(NaturalHealth365) Are you using artificial sugar in an effort to keep your blood sugar levels under control? Maybe you’ve been told that sugar substitutes are a great way to reduce calories. If so, I strongly suggest you keep reading the rest of this article…
Millions of diabetics and overweight people are being lied to – every day – by conventional food and disease “experts”. Allow me to say it another way – there is NO scientific evidence that proves artificial sweeteners are good for diabetics. In fact, it’s the complete opposite!
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), “Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.” The ADA goes on to say that, “two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.” Yet, this same organization advocates the use of “sugar substitutes” which promote diabetes and horrible health problems.
Artificial sweeteners are slowly killing diabetics
The French National Institute of Health and Medical Research which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stated that contrary to conventional thinking, the risk of diabetes is higher with “light” beverages compared with ‘regular” sweetened drinks.”
Those that consume the most artificial sweeteners consume more calories. Larger meals are the cornerstone of after-meal sugar spikes, which produce a destructive effect on the pancreas. When people have spiking glucose levels, they secrete high levels of insulin – which leads to type-2 diabetes.
You may be shocked to learn that research has repeatedly shown that low-calorie sweeteners like, aspartame actually stimulate your appetite; increase cravings for carbohydrates plus increase fat storage and weight gain.
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine found Splenda® can change the body’s insulin response. The researchers wanted to determine whether insulin levels are affected by the combination of sucralose and glucose. Can you guess what happened next?
The study participants had an average body weight mass index (BMI) of around 42, which is 12 points above the threshold of obesity. The volunteers were given either water or sucralose to drink before a glucose challenge test, which involved consuming a similar glucose dosage to the amount given in a glucose-tolerance test.
M. Yanina Pepino PhD, research assistant professor of medicine reported: “When study participants drank sucralose, there blood sugar peaked at a higher level than when they drank only water before consuming glucose. Insulin levels also rose about 20 percent higher. So, the artificial sweetener was related to an enhanced blood insulin and glucose response.”
The elevated insulin response suggests that a person is able to adjust insulin to spiking glucose levels. This is detrimental to your health – because when you constantly secrete high levels of insulin, it often leads to type-2 diabetes.
The health risks associated with artificial sweeteners
Sucralose is primarily marketed as Splenda®, but is known less commonly as Sukrana, SucraPlus, Cukren and Nevella. What is not known, by most consumers, is that it was an accidental lab creation – when researchers were looking for a new insecticide.
They discovered sucralose in 1976, and today it is used in 6,000 commercially popular products. The FDA deemed it “safe” for consumption and states it can be used in cooking and baking. This product has been marketed as natural and just like sugar. (what a scam!)
This sweetener has replaced aspartame as the number one sweetener in foods and beverages. Sucralose is a chlorinated sugar, a chlorocarbon. Common chlorocarbons are atomic elements employed in bleach, disinfectants, insecticide, WW1 poison gas, and hydrochloric acid. Does this sound like something to eat?!
Keep in mind, chlorocarbon is not nutritionally compatible with human metabolic functioning and is tied to metabolic syndrome – a precursor for diabetes.
Saccharine, known as Sweet’N Low®, was discovered in the late 19th century by a chemist who noticed the bread he was eating at dinner was unusually sweet. By licking his hands and clothes, he was able to trace the taste back to a spill in his lab. By 1907, this coal tar derivative was being used as a sugar substitute for diabetics. It’s no wonder diabetes is on the rise with no end in sight.
Today, it’s found in the cute pink packets on the counters of most restaurants, in drinks and other low-cal products. It’s a sickening product that should be avoided – at all costs.
Aspartame, used in Equal® and NutraSweet®, causes an increase in fasting blood glucose levels and reduced insulin sensitivity, and when taken with a meal that has MSG, it causes a rise in fasting glucose level. All these sweeteners are capable, when mixed with other chemicals, of altering metabolic functions and creating a diabetic condition.
What are the best alternatives to artificial sweeteners?
Whole food sweeteners such as raw, (wildcrafted) honey, pure maple syrup, stevia or fresh, organic fruits are by far the smartest choice. Obviously, a balanced diet rich in high-quality fats, healthy protein and naturally-derived carbohydrates – without synthetic (toxic) ingredients will keep you healthy and strong.
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About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of NaturalHealth365.com and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show sponsored by NaturalHealth365.com and NaturalNews.com. Jonathan is helping millions of people worldwide create health and physical fitness through a variety of educational and entertaining articles, teleconference calls, live shows and special events.
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