Unhealthy Verses Healthy Sweetener

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Artificial Sweeteners

When I was growing up everyone who was watching their weight used artificial sweeteners.

Synthetic Sweeteners were very popular. Back then we did not understand the dangers of using artificial, chemical, synthetic sweeteners. We used lots and lots of them without any thought about the safety. We trusted our food industry!

Today the public is well aware of the harmful nature of using these caustic sweeteners. Used very sparingly there may not be any harm done but who wants to eat anything sweet sparingly? Not me!

Before we look at Healthy Sweeteners, let's take a look of two very popular brands of artificial sweetener on the market today.

ASPARTAME

DISORDERS ASSOCIATED WITH ASPARTAME

  • Birth Defects
  • Cancer
  • Brain Tumors
  • Diabetes
  • Emotional Disorders
  • Epilepsy/Seizures

For a more comprehensive list of Health Risks and Disease Connections to Aspartame click on Dr. Mercola.com website for an article on:ASPARTAME .... What you don't know Can hurt you.


The Dangers of Aspartame

The Dangers of Splenda

Splenda CAN adversely affect the body in several ways because it IS a chemical substance and not natural sugar

Dr. Janet Starr Hull wrote a Book called, Splenda, Is it Safe or not? New chemical sweeteners (like Splenda) and the sweetener blends (aspartame, sucralose and acesulfame K blended together in one product) may be causing users to show signs of weight gain, disruption of sleep patterns, sexual dysfunction, increases in cancer, MS, Lupus, diabetes, and a list of epidemic degenerative diseases. The corporations continue to stand tough in their denial of any connection to chemical sweetener additives

Chlorine is commonly found in nature, but almost always in combination with other building block elements. Chlorine's structure makes it very reactive and because it is so reactive, it is very useful to chemists, engineers and others involved in making things humans use every day.

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Dangers of Sucrolose/splenda

A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

I had been eating the Atkin‘s "Advantage" bars for a long time (but only several a week). The label says that they are sweetened with sucralose, which is the other name for Splenda. Last fall when my husband was on a hunting trip (and I wanted a break from cooking) I drank a lot of canned Atkin‘s shakes, and they contain tons of sucralose. At the end of the week, one evening, I had unbelievable wretching/vomiting for five hours straight. I could not even get off of the floor. The next day I went on the Internet and did a search for Splenda and sucralose and found that I was not alone. Go to www.mercola.com and type in "Splenda" or "sucralose" on Dr. Mercola‘s search engine. There are around 30 testimonies about it telling of all the adverse reactions that people are having from using it.

Among the many symptoms were "wretching/vomiting". At that time I totally quit using anything with Splenda or sucralose in it. Note: While you are on Dr. Mercola‘s Web site, type in "Nutrasweet" or "aspartame" (the Diet Coke sweetener) and read about what a poisonous substance THAT is. It has caused blindness and even death.

Three weeks ago (my husband was on a fishing trip this time) I bought some "Lo-carb banana muffins" at the health food store. I didn‘t check the label, but trusted the "health" food store. I ate one muffin that afternoon and one more in the morning. What happened to me was unbelievable. My left hip joint and the surrounding muscles became so extremely sore that I had to walk as if I were crippled. Lying on my left side caused excruciating pain.

At the time I thought that I had developed a combination of osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia (but OVERNIGHT?). I even bought a book called "The Arthritis Cure." I also went on a total cleansing diet, which soon eliminated the symptoms. I prayed for understanding. Finally (after a week) I tracked down what had happened to me. The label on the muffin package said that they contained "sucralose." I printed out and re-read the testimonies on Dr. Mercola‘s site and was amazed to see that others had experienced these same symptoms, plus many others, including depression and panic attacks.

Unfortunately, with the "Low-Carb Craze" Splenda and sucralose are in everything now. I saw regular Pepsi at WalMart yesterday with a sign that said: "1/2 the sugar." I looked at the label and sure enough, it said: "sucralose."

The problem is that people won‘t believe it unless they have experienced it themselves. When I tell people about it, they say that sucralose does not bother them, that I must have an allergy to it or a sensitive body. Well, believe me, it affects EVERYONE, whether they believe it or not! The whole world is looking for cures for cancer, arthritis, MS, MD, and all those terrible diseases. Do they want to check out the chemical poisons in our food supply? Oh, no! Of course not! Big business is too worried about the almighty dollar!

