Discover natural sweeteners, such as agave, stevia, xylitol and Whey Low, These alternative sweeteners are low calorie sweeteners, free from the side effects of chemical sweeteners.
With sweeteners, pay attention to the glycemic rating. The glycemic index is a way to measure how quickly the foods and drinks you consume raise your blood sugar.
Ordinary white table sugar is used as a base for the ratings. It is rated at 64. According to Nan Fuchs, PhD, anything under 55 is safe for diabetics, in reasonable quantities.
Important note: Approximately 50 percent of sugar sold in the U.S. comes from genetically modified sugar beets. If the label doesn't say "cane sugar," (from sugar cane) it is probably genetically modified.
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Natural Sweeteners: Stevia Sweetener
Stevia is widely known as an alternative sweetener. The FDA, perhaps encouraged by the companies that produce billions of dollar worth of aspartame (Nutrasweet) and sucralose (Splenda), has forbidden its use in foods. Some of those companies are hard at work altering this inexpensive natural product so it can be patented for big profits. One product, called Truvia, is already available. Soon you will probably see it in food products.
Stevia is extremely sweet, 200 times sweeter than sugar, has zero calories, and has a negligible effect on blood sugar. However, it has one quality that some people don't like when they use it in large quantities: It has an aftertaste similar to licorice. I solve that by combining it with my other sweetener, Whey Low. For more information on stevia, do an Internet search or go to stevia.com.
There are refined versions of Stevia that don't have the licorice-taste problem. See them at your health food store, along with the healthiest, unrefined stevia, a dark brown liquid.
Stevia kills Lyme Disease bacteria
Stevia actually kills the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, says Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D., in his newsletter, Nutrition & Healing, 6/17. Stevia has many amazing health benefits, says Dr. Rothfeld. It lowers blood pressure and has even been used to treat diabetes.
Bacteria that can cause serious infections, including Lyme Disease bacteria, are protected from your immune system by a coating called "biofilm." In a 2003 article, an NIH researcher claimed that biofilm is involved in up to 80 percent of all bacterial infections. Stevia can break up the sticky biofilm that can cause many different bacteria to evade your immune system.
I sweeten my iced tea with a combination of unrefined brown liquid stevia and Whey Low.
See more about Dr. Rothfeld and his newsletter.
According to syndicated health columnist Ann Louise Gittleman, July 2011, Truvia is composed of stevia combined with a sugar alcohol called erythritol, which can cause bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea. For your writer, other sugar alcohols, those ending in "ol," cause massive gas. Those would include xylitol, maltitol and sorbitol. I haven't tried erythritol.
An organic chemist has combined three common sugars, sucrose, lactose and fructose in a way that lowers the glycemic index (12, to table sugar's 64) and calorie count (1/4 that of table sugar) of the resulting alternative sweetener. It sounds impossible, but I can tell you this: I have used it for several years and it works for me. When I eat high glycemic sugars, they make me hungry for more. Whey Low does not do that to me, nor have I experienced any other side effects that I know of. I am glad I found it. Whey Low tastes and bakes exactly like table sugar, in the same amounts. See more at wheylow.com.
Xylitol Low Calorie Sweetener
Another alternative sweetener is xylitol, which also tastes exactly like sugar, with a calorie count of less than three calories per gram. Unfortunately for me, it seems that all the sweeteners ending in "ol" (xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol) give me gas and diarrhea, so I can't use them.
Your Web site writer (who has no medical training; check with your doctor) uses two other alternative sweeteners. Although I am not diabetic, I do have to be on a strict low-glycemic diet to maintain my weight, so I rarely choose to eat white sugar (sucrose). Instead, I use stevia sweetener and Whey Low sweetener.
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