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Sugars and Sweeteners

July 24, 2010

We have been talking about Sucralose in class. This is from Dr. Ray Strand,our Healthy For Life Guy!

Splenda
This product is marketed as a natural sugar
under the name of sucralose. However, it is
a chemically altered sugar with chlorine
atoms that prevents its ability to be utilized
by the body. It is not a natural sugar and this
claim was even taken to court with an
undisclosed settlement. A Duke University
study also showed that in rats the
consumption of sucralose altered the flora of
the bowel and led to absorption problems
and metabolism problems. In any event, it
seems like every artificial sweetener comes
under more intense scrutiny after they hit the
market. I am sure in the future there will be
more studies that will show concerns with the
use of this sweetener.”

Dr. Strand recommends Stevia as a sweetener. He feels it is the best sugar substitute on the market today. It comes from the leaves of a tropical plant known as sweet leaf. it is 300 times sweeter than sugar. It does not contain any calories. I love to add a few drops to water with lemon. Very refreshing:)

Here is the link to Dr. Strand’s newsletter: Sugar and Sweeteners

I grew stevia in my back yard one year and gave everyone a leaf for dessert!

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