Sugar, Sugar (& Sweeteners…)
I have been wanting to write an article on sugar and sweeteners for some time. And courtesy of Wikipedia I have cobbled this together to hopefully give you a snapshot of why sugar is best to be avoided or used occasionally and responsibly.
You can use other sources to do your own research on sugars and fake sugar replacements and are of course entitled to make up your own mind about this unnecessary sweetener.
However, if the human race survived for 60,000 years before sugar was ‘discovered’ one wonders if we need it in 70% of our food right now? Considering the illnesses such as cancers, obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and emotional issues linked to sugar and its over consumption.
We kick off with SUCRALOSE, sweetener
Sucralose = chlorinated sucrose (sugar)
In trials, lab rats had increased ph (acidity) level in their guts and weight gain… whilst the FDA report ‘safe for human consumption’ of course they do, they’re being paid off…!
My favourite pet hate – ASPARTAME
Made in 1965, not approved for 16 years till 1981, why?
But surely all this controversy comes from somewhere? If you look into how much money is made from aspartame and what these people have to lose if it is ‘deemed dangerous to public health’ then of course these huge conglomerates will ensure that they squash any negativity around the product.
Caused bladder cancer in lab rats but ‘safe’ for human consumption – although completely devoid of any nutrient qualities…
SUCROSE(normal white granulated sugar)
No micronutrients but contains carbohydrates which are digested in the body and turned into glucose. Excessive use can cause weight gain, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay and gout
Was a luxury in the 1700’s and became a ‘necessity’ (is it? Really? No!) in the 1900’s
FRUCTOSE, apparently fruit sugar
“The colonic flora also produces carbon dioxide, short chain fatty acids, organic acids, and trace gases in the presence of unabsorbed fructose. The presence of gases and organic acids in the large intestine causes gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, flatulence, and gastrointestial pain“
My thoughts, if you want fruit sugar – eat some fruit!
Brown sugar, is it better?
Well, yes. Even trace amounts of micronutrients (bits and minerals) are better than zero nutrients so if you’re going to use sugar, use natural brown, raw, sugars this Christmas.
I personally use Muscovado as it has the most beneficial nutrient quantity and I feel more confident in knowing that it’s as close to its raw state as possible.
Glorious Food represents learning how to feed your body better and any chemically produced (interesting how both aspartame and saccharin were ‘discovered by scientists licking their hands.’)has got to be bad for your body as we weren’t designed to ingest chemicals.
Always opt for organic, raw, natural, whole foods where possible. And occasionally if you need to reach for convenience foods – always read the label – and always KNOW what you’re putting in your body. It’s the only one you’ve got…!
Feed Yourself Better with Glorious Food!