--originally posted on Barbara Dewey‘s Web site

ANOTHER PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Dear Dr. Mercola,

I wanted to thank you for posting your article regarding sucralose, and to inform you of my reaction to eating it today.

I bought a low-carb bar called "Ultimate Lo Carb" by Biochem at a local health food store. I have been eating foods low in starchy carbs and thought this might be a good snack bar. Well, almost immediately after eating eat I became nauseous. Then my stomach starting cramping and I began dry heaving.

I wondered what could have caused this and decided to try and read the label. The only ingredient I did not recognize was "sucralose".

So, I jumped on the internet and did a search for it and found your article. In the meantime I was heaving and feeling even worse. Well, I am allergic to chlorine, as well as having a liver that does not function very well (I take a natural supplement called "Lipogen" for liver support as prescribed by my ND), and when I saw what you had to say about sucralose, I figured that was what was causing it.

I kept feeling worse, and I decided I needed to get it out of my system and took some ipecac (maybe not the best move, but the only thing I could think of). By the time the syrup got into my stomach the heaving was getting worse and intestinal distress was setting in. It was like eating bad seafood. I nearly died of food poisoning by crab legs a number of years back, and this was the closest thing to that feeling.

Finally everything in my system started coming out, and my body didn‘t stop until my entire digestive tract was cleared out. I have never reacted this violently to anything I have eaten except for when I have had food poisoning.

Something needs to be done to get this product off the market.

I can‘t help but be convinced that the FDA takes payoffs. No ethical person could approve the use of things like MSG (another thing I cannot tolerate eating), which is classified by the FDA as an excitotoxin and is known to be harmful to the central nervous system. I will do everything to get people to read your article and get the word out on the FDA‘s latest blunder.

Best,
Julie Philips

THE TRUTH ABOUT SPLENDA - Dr. Mercola

Fructose and Corn Syrup

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What about Fructose?

Fructose Turns into Fat Far Faster than Other Sugars and Fats

The media has recently covered and reported the science of fructose.

Fructose is Far worse than ANY other sugars. Fructose is processed in your live and most of it gets turned into fat storage. This is why fructose is a primary culprit behind obesity—far more so than any other sugars. If you drink two bottles of soda a day which contains fructose ... count on gaining a pound of fat per week!

There are other health risks besides obesity that comes with the consumption of Fructose. The Cleveland Clinic states: Consuming foods high in simple sugars significantly contributes to high triglycerides.You will also find a list of other contributors to high triglycerides on website.

Intense research over the past 40 years has confirmed that elevated blood levels of triglycerides, known as hypertriglyceridemia, puts you at an increased risk of heart disease.

Meanwhile, one of the most thorough scientific analyses published to date on this topic found that fructose consumption not only leads to insulin resistance but also decreases leptin signaling to your central nervous system. Leptin is responsible for controlling your appetite and fat storage, as well as telling your liver what to do with its stored glucose.

When your body can no longer "hear' leptin's singnals, weight gain, diabetes and a host of related conditions may occur. So, as you can see, fructose contributes to poor health through a number of mechanisms...

High fructose corn syrup: When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose, on the other hand, results in 40 calories being stored as fat. Consuming fructose is essentially consuming fat!

The metabolism of fructose by your liver creates a long list of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which drives up blood pressure and causes gout.

Fructose also interferes with your brains communication with leptin, resulting in overeating.

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The Dangers of Sugar

Okay, this is where I think I may loose some of you. I can hear you right through the computer .. you are screaming ... Come ON! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Some of you are going to look at this and say WHAT! What the world ... Everybody eats sugar it's like The American Apple PIE right? WRONG! I have a daughter who is terribly allergic to sugar .. after consuming sugar she almost passes out. She has aches and pains in the middle of the night ... many and various symptoms that are directly related to SUGAR. Most of us know people who have hypoglycemia and diabetes right? If some people react to sugar consumption by developing blood sugar issues, doesn't it make sense that other's would develop other types of side affects to sugar?

