whether artificial sugars are advisable to diabetic patients
Because US food labeling laws have encouraged products t o be called” sugar free” if they do not contain common table sugar (sucrose), the mere substitution of another sugar for sucrose has permitted the packager to deceive the consumer legally. Most so called sugar free products are sugar free, but most certainly will raise the blood sugar.
All the following will raise your blood sugar.
Corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, fructose, glucose, honey, lactose, levulose , maltose, mannose, molasses, sacchrose, sorbitol, sorghum, xylose. Some such as sorbitol and fructose ( as in honey and fruits ) raise blood sugar more slowly than glucose but still too rapidly for one’s comfort.
Some non carbohydrate sweeteners given in the following list can be used without significantly affecting blood sugar.
Stevia powder or liquid,
Sucralose tablets (Splenda), (There is a report which contradicts Splenda)
Cyclamet tablets .
Though Equal tablets contain lactose, the amount is too small to affect blood sugar.
When the same are sold in powdered form, these usually contain a sugar to increase the bulk and will rapidly raise blood sugar. Most powdered sweeteners are sold as low-calorie and/or sugar –free sweeteners. They contain 95% glucose or equivalent and the balance , the artificial sweetener. Stevia powder sold in powder and liquid form contain no sugar of any kind and have minute amounts of carbohydrate.
The Health Dangers of Splenda, according to James Turner, the chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health are numerous.
•reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent
•increases the pH level in your intestines, and
•affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects, particularly if you’re on certain medications
“The symptoms are so numerous I can’t include them all here, but the following are common symptoms, usually noticed within a 24-hour period following consumption of Splenda products:
•Skin -- Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives •Lungs -- Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath.
•Head -- Swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headaches and migraines •Nose -- Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing.
•Eyes -- Red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery.
•Stomach -- Bloating, gas, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea.
•Heart -- Palpitations or fluttering.
•Joints -- Joint pains or aches.
•Neurological -- Anxiety, dizziness, spaced-out sensation, depression.
Beware – You Could be Consuming Splenda Without Your Knowledge
Splenda Has NEVER Been Proven Safe for Human Consumption, because very limited trials on humans. Animal studies reveal plenty of problems, such as:
•Decreased red blood cells -- sign of anemia -- at levels above 1,500 mg/kg/day
•Increased male infertility,
•Enlarged and calcified
•Spontaneous abortions in nearly half the rabbit population given sucralose, compared to zero aborted pregnancies in the control group
•A 23 percent death rate in rabbits, compared to a 6 percent death rate in the control group
Chemically, Splenda is More Similar to DDT than Sugar “
Sucralose is in fact a synthetic chemical that was originally cooked upto a fructo-galactose molecule. This type of sugar molecule does not occur in nature, and therefore your body does not possess the ability to properly metabolize it. As a result of this "unique" biochemical make-up, McNeil Nutritionals makes its claim that Splenda is not digested or metabolized by the body, hence it has zero calories.
But, if you look at the research (which is primarily extrapolated from animal studies) you will see that in fact an average of 15 percent of sucralose IS absorbed into your digestive system, and according to this latest study, it is also absorbed into your fat cells. There is enough evidence showing the dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners to fill an entire book -- which is exactly why I wrote Sweet Deception. If you or your loved ones drink diet beverages or eat diet foods, this book will explain how you've been deceived about the truth behind artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose -- for greed, for profits ... and at the expense of your own health.
To quote Turner, “Now, I am definitely not a fan of sugar, but if I had to choose between sugar and any artificial sweetener, I would choose sugar, hands down, without question. I strongly believe artificial sweeteners are even more dangerous to your health than an excess of sugar.
Sugar has even been shown to be more addictive than cocaine. Stevia is a preferable natural substitute, which can be used in making most dishes and drinks. “
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