Let’s talk: Sugar?

 “Hey Stevia! Natural plant sugar, that’s cool. Let me check the ingredients just to be safe… All right, stevia leaf extract, good, sugar, good, Ery…th.. Erythritol..tol, what the heck is Erythritol.” 

“Lemme do a quick Google search here. Da da da, ah ha. Erythritol. Sugar alcohol. May cause upset stomach, diarrhea, headache if high amounts ingested. Okay, That’s a no on Truvia.”

Sugar.

Some love it, some love to hate it, some say it’s healthy and others refuse to have it in their homes or give it to their kids.

The question is, are all sugars bad? 

Vegans know that not all sugars are alike in fact, not all sugar is even vegan.

Most processed sugars today are filtered with animal bone char. Yes, animals. Over half of the cane refineries in the United States use bone char to cut costs. It’s pretty hard to believe that something so sweet can have such a sour history right? This process steers vegans to more holistic types of sugar.

There’s also the question of natural sugars? Fruits have sugar, is that bad too? Is it the same?

So, processed sugar- let’s break it down:

How the body processes the sugar in fruit differs from how it metabolizes refined sugar in processed foods. The body breaks down refined sugar rapidly, causing insulin and blood sugar levels to shoot up.

Because refined sugar is digested quickly, you don’t feel full after you’re done eating, no matter how many calories you consumed.

The fiber in fruit slows down metabolism, as fruit in the gut expands to make you feel full.

In 1957 Dr. William Coda Martin said that the definition of poison was “Medically: Any substance applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body, which causes or may cause disease.”

Dr. Martin classified refined sugar as a poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals. “What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present.

Incomplete carbohydrate metabolism results in the formation of ‘toxic metabolite’ such as pyruvic acid and abnormal sugars containing five carbon atoms. Pyruvic acid accumulates in the brain and nervous system and the abnormal sugars in the red blood cells. These toxic metabolites interfere with the respiration of the cells. They cannot get sufficient oxygen to survive and function normally. In time, some of the cells die. This interferes with the function of a part of the body and is the beginning of degenerative disease.

Refined sugar is so empty in vital nutrients in fact, that in order to prevent a sudden shock of such a high intake of sugar, our bodies quickly mobilize and put to use our sodium, calcium and magnesium in order to create a balance. This process is known as chemical transmutation. All of this, in order to fix the acid/alkaline balance in our blood.

Excess sugar, eventually  effects every organ in the body.

Originally stored in our liver, once the liver has expanded to its full capability it releases the excess glycogen in the form of fatty acids which shoots straight to our butts, belly, thighs etc. when THOSE places are completely filled the fatty acids have no choice but to go to active organs. Heart and kidneys for example.

The organs begin to slow down, tissues degenerate and turn to fat causing abnormal blood pressure in the body.

Processed sugar in the brain:

They key to orderly brain function is glutamic acid. Found in vegetables! Lack of B vitamins in our brain causes us to be sleepy, clumsy and forgetful. B vitamins that divide glutamic acid into compounds produce necessary responses in our brain.   Consuming refined sugar daily causes these bacteria to die and our b vitamins deplete. Making us grumpy, sleepy, clumsy and forgetful.

High fructose corn syrup, dextrose, sucanat etc are all the same! Different names, different break downs but still empty enough to deplete your body of nutrients and energy. Still if over eaten can cause all of the health problems above.

In closing on the processed sugar topic here is Dr. Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital:

“Sugar-containing foods in their natural form, whole fruit, for example, tend to be highly nutritious—nutrient-dense, high in fiber, and low in glycemic load. On the other hand, refined, concentrated sugar consumed in large amounts rapidly increases blood glucose and insulin levels, increases triglycerides, inflammatory mediators and oxygen radicals, and with them, the risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses,” -Dr. Ludwig

Artificial sweeteners: 
Oh boy, this has been a huge controversy over the years but I’ll give you not only facts but my take on the issue. 

The FDA has approved five artificial sweeteners: saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose. It has also approved one natural low-calorie sweetener, stevia.
Saccharin: Saccharin induces bladder cancer in rats, when fed in high doses. However, rodents react to most sodium salts, such as sodium ascorbate, with urothel proliferation and neoplasia of the bladder. Heavy artificial sweetener use (>1680 mg per day) leads to an increased “relative risk” of 1.3 for bladder cancer in humans.

This came from the OJ. Later (of course) the issue was revisited and officials now say Saccharin is safe with no risk of bladder cancer HOWEVER they still do not recommend that infants, children or pregnant women consume it.