On a website by Garden of Life, a quote from the book, How to Stay Young and Healthy in a Toxic World, Ann Louise Gittleman writes: “Despite what mainstream media would like us to believe, sugar is not an innocent substance that gives us pleasure and causes no harm. Quite the contrary; there is perhaps nothing else in the diet that promotes disease and aging more over the long term than excess sugar.” Read more on one of my favorite resources: Garden of Life

In Reference to sugar, Dr. Mercola states, "This Addictive Commonly Used Food Feeds Cancer Cells, Triggers Weight Gain, and Promotes Premature Aging." He has two video's about the Dangers of Sugar on his website.

Here are a few more maladies that are attributable to sugar:

  1. Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.
  2. Sugar can cause can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
  3. Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach

If you want more information about the detrimental affects of sugar to our bodies, just google "Dangers of Sugar." You will be amazed at what comes up. I think it's one of the Best kept Secrets today.

Coconut Sugar

The problem with most sugars is how they affect our blood sugar. Coconut sugar is ranked at 35 on the glycemic index. It also has more nutritional content than other sugars and sweeteners.

Coconut sugars are produced by smallholder farmers and is reported to be the single most sustainable sweetener in the world.

Coconut Sugar is high in potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc. It is a natural source of the vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, AND C.

Stevia the Healthy Sweetner

So hopefully you have learned the DANGERS of using these artificial, chemical sweeteners. What now? Enter Stevia... Ta Da!! Finally there is a sweetener that is 100% natural and Safe. As an added bonus is good for you too. Stevia contains antioxidants and fiber and more. Do a search online to discover more health benefits. Stevia is much sweeter than white sugar so you only need a tiny bit. Stevia is approved as a Dietary Supplement in the USA. Did you know that Pepsi Cola and Coca-Cola have been involved in some extensive research and have made recommendations to the FDA? They expect Stevia to be approved and labeled as a sweetener very soon.

You can already find Stevia in Health Food Stores and it is now being marketed in many of your local grocery stores as Truvia. When the FDA gives their final approval we will find stevia being used in all of our favorite products ... I can hardly wait!

New Naturals BRAND - NuStevia

I use stevia in place of sugar. As already stated stevia is actually healthy for you. However, in my book, not all stevia's are created equal. It took me quite awhile to find a stevia product that I liked. I did find one. I found it in a Health Food Store. The BRAND NAME I found is produced by New Naturals and called NuStevia. It honestly tastes just like sugar!

For those of us who need to watch our weight and even for those who don't the ability to have sweets that are healthy yet contain no calories is VERY GOOD NEWS!

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HONEY

HONEY ..... not just any honey bought on the grocer's shelf. These forms may contain chemicals, pesticides, and artificial ingredients. The Best HONEY is raw unprocessed honey, humankind's oldest sweetener.

RAW HONEY IS BENEFICIAL:

  • Unfiltered and uncooked to give you a rich, fulfilling taste with all the nutritious benefits
  • Promotes the growth of "good" bacteria in your intestinal tract
  • Great way to soothe your skin, utilizing natural antioxidants to help assist in blocking free radicals
  • Helps with occasional sleeplessness
  • Honey promotes a healthy heart by reducing homo-cysteine levels
  • No refrigeration needed -- for your convenience anywhere, anytime

The best place to find raw honey is at your local Health Food Store. Locally Grown Honey is known to help build up allergy resistance to outdoor pollens and allergens.

Although honey has benefits it is important understand that HONEY will raise your blood sugar just as quickly as sugar does. The key is moderation ... use a little in your tea or on your cereal.

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coffeesnob 3 years ago

Can't believe I am just now seeing this. Really good research here. Thank you!

CS


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

I too prefer it to sugar now. Thanks for the kudo's coach, I put many hours into this and for me - it clarified the information out there regarding good for you sweeteners from the bad sweeteners.

I will look for your hub on flaxseed, I use it too. My Doc. told me to increase fiber in order to decrease cholesterol. Flax-seed is one of the healthy choices I've implemented to increase fiber.

I appreciate you passing the information on. So many people have no clue of the dangers of using artificial sweeteners. It really ought to be against the law to sell it!

