “Maltitol” which comes with a general health warning that consuming more than 100g in a day can have laxative effects. Other reports indicate it can cause gas and/or abdominal pain. So if you are going to try it, please limit yourself to a small amount – e.g. a 35g bar.

TVNZ Te Karere: FabFeb & GlowKids

A great news item on Anna & Mark Rangi, and their beautiful young daughter Tiahuia who has Cerebral Palsy.  Tiahuia attended “GlowKids”, a specialist centre in Auckland for children with motor disorders and one of the charities FabFeb is supporting.

Mark and Anna have started their own “FabFeb Challenge 2015″ page in support of GlowKids.


NZ Herald feature story on FabFeb & Hearing House

Peyton & her Mum

FabFeb featured in the Herald on Sunday courtesy of our charity partner The Hearing House, in a story on 21 month old Peyton who received two cochlear implants and the ability to hear for the first time. A great example of why you should help us support these charities. Her Mum Rochae is doing FabFeb. Click on the “Donate” button on our Home page and select either “Hearing House” or enter “Rochae Slattery-Holtz” to support their challenges!

Click here for the link:

Best wishes to Rochae & Peyton!

FabFeb & GlowKids on Chinese TV (WTV)

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FabFeb and one of the charities we support, GlowKids, featured on the national news for New Zealand Chinese TV channel “WTV” on Friday 16th Jan.

Here is a link to the story:

Scroll 8.55 minutes into the segment to watch the nearly 3 minute long news item which talked to FabFeb founder (David McGrath) and featured one of GlowKids’ parents Rebecca and her son Tye who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. GlowKids is a therapy centre for children with neurological motor disorders and one of the charities that FabFeb supports.

The Hobbit Smoothie

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This smoothie is a tribute to Kiwi movie director Peter Jackson and all the crew of the final Hobbit movie. Its called “The Hobbit” for two reasons: (1) it’s a Kiwi that makes it and (2) we blend the Kiwi’s whole, including their furry skin, so this smoothie definitely has hairy feet!  Drink this and you can easily take on five armies!

Did I mention its also delicious? :-)

(Note: if you use a good blender you won’t even taste the furry skin of the Kiwi – you will just get the benefit of those extra nutrients).

Ingredients 1 Person 2 People
Kiwifruit (including skin) 1 2
Banana (frozen) ½ 1
Avocado ¼ ½
Coconut milk 2 tbsp ¼ cup (=4 tbsp)
Cashews (raw, unsalted) 2 tbsp ¼ cup (=4 tbsp)
Water ¾ cup 1 ½ cups


New Fast Food Chains bet on Healthy Eating

Are you tired of seeing KFC, Burger King, and MacDonald’s all competing hard out with Carls Junior to promote the biggest “Heart Attack” burgers they can possibly dream up? Well, don’t despair, there are a number of new fast food chains exploding across America that focus on healthy eating.

Check out this story…

Here’s my prediction – these new chains will make a fortune in the next 10 years!



Black Eyed Pea smoothie – hip hop and healthy!

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Black Eyed Pea Smoothie – Hip Hop and Healthy!

This smoothie was spun up on my kitchen turntable as a tribute to the masters of hip hop and I am confident Fergie and Will.I.Am would enjoy it as much as we do here at FabFeb! Its healthy, low sugar, and protein packed because of its two main ingredients – peas and chia seeds. If you are familiar with chia seeds you’ll know they look like little black eyes. What more can I say!

The protein per serving in this smoothie from the peas, seeds and nuts totals around 0.46 ounces or 13 grams, which is a bit more than you would get from 2 eggs.


Dave McGrath (resident FabFeb smoothie DJ)


Ingredients 1 Person 2 People
Peas (frozen) 1 cup 2 cups
Apple ½ 1
Parsley (chopped) ¼ cup ½ cup
Mint leaves (chopped) ½ tbs 1 tbs
Chia seeds 1 tbs 2 tbs
Cashews (raw, unsalted) 2 tbs ¼ cup (=4 tbs)
Water (cold) 1 cup 2 cups