Gluten-free hunt

Was there a mistake in Alison's Gluten-Free Baking Mix (“Gluten-Free Party Foods,” October 2008)? Does arrowroot powder actually exist? I can't find it anywhere.
-Gabriela Silva, via email

If your natural products store doesn't sell arrowroot powder (also called arrowroot flour or starch), you can order it directly from Bob's Red Mill (bobsredmill.com).
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RLS relief

I was delighted to see acetyl-L-carnitine featured in your October issue (“Herbs and Supplements 101”). I take 250 mg acetyl-L-carnitine and 800 mg horse chestnut each night to combat restless leg syndrome and have no more leg jitters. What a relief!
-Dianne Kinzer, via email

Where's the fructose?

Why don't we hear more about fructose as an alternative to sugar? I hear that it has a lower glycemic index than cane sugar.
-Geoff Keller, via email

It's true that fructose has a lower glycemic index than sucrose (cane sugar). However, numerous studies show that consuming fructose in large amounts — especially in the form of high-fructose corn syrup — prevents insulin from working effectively, which can contribute to weight gain.
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Update

After reader Jennifer Ness recommended using baking soda and vinegar in place of shampoo and conditioner in September's “Feedback,” dozens of readers requested specific instructions. Find Jennifer's step-by-step tips on our Beauty and Body forum.

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