Hugs and Blessings my friend,

Mekenzie


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Ive used stevia for 5 years and just love it! The taste is marvelous and in fact I prefer it to sugar. This is the most informative and well-written, well-researched hub and I am linking it to a hub I'm creating about flaxseed. It should be ready for publication in a couple of days. So be sure to look for it. The videos are great and the links are too. Passing this on to everyone I know so look for an increase in traffic :) Voted up and across except for funny. Awesome job!


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Mekenzie 3 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi Susan, a comment like yours makes the time put into research totally worth it.

I remember when I worked at a Hospital years ago. I was in the cafeteria in line behind a Doctor. I picked up an equal packet for my coffee. He looked me directly in the eyes and said, you should not use that .. it is poison.

Tip: If you do not like the taste of the stevia you bought be aware that the way a company processes stevia affects the taste .. so some brands taste better than others.

I still use stevia but I am also using coconut sugar, which tastes like brown sugar, and really liking it.

Thanks for the vote ups and sharing too. We need to get the word out.

Blessings to you!

Mekenzie


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Sharon aka Sharyns Slant lead me here to your hub. I went out yesterday and bought Stevia. After reading your hub I'm so glad I made the choice to switch from sugar to Stevia. Great hub with loads of useful information.

Voting up +++ and sharing.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Suzette, I see that you also understand the damaging affects of the processed foods produced and released for our consumption. Who would have thought that we would not be protected from harmful agents in our foods.

SAD state of affairs. I wrote this hub to inform and educate because there are so many who don't have a clue.

Keep eating those fresh fruits and veggies - make sure you scrub them well in a fruit/veggie cleaner. I oftentimes buy organic especially when the fruit is difficult to clean, i.e. strawberries, raspberries and the like.

Thanks for leaving your encouragement!

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

This is a very important and interesting hub. Processed sugar cane is the worst thing for our bodies and the sweetener substitutes are too as oh state in this article. Watch out for aspartame in yogurt. I eat nothing but plain Greek yogurt with honey in it. Our processed foods are killing us. I have switched to a fresh food diet and it is so much better. ( Yes, I realize there are pesticides etc on the fruit and veggies). These processed foods are the reasons for more illnesses in our society. You have written a very helpful and informative article that everyone should read. Thanks for you exPertise in this area.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi nina, It is sad to know that so many items with dangerous side affects are being sold in our supermarkets. Seems any substance found to cause severe health issues should be pulled from the market. I just don't get it.

I think a small amount of sugar is less dangerous than the alternatives. You might want to try different brands of stevia because manufacturing processes makes a difference in the taste.

Thanks for the visit, your comments and vote up.

Mekenzie


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nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

It's so sad that everything we consume has some dangerous side affects to it. With me being a diabetic, it's not easy for me to choose the right things because of all the conflicting advertisements on the different products on the market. Your hub is excellent in breaking down the differences for each kind of artificial sweetener. I will admit that I still use white sugar in moderation because I don't like the aftertastes in some of the other sweeteners. Voted up!!!!!!


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Patty, it sounds like I could have used your story in this hub. I'm so sorry you had so many symptoms from a sweetener that is sold in grocery stores all across America. I'm glad you were able to identify what was making you so sick.

Thank you for the read and for sharing your story too.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

Stevia is great, but I suffer 13 different symptoms when I ingest Splenda, so I stopped using it long ago.


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Gata, well now you got it right. :) thanks for the visit and for making me smile.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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CrazyGata 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

doggone it!!! I had it all wrong!!! :S thanks though!


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Hello fpherj48, I understand what you mean about a bad after taste. I am really glad that you will try other brands because there are some tasty stevia products out there.

If you have a local health food store nearby you might ask the people who work there which stevia product they would recommend. They usually know. :)

Thank you for visiting my hub and for leaving your comment. I'll have to return the favor and look you up on the hubs.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mekensie... Being a non-sugar person.....I've used Splenda, because, like Susan, I was under the impression it is the safest of sugar substitutes. The truth is actually, that of them all, Splenda is the least harmful. I guess that is a better statement.

Maybe I bought a bad brand of Stevia......the authentic natural sweetener......but I did not like it at all. Certainly not in my coffee....yuk!....and I thought the after-taste was horrendous.....I'm willing though, to try another brand. Thank you so much for the valuable info! UP ++


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Mekenzie 4 years ago from Michigan Author

sholland, I'm glad you found this hub too. There are many different brands of stevia, so if you don't like the first one you try .. try a different brand. I'll have to take a peek at your hub on honey. Thanks for the visit, uplifiting comment, vote and share.