Although it’s now deemed safe it’s still well known that Saccharin “may” cause

-cancer

-diabetes

-allergic reactions

-weight gain

Acesulfame:  Acesulfame-K (aka “Ace-K”) is a potassium salt containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen. Acesulfame-K is not the same thing as Aspartame, but quite often, BOTH are found in the same products. Reported side effects of Acesulfame-K are frightening: “Long term exposure to methylene chloride can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with eyesight and possibly cancer. Acesulfame-K may contribute to hypoglycemia.

Aspartame: Claims have been made that aspartame is related to health effects ranging from mild problems such as headache, dizziness, digestive symptoms, and changes in mood, to more serious health issues such as Alzheimer disease, birth defects, diabetes, Gulf War syndrome, attention deficit disorders, Parkinson disease, lupus.

Neotame: Neotame is also more stable at higher temperatures than aspartame, so it’s approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods.

However, one of the byproducts your body creates by breaking down aspartame is formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic to your health even in very small doses. Furthermore, in a search of PubMed.gov, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which has over 11 million medical citations, neotame fails to include any double-blind scientific studies on toxicity in humans or animals. If neotame was indeed completely safe to ingest, you would think the NutraSweet Company would have published at least one double-blind safety study in the public domain?
Sucralose: 

The Web site: TruthAboutSplenda.com lists a variety of consumer complaints from Splenda consumption, many of which mimic other health conditions. Some of the most commonly reported adverse effects include:
Gastrointestinal problems

Seizures, dizziness, and migraines

Blurred vision

Allergic reactions

Blood sugar increases and weight gain

But that’s not all. Now, an in-depth scientific review, of sucralose published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health,reveals an extensive list of safety concerns, including toxicity, DNA damage, and heightened carcinogenic potential when used in cooking.

Stevia: There is still so much research to be done on Stevia, it’s my opinion that Stevia is so much better than artificial sweeteners it all depends on how the Stevia is processed!  This is my favorite unbiased article on Stevia.

What Is Stevia? Side Effects, Safety Dangers and Health Benefits as a Natural Sweetener

What does compassionate darling use? 

I use coconut sugar! I do not consume refined white sugar at all even if I’m not sure about a product I will simply not eat it.

Benefits of coconut sugar: 

Coconut Sugar (coconut palm sugar) is not a highly refined sugar.

It’s made from the sap of the coconut palm that has been extracted and then boiled and dehydrated.

Coconut sugar is 70 to 79 percent sucrose and only 3 to 9 percent fructose/glucose you want to keep your fructose consumption as low as possible and refined sugar is 50% fructose.

From a caloric perspective, coconut sugar is identical to table sugar, 4 calories per gram. But despite being so similar, the glycemic index of coconut sugar (36) is substantially lower than that of table sugar (60)
All in all as a vegan I treat coconut sugar like I do regular sugar and I don’t over do it. I get all the sugar my body needs from natural sources; fruits and veggies but coconut sugar is certainly a healthier and more conscious alternative when I do need it. 🙂 

 

 

 

 

“But what if I’m diabetic or simply want a low calorie sweetener?” 

 

It can certainly be a scary thing to be diabetic in a world where sugar has carcinogens, neurotoxins and cancer causing crap.

If I were diabetic: 

I would use Stevia. I wouldn’t just use any Stevia, I would use Sweet Leaf products.

Sweet Leaf processes their Stevia with water and not Erythritol. There are absolutely no hidden nasty elements. It is not only a company I trust but a company I’m proud to say I work with and use their products everyday. I love getting the message out to people who are looking for low glycemic index sweeteners that aren’t terrifying!

What products does Sweet Leaf offer? 

My favorite product they offer is their Sweet Drops.

Primarily for drinks, smoothies, nice cream etc.

Another product I use is their water drops. I do not drink as much water as I should and water drops really helps with that.

A quick water enhancer comparison:


  

Sweet Leaf Water Drops: As you can tell there is no “ycols” “Ames” or “40’s” because Water Drops have no dyes or artificial flavors your water drops come out clear and do not change the color of your water.

Sweet Drops: 

 As you can tell, so so much better for you than the “leading” brands.

For a complete list of Sweet Leaf products go to http://www.sweetleaf.com

I hope this post was helpful, I felt the need to write it being that there is so much misinformation out there today and companies with such horrible agendas funding their own health studies to prove their products are safe to keep you sick and dependent. 
(This post is not 100% my words nor do I lay claim to that, I used snips from the Oxford Journal, Harvard medical page etc. to give you exact details and effects of harmful ingredients) 🙂

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