Posts Tagged ‘Sugar substitute’

Eating too much added sugar may be killing you

Young girl carrying a bag of sugar / Fillette ...

The paper’s senior author Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, says excessive intake of added sugar appears to negatively affect health in several ways. It has been linked to the development of high blood pressure, increased triglycerides blood fats, low HDL good cholesterol, fatty liver problems, as well as making insulin less effective in lowering blood sugar.

via Eating too much added sugar may be killing you.

Sugar, the white death.  But seriously, if you are intending on being healthy why are you eating this?

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Thoughts on: 10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda – ABC News

When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you\’d find in a sugary soft drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. But there\’s more to this chemical cocktail than meets the eye.

via 10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda – ABC News.

Oh, please.  The front page of ABC News, in the middle of what could eventually become a constitutional crisis over government control of health care, a lingering crisis over what our government was running in Benghazi and why they were willing to our ambassador and his protective guard be killed without the slightest actual response, crisis upon crisis in DC and the front page we’re getting is:

Diet soda is bad, mmkay?

Full of quotes from, ahem, alternative health sources hoping to uncover vast sins of corporate greed in Big Food.

Look.

Diet soda is associated with poor health and obesity because a lot of  obese people drink it.  And there are a lot of obese people out there.

Diet soda has not been conclusively shown via exhaustive study to do anything to your blood sugar.  The most often quoted study had only 17 participants.  The other studies are rat studies, and we don’t use rat studies to make recommendations to people.

Should you drink it?  Let’s assume you’re not sensitive to the sweetener itself — if you were, you’d absolutely positively know in a life threatening way.    So, as an alternative to caloric beverages, diet soda is a better choice.  Sure we’d rather you drink water.  Out of your tap or inexpensive home filter, so you can drink plenty.  But if you want a soda and there’s diet, you are not going to be harmed by that.  If you find you want more sweet stuff because diet soda is sweet, are you placing the blame on the soda when you already want something sweet?  You be the judge there.

In other words — bogus article slipped in to fill space this particular network is not going to fill with true stories about real news.

Nectresse review

There’s another new sweetener on the block … this one, from the Splenda folks, is fruit-based (monk fruit) like Splenda  is (banana).  The departure is that this is a purportedly natural extract, whereas Splenda involves chlorine-based extraction.

There’s another difference, though.  Nectresse is Erythritol (sugar alcohol) + Sugar + Monk Fruit Extract + Molasses.  Thus it takes the “natural” claim on the front of the box to mean, natural in the current federal standards, not natural as in, containing stuff that grows out of the ground.  Sugar alcohol is legally a natural product since it occurs naturally in fruits even though this is not a natural sweetener because if it was, you could go outdoors in the right spot and gather some up for yourself.    I’m far past weary of this kind of legal tap dance.

Beyond that, it does taste pretty good.  Maybe a little fruity, maybe a little citrus-y aftertaste that’s a little chemical.

It bakes reasonably well, not great.

It comes in a box the size of an 80-count box of other sweeteners for about $1-2 less … but, alas, it’s pretty bulky so there’s only 40 packages in there.

This is a market that’s already crowded and very saturated – people who are going to use alternative sweeteners already do.  So to get in, you have to take share from somebody else, and we can’t see this product pushing anybody out.   Likely the manufacturer, now that Splenda’s protection period has run out and is available in a very satisfactory generic, is looking to make up some of those lost Splenda sales by giving us something new to try.  But it doesn’t present any definitive newness other than its claim to being natural, which is clearly legally true and clearly practically speaking, a stretch.  We’ll leave it at that.

All in all, we’re not feeling the nectresse love here.    B minus.

What should you use for your artificial sweetener?  The answer is … here it comes … wait for it … NOTHING.  God made things as sweet as he intended for them to be.  If you want sweet, eat naturally sweet things.  If you have a sweet tooth, stop eating unnaturally sweet things, and the sweet tooth will go away.    Having a sweet tooth is our colloquial way of saying your a supertaster of sweet — your taste buds and your wiring of those into your pleasure centers and your memories are extremely efficient.   The one and only way to eliminate that is to train yourself to appreciate natural sweetness by totally eliminating unnatural sweetness.   Products like this really just perpetuate the problem.

7 side effects of drinking diet soda

… knowing these 7 side effects of drinking diet soda may help you kick the can for good.

via 7 side effects of drinking diet soda – MSN Healthy Living – Health and Wellness.

We’ll continue to warn you that diet soda’s association with obesity may be mostly because obese people drink diet soda, but there are other reasons to switch to another noncaloric beverage too.

Mercyhurst study aims to identify sucralose levels in beach water | Mercyhurst College

Faculty and student researchers at Mercyhurst University continue to investigate the presence of potentially harmful chemicals in the beach waters of Presque Isle State Park and have added a new one to their list: sucralose. A chlorinated form of sucrose found in artificial sweeteners, sucralose is used in an estimated 4,500 products ranging from Halloween candies to diet sodas.

Biochemistry majors Gregg Robbins-Welty and Erin Cox sample local beach waters.

Studies suggest that approximately 95 percent of ingested sucralose is not metabolized by the body and is excreted into the water supply, said Dr. Amy Parente, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Mercyhurst

via Mercyhurst study aims to identify sucralose levels in beach water | Mercyhurst College.

Your diet soda pee is polluting the countryside.