Alternative sugar for diabetics

 

The topic about alternative sugar also known as  artificial sweeteners   can be confusing. One problem is that the word itself  is often open to interpretation. For instance, some manufacturers call their sweeteners “natural” even though they’re processed or refined. Alternative sugar/ artificial sweeteners   are attractive  to people with diabetis because they add virtually no calories to your diet. In addition, you need only a fraction compared with the amount of  normal sugar you would usually use for sweetness.

These kind of sugar   are widely used in processed foods, including  dairy products, and scores of other foods and beverages.Aside from being use in process foods, these type of sugar    can also be use in home cooking.Certain recipes may need modification, though, because alternative sugars/ artificial sweeteners  provide no bulk or volume, as does normal sugar. But this kind  of  sugars may leave an after taste though

To add up, one benefit that we can get from   alternative sugar/ artificial sweeteners  aside from helping people with diabetis. Is  that they don’t contribute to tooth decay and cavities. Also this classification of  sugar are usually those that are non-nutritive, which means that they have virtually no calories. But with all the good benefits this sugar can give to us, there is also some bad ones.One is that, too much consumption of this sugar can lead to cancer.

But  according to the National Cancer Institute and other health agencies, there’s no  scientific evidence that any of these alternative sugar/ artificial sweeteners  approved for use in places like  U.S. can  cause cancer or other serious health problems. And according to FDA, these type  of sugar are those that  are ” generally safe to use”.

Also some process foods that contain this artificial sweeteners that is being label, “sugar-free, reduced sugar or no sugar added”, is not completely true.In other words they are  not necessarily carbohydrate-free or low in carbohydrate as well as low in calorie.

 

Aside from the possibility of having cancer from too much consumption of this type of sugar, it can also be a reason in the   increasing  number of people with brain tumors between 1975 and 1992. But then again it shows no proof whatsoever to these claims.

 

Some of the people avoid this type of sugar like a plague,  because the mechanisms of harm may differ,  but still they’re all  harmful in one way or another. One is aspartame that  is perhaps the most dangerous of the bunch. At least it’s one of the most widely used and has the most reports of adverse effects. There are also hundreds of scientific studies  demonstrating its harmful effects.

 

This is why it’s so frustrating to see big companies like Coca-Cola Company purposely deceive you on this issue, which is exactly what they’re currently doing with their “public service” announcement-type ads, in which they “affirm” aspartame’s safety and benefits.

 

Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson issued the following statement in response to Coca-Cola’s new ad

“Aspartame has been found to cause cancer-leukemia, lymphoma and other tumors. In laboratory animals, and it shouldn’t be in the food supply. We certainly want Coca-Cola to shift its product mix toward lower- and no-calorie drinks, but aspartame’s reputation isn’t worth rehabilitating with this propaganda campaign.

The company would be better off phasing out its use of aspartame and accelerating its research into safer, natural sweeteners such as those extracted from the stevia plant.”

On the contrary, being stated above. This type of sugar is not completely safe to use. Most recently, a report published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism highlighted the fact that diet soda drinkers suffer the same exact health problems as those who opt for regular soda, including excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

 

So the very reason anyone would consider using diet instead of sugared sweeteners has no basis in fact. Anyone using them would get the same problems as using regular sugar and expose themselves to the well documented risks of artificial sweeteners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCES:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/artificial-sweeteners/art-20046936

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/artificial-sweeteners/

http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/diabetes-stevia#2

 

 

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