During the 1960’s sugar wasn’t blamed. In 1967, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) put the blame on saturated for heart disease on fats. Consequently, heart disease research from a food science and public health perspective is flawed. Most of all, the NEJM is one of the largest and respected medical journals in the world.
What’s Wrong With Sugar?
The Sugar Research Foundation compromised this study by giving a total of $19,000 to the head researchers. $19,000 is equivalent to $50,000 today. This study combined with bad research by Dr. Ancel Keys results in the many low fat diets seen today. Improper benefits and bad research put the public at risk by blaming the wrong substance on heart disease. Fortunately, emerging science continues to minimize the connection between saturated fat and heart disease.
Reverse the Fear: Sugars and Processed Carbs
Let’s say the bad studies linked the heart disease epidemic to sugar. Government agencies would have stricter limits on sugar and carbohydrate intake. “Warning, sugar increases the likelihood for heart disease. ” Would the U.S. still be one of the unhealthiest countries in the world? Would the obesity rates of our kids and teenagers still be high and increasing? I think not. Let’s break down common sweeteners and which are the best.
The sweeteners listed below are highly processed. Processed means to heat, freeze, ferment, or add chemicals to make a product.
- Sucrose aka table sugar
- Saccharin and dextrose (Sweet N Low)
- Sucralose and dextrose (Splenda)
- Aspartame (Equal)
Evidence shows a link between artificial sweeteners and oxidative stress and inflammation which cause damage to organs and the brain. Furthermore, artificial sweeteners increase risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type two diabetes, and heart disease. Also, high use of artificial sweeteners alters good gut bacteria. Since sweeteners are widespread in processed foods and drinks, high accumulation is attainable. Studies using Splenda and mice showed evidence of reduction in beneficial gut flora and reduced fecal PH (acidic). Normal body PH is alkaline. There is enough evidence to suggest removing these harmful substances from your diet. Make sure to check your ingredient labels too!
- Stevia rebaudiana (Sweetleaf)
Stevia is a popular plant because it’s sweet and may be medicinal. The healthy compound in Stevia is steviol glycosides. Stevia is an antioxidant, natural preservative, antimicrobial, and anitfungal. Stevia is thermostable therefore cooking with it will not change the chemical structure. It’s stable at 392 degrees Fahrenheit. When comparing stevia to other artificial sweeteners, stevia is much healthier by far.
I recommend Sweet Drops by SweetLeaf. Sweet Drops uses Stevia extract with natural flavors.The natural flavors contain ingredients from herbs, fruits, and vegetables. In conclusion, avoid artificial sweeteners and use SweetLeaf or local honey.
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