Blessings!

Mekenzie


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Thanks for writing this hub. I have been using Splenda because I thought it was the "safe" alternative to sugar. I will be getting some Stevia. I hope many people see this hub. I agree about the local raw honey. I even wrote a hub about it and have used it in place of sugar or Splenda on many occasions. It has many benefits. :-)

Fantastic hub! Votes and shares!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hey Harlan, I LOVE stevia too! It's healthy and sweet .. what could be better? :0) Thanks for stopping by.

Mekenzie


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hey MoneyGlitch, Welcome to my hubs! I suppose if we eat way too much of anything we'll end up with troubles :0) Thanks for the input..

Mekenzie


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Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

I have used Stevia for years. It's great.

Great Hub!

- Harlan


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

I haven't tried Stevia, yet. A friend of my sister's tried it, however she used way over the recommended daily amount I believe and she had severe stomach problems. We assumed that maybe she was just having some type of allergic reaction to the product, as some people do. Thanks for sharing your insight. :)


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

habee, it is good if you get a 'good' brand. There is a lot of variation between manufacturers. I've listed the one I like best above. Thanks for the visit habee.

Blessings!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I still haven't tried Stevia. Great info!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

june, welcome - thanks for your comments. Raw honey bought locally really does build immunities to local pollens.

Blessings!


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thank you for this very informative and helpful hub. We do use raw honey from time to time not only because it is healthful it also helps build up immunities to local pollens.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Dr. Cherie, I'll add your link as it is very informative and includes additional information. About honey .. I think I'll go back into edit and add that information ... it is important to know that honey will raise blood sugar as fast as sugar will.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

MFB - a kiss from the one you love can sweeten you through and through. :0) Remember the brand name when purchasing stevia as the taste varies so much from brand to brand .. I know what you mean about wondering how the Government could allow such caustic substances to be sold for human consumption. When I was younger .. if it was in the store I believed it was safe .. Now that I'm older and wiser and have had my eyes opened .. I do research and read all labels.


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Dr. Cherie 6 years ago from Hamburg, NY

Hi Mekenzie,

Great hub. Yes, you can certainly trade links with my hub on dangers of sugar and sweeteners. I know it takes time, but we do help people learn the truth.

About honey. In the raw, it does have some nutritional benefits. However, ALL sugars break down the same once ingested. So we can't go crazy with it... boy, it tastes sooo good, though doesn't it?

Great hub


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

I always thought a healthy sweetner to my day was a kiss from one i love. I will have to try stevia and compare....very helpful article...and I learned things I never knew..I wonder why...and why does the government and the FDA allow such harmful products to be sold. Is it because the money is so much sweeter then the cost in grief and pain and lives??? Great Hub Mekenzie~~~MFB III


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the Smiley and assurance Springboard (wink). I hear you buddy .. many think if a product is fat free or sugar free that means a free-for-all eating spree. Nada .. not at all what this article is about. I really wanted to get the word out there about the dangers of the pink, blue and yellow packets. I also wanted to alert people that sugar is not as innocent as it looks.

Those who are really looking to have their cake and eat it too will never get the results they long for.

As you pointed out in your previous comment .. Self Control is the Key to weight management. For those who want to sweeten up their cereal or hot beverage .. it is nice to know there are healthy alternatives .. not for weight management .. more for health management. Thanks for coming back. :0)

Mekenzie


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I certainly do think it's an interesting product, the stevia that is. I also like that it's one of the more natural sweetener alternatives. I really wasn't knocking the purpose for these types of alternatives in theory, but it seems to me fair enough to say that the more light and fat free and sugar free we sell to the public the fatter they get. There's something behind that.

I'd never kill a messenger. :)


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Springboard, welcome to my hub. WOW .. such a passionate response. For the most part .. I agree, especially with the part about moderation in all things .. it is the true KEY ... self control. Marketers can certainly shade the truth to make a sale .. I know that to be true.

I've done a lot of research throughout my lifetime and have belonged to food co-ops and sought to feed my family the best organically grown and whole foods available. In my research I turn to the experts in the field of holistic health as their findings are geared toward revealing the truth.

