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Nothing Sweet About Artificial Sweetener

With worldwide obesity rates doubling in the past three decades, is it any surprise that artificial sweeteners have been gaining popularity? Beginning in the creation of saccharin, “sugar substitutes” have become the answer to a dieter’s prayer. Or is it?

Artificial Sweeteners

If you can’t cut out artificial sweeteners altogether, appreciate that the most natural of all low-calorie sweeteners is Stevia. This plant is found in South America and has been used in Paraguay for centuries and Japan for decades.

Sucralose – Splenda

Splenda is 600 times sweeter than standard table sugar. Splenda is advertised as being made from sugar and thus has avoided the “bad press” that comes with being a chemical. Created by a patented chemical reaction that removes three molecules of hydrogen and oxygen and replaces them with chloride, sucralose is a manufactured product. Research has said that it’s “safe”, but the latest research is showing that up to 15% is absorbed in the digestive system and into fat cells.

Agave

This syrup is generally not made from the sap, as is commonly believed, but from the pineapple-like root bulb using a process very similar to how cornstarch is converted to high-fructose corn syrup. Once processed, agave has such a high fructose content that it’s almost as bad for your body as high-fructose corn syrup. If it isn’t the sap taken directly from the leaves, then it should be considered unhealthy.

Stevia.

A natual sweetener is generally anything that is found sweet in its original form and does not require a chemical reaction to make it so. This does not include “corn sugar”, which is just another name for high-fructose corn syrup and is not natural.

Too Much Sugar

The average child consumes twice the amount of recommended daily sugar intake, and more than 42% of the added sugars in a daily diet are from sugary beverages. The childhood obesity epidemic has become a serious concern. Things that are sweet should be a treat. These are not items that should be consumed daily. Whether it’s an artificial sweetener, sugar or even natural sugar from whole fruit, things that are sweet should not be a major part of a child’s daily diet.

Natural Sweeteners

When it is time to sweeten something or you want to bake and need a good sugar substitute many wellness practitioners would recommend Stevia. The most natural of all low-calorie sweeteners, this plant is found in South America and has been used in Paraguay for centuries and Japan for decades. As with all sweeteners, the difference is where and how it’s produced. Be sure to purchase all natural Stevia.

A natual sweetener is generally anything that is found sweet in its original form and does not require a chemical reaction to make it so. This does not include “corn sugar”, which is just another name for high-fructose corn syrup and is not natural.

Eating items that are chemically created is generally not a good idea. Artificial sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame and sucralose have been reported to cause vairous adverse reactions. Furthermore, research is showing that while our taste buds may be fooled by the sweet-tasting, calorie-free treats we’re allowing ourselves, our brains might not. Studies have shown that it’s possible consuming low-calorie sweeteners may actually cause weight gain by confusing the body’s ability to estimate caloric intake and resulting in overindulgence later.

 


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IMG_0151eBack in April 2015 I was involved in a car accident. There was constant ache, burning, numbness, and stabbing pain in my back and it was difficult to do any activities. I went to three different hospitals with no relief and still was in extreme pain. I was then referred to Dr. Trekell. After being examined and X-rayed, he informed me that I had a compression fracture and got me an appointment the following morning with Alaska Imaging ( I had been trying to get into a specialist for weeks with no luck but Dr. Trekell got me in immediately). They took me directly in for a CT scan. When I was coming out of the tube, four staff members surrounded me and held me still saying that if I move I could be paralyzed from the waist down. The paramedics came and flat boarded me to Providence where  I had an MRI taken and went straight into surgery. Dr. Susan Fix orchestrated my care at Providence and performed surgery . Four months after the surgery I am doing physical therapy with Dr. Trekell and progressing nicely. If Dr. Trekell had not been thorough and very good at what he does I would have been paralyzed from the waist down. He caught what three other major care providers missed and basically saved my life. ~Swanee S.

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