It’s that time of year again – holiday parties, celebratory meals and extra sweets loaded with sugar. Those special occasions easily become sweet deceptions once you understand the health-depleting effects of what you consume in the way of sugar. Click to continue reading...
Years ago we had little, if any, choice for tasty natural sugar alternatives. Today with new discoveries and technology, there are several choices to satisfy even the most demanding palette. There is one for anything that isn’t baked...SweetLife. And another that is substituted cup for cup for baking... WheyLow. The choices are vast as are their health benefits. Most natural sweeteners are made from a combination of LoHan such as SweetLife. Others like WheyLow are a patented blend of fruit sugar-table and milk-sugar that offer an amazing 60 to 80% lower Glycemic index, 75% lower calories, and 75% lower net carbohydrate than sugar.
Speaking of sugar, below are examples of why specifically caffeinated soft drinks are so readily contributing to the epidemic of obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and immune system disorders; and this list is for real sugar, not artificial chemical sweeteners whose list of side-effects would fill several pages.
The following facts are worth digesting:
√ If you consume a Coke right now, it’s equal to 10 teaspoons of sugar that immediately hit your system.
√ Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes and causes an insulin burst – the liver responds by turning any sugar it can into fat.
√ Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete – your pupils dilate; your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. Now, the adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked, preventing drowsiness.
√ Within 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production – stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain, physically the same way heroin works!
√ Within 60 minutes, phosphoric acid binds to calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your intestine – providing further boost in metabolism and increasing urinary excretion of calcium from your body.
√ Within 61 minutes, caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. Now you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water. In other words, it’s sucking your body dry of nutrients that are vital.
√ Within 62 minutes, the “high” inside you calms down and now you begin to have the sugar crash. You become irritable and/or sluggish as you find your way to the bathroom again to dump more nutrients that your body needs for hydration and building strong bones and teeth.
NOTE: Coke itself is not the enemy here. It’s the dynamic combo of massive sugar doses combined with caffeine and phosphoric acid – found in almost all sodas. If you add a Coke to a high carbohydrate meal and dessert, you have a toxic combo of health-depleting ingredients that literally sabotage your overall health.
Researchers believe that consuming 10 grams (2.1 teaspoons) of sugar suppress the immune system for 6-8 hours – is it any wonder viruses are rampant from October through January?
If the above facts aren’t enough to encourage you to watch your soda and sugar consumption and find a natural sweetener that feeds your sweet tooth, maybe the fact that sugar causes loss of skin elasticity and contributes to premature aging will.
Making poor nutrition choices eventually lead to compromised immunity – making you susceptible to a variety of illnesses, minor and major. The old cliché, “You are what you eat” has never been more on target than during times of stress and high sugar consumption.
Both natural sweeteners are available through the Health Matters Store at www.gloriagilbere.com. SweetLife comes in a shaker and a 2 lb. tub, WheyLow comes in a 2 lb. bag.
You need to remember that SweetLife is made from the Asian gourd LoHan and is great in anything that is not a bakery item; you use it just like sugar. WheyLow is used for baking because it measures exactly like sugar; one cup WheyLow equals one cup sugar in a recipe. Neither of these natural sweeteners has the health-depleting effects of table sugar and can be used safely by diabetics and those with blood-sugar disorders like SyndromeX and Metabolic Syndrome where insulin is not effectively used. I believe the best atribute of these natural sweeteners is that neither one has a bitter or after-taste....ah...healthy indulgence!
The Way I See It...
Why would you choose to continue consuming table sugar once you know its health-depleting effects and healthy alternatives. With epidemic levels of disorders that have a connection to sugar consumption like yeast over-growth (candida), diabetes and related syndromes, ADD/ADHD, obesity, and immune system disorders, make the choice today to use a healthy sweetener and only occasionally eat those high sugar treats as just that...a treat.
Your Health Detective:
Uncovering Clues to Add LIFE to Your Years…NOT Merely Years to Your Life, Naturally
Dr. Gloria Gilbère (aka Dr. G), N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D., D.S.C.,
EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist
Dr. Gilbère is renowned worldwide for her work in identifying and finding natural solutions to chemically-induced and inflammatory disorders, multiple chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Gulf War Syndrome, and digestive disorders that defy conventional diagnosis and treatment. She consults worldwide via telephone and at her Institute in north Idaho. Visit her website at www.gloriagilbere.com for details about consulting with her
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Appleton N. Lick the Sugar Habit (1996) Avery, 2nd Ed. 272 pp.
Kozlovsky, A., et al. Effects of Diets High in Simple Sugars on Urinary Chromium Losses. Metabolism. June 1986;35:515_518
Scanto, S. and Yudkin, J. The Effect of Dietary Sucrose on Blood Lipids, Serum Insulin, Platelet Adhesiveness and Body Weight in Human Volunteers, Postgraduate Medicine Journal. 1969;45:602_607
Quillin, Patrick, Cancer's Sweet Tooth, Nutrition Science News. Ap 2000 Rothkopf, M.. Nutrition. July/Aug 1990;6(4)
Cerami, A., Vlassara, H., and Brownlee, M. "Glucose and Aging." Scientific American. May 1987:90. Lee, A. T. and Cerami, A. The Role of Glycation in Aging. Annals of the New York Academy of Science; 663:63-67