Thanks for not shooting the messenger :0) Actually Honey IS sweet.. it's made by bees and it's totally natural..a God thing really - moderation is still required as it will raise your blood sugar just as fast as sugar will. Stevia is a root of a plant and it is whole and healthy .. not processed with chemicals. The nice thing is that it has zero calories .. really, it's true.

Thanks for stopping by for a read and leaving your thoughts.

Blessings! Mekenzie


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I don't know. Seems to me the more we try to get away with something the more we set ourselves up for something worse. What I mean is, why do we need a "healthy" sweetener alternative? My Nana, who was obese, used to buy Teddy Grahams because she could eat 30 cookies to 1 of another brand. That's just silly. Everything in moderation is the key. If you can do that, regular sugar is clearly the best choice. Leave all the scientific formulations for solvents to clean your windows with or fill your paint cans with.

We say this new thing is healthy now. Everything in the beginning was healthier than the one before it. That's not science. That's marketing. And one day looking forward when the stats come in we'll suddenly proclaim it wasn't so good after all.

Kind of makes me think of the electronic cigarette craze. "Light up, these won't kill you."

Uh-huh.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not shooting the messenger. But there simply is no such thing as a free lunch...this is just one other attempt to have our cake and eat it too.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks heart, You are right .. many have no clue how toxic those little pink, blue and yellow packets are. Honey does have many benefits .. I am going out today to get some locally grown raw honey because Spring Allergens have come out full force in Michigan... Gotta build the immune system. Blessings!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Great hub, there are many people who don't know about this! It is great you shared this information. Honey in itself, has so many benefits to the human body:)


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

What Brand did you buy? Remember I told you there is a huge difference in the brand? Some I do not like AT ALL! I wrote the BEST brand (at least to me) above ... New Naturals - NU Stevia ... Oh I hope you got a good brand.. :0)


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BDazzler 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

I just got back from the store with a box of Stevia (haven't tried it yet). Even though I do seriously like Splenda, I figured I'd give it a shot.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

You're welcomed Sheila, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Stevia or Honey .. Raw Honey .. Look at the end of the article .. Blessing!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I can get a stomach ache from sugar, but sweeteners are even worse for me, so I'll be looking for this new one to try. Thanks for the info.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Raymond, So nice to see you friend. Yes I believe the original purpose was to keep heat in and to help homeowners to keep heating costs down .. however the result has been disastrous to people's health. SAD really. My friend bought a new condo and got very sick the first day she moved in. We had her come to our house while we placed our air purifier in the place for 24 hours to rid it of toxic fumes. She then purchased her own air purifier to keep the

air pure and she has no problems now. It's just too sad people have tto purchase an air purifier to breathe inside ... and what about those who don't even know about the option? Crazy I tell you.. lol Thank You Ramon for your comments. You have a blessed Easter too! Blessings


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Raymond Tremain 6 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

Gee this is a great hub, some time back I was sent a pass on email all about these sweetners and the damage they can do to you, yes they the manufactures never tell about the damage it will do when you have them over a long time.

I have brown sugar as it is not that sweet but good for you.

You talk about the homes all tightly sealed up now, that is to keep cold out or warmth in.

Way back years ago when houses had those air vents built into the walls no one got sick not like today, and have you noticed that houses must have air vents built in near ground level to let air flow around under the house, but no air vents inside.

God loves you

Have a Blessed Easter my friend

Ramon


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hi there my friend MickyDee, it's been a while since I have seen thee... Now see what you do to me ... you show up and a rhyme there must be! LOL

Micky we are on the same page when it comes to food, water and air. I also wrote a HUB about the need for Air Purification and another on Water. If you click on the link at the bottom of this HUB you will be led to a HUB that lists all of the Health Topics I have written on.. I wrote most before we ever met.

Our houses are SO tight they can't breathe and they are filled with every kind of Toxic Agent .. fermalgahyde etc. It's NUTS!! All of my kids have had Allergies and some Asthma because of the indoor air they were breathing. It took us over 20 years to figure out our youngest daughter had severe headaches and sinus infections because of the air she was breathing in our house. One Day we happened (no accident) to do a FREE trial of an air purification unit as a favor to a friend. While using it my daughter's headaches went away for the first time since she was a year old... I was furious to learn how that our indoor air was so toxic! .... especially in newer homes so tightly sealed up. Our whole family now has an air purification unit (by the way they are not all equal) and all indoor allergies and asthma conditions are G-O-N-E!

Actually as a result of what we saw take place in our family ... My husband signed up as a business owner and is now in a Healthy Living Business that carries the units I am refering too along with water purification and other healthy alternatives.

We are VERY aware of the Health Issues people have as a result of Indoor Air Quality .. the Polluted Water they drink (and the government says it's okay) and the chemicals we eat in our supposed SAFE foods. NUTS I tell you absolutely NUTS! Okay, this is me coming off my Soap Box Now ...........


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great hub. Most things that aren't somewhat natural are not good for us. Our food, water, and air are compromised by the "money makers" and they have the government right where they want it. Thanks for a great hub!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for stopping by for a read Dave, I'm in the process of getting another blogsite combined with this one because I am here most of the time. If you click on the link to "We Only Get One Body ... at the bottom of this hub ... you'll be taken to the HUB that explains why I am posting these health hubs... LOve Ya brother Dave! Have a GREAT day buddy!!


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Mekenzie sis, Sugar Twin, seems safe enough,and at my age it isn't on my list of No No's. It's simply to give my coffee some flavour.

Mom used saccarin, sucaryl for the longest time until she heard it could cause cancer,and she switched to honey.

Thanks sis, love ya lots,

Dave.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Awe Bri, you say the nicest things because you have the kindest heart! I can't wait til' we are officially related. My kids have been looking for a new uncle for years now... ((wink-wink)) I love YOU brother!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Hey Pop, nice to see you! You is one smart cookie to avoid these artificial sweeteners .. wish I had listened earlier to that inner warning - but I finally got it ... better late than never. :0) Blessings!


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Ann, isn't it amazing about sugar. I know personally what it does to me. Since a teenager I had feelings of weakness and feeling faint .. did not connect it to good ole' Sugar .. Everybody eats it right? lol Thanks for stopping by and for the encouragement! Blessings


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Quill, that Red flag was a true warning! Honey is always on our table as well ... straight from the creator of all good things! Thanks Quill for stopping by for a read . Love Ya!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Very important information. I have always been afraid of these sweeteners and their effect on the body.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Hey Mekenzie...thanks for sharing with us. As much as I thrive and need Vitamin S (sugar) I need to pay more attention to what I am ingesting! Great hub full of great facts and advice!


"Quill" 6 years ago

Thanks for the great Hub Sister...I have always had a red flag about sugar replacement...that is why you will always find honey in the place of sugar at my table...always.

Blessings


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Rossimobis, I just added a video by Dr. Mercola on Splenda .. very informative. He also has information on the 'coses' I am hoping you can connect here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive...

Thanks for Stopping by. Blessings Ross!


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

I consume a high volume of Splenda though not on daily basis but that is just me,out of curiosity,is GLUCOSE D or rather anything that has to do with 'cose' among this list? Why then did this man advise me that this product is good for the health...Research will be my work right away.Thanks Mekenzie for sharing this.


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Wow Coffeesnob, isn't it terrible what is hidden? Most people think Splenda is totally safe... I mean you can pick it up in a grocery store .... safe, right? NO so Not SAFE! How they get by with this I'll NEVER know!

I have a friend who is a HOLISTIC physician friend and gives advise freely. I've learned so much through her. Get your hubby off Splenda and onto Stevia... Note the brand I use .. it's the BEST! It's a root and it really is healthy ... adds fiber too.

I'm so glad you were able to learn from this HUB. In your case this is vitally important! Praise GOD!


coffeesnob 6 years ago

OMG! I just got through reading about splenda's effect on the neurological sysytem - not good for somoene struggling with parkinsons. I can't understand why this isn't in the books we have read....Wow!


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Very informative. I usually just choose sugar when i go for sweet stuff - I like the raw sugar best...but every now and then -when I feel fat :-)

I choose a splenda product. My husband consumes the splenda brown sugar on a daily basis. He has PD -wondering oif it makes it worse -now i have to go check it out

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