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Sweet Killers, Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners?

Updated on March 13, 2013

Sugar Kills

Sugar is a killer. Cancer thrives on sugar. Excess intake of sugar plays a major role in obesity and arteriosclerosis. It is also responsible for the rise in cancer and the current diabetic epidemic. Studies also show that diabetes appears to be associated with Alzheimer's. As sugar consumption increases, so does diabetes. A major risk factor in the causation of heart attacks is excess sugar. There are 146 diseases and other serious problems directly related to excess sugar intake! Sugar also compromises the immune system. When the immune system is compromised, the body is more susceptible to illness and disease. Just one can of soda can have as much as 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar.

Sugar is pure empty calories with no nutritional value whatsoever. Because sugar in any form has no nutritional value, the body stores it as fat. Excess sugar intake makes it difficult to lose weight or maintain a normal weight. More and more people are learning about the harmful affects of sugar and the food industry knows this, so do not be fooled by sugar's many disguised names. High fructose corn syrup, also know as HFCS, though better than table sugar, is still sugar and is still unhealthy, especially for diabetics. The reality is, though, most of us will use some sugar and/or sweetener at times. Who wants to be without sweetness? This is why more people have turned to artificial sweeteners. Keep in mind though, that it is not just sugar, but the sweet taste, that is addictive, so even cutting back on a sweet-tooth can help reduce sugar cravings.

Many studies show that aspartame, found in NutraSweet TM and EqualTM is extremely harmful in ways too numerous to mention here. Aspartame is linked to MS, headaches, arthritis and degenerative diseases. More than 75 percent of all non-drug complaints to the FDA are about aspartame. One of its components, methanol, is essentially wood alcohol. A break-down product of aspartame is formaldehyde (embalming fluid). Neuro scientist Russell Blaylock, MD, said, "Formaldehyde formation is very common and accumulates within cells and DNA. The fact that it accumulates with each dose indicates grave consequences among those who consume diet drinks and foodstuffs on a daily basis."

Splenda TM, or sucrolose, is a chlorocarbon derived from sucrose (sugar), through a process that substitutes chlorine for hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sucrose molecule. Most of us would never dream of ingesting chlorocarbans or chlorine. Yes, chlorine is also dangerous, but that's for another article. Some people believe that saccharin is safe. The big problem with that theory is, saccharin studies that showed no risk were done by pharmaceutical companies. That's compared to Ford saying they did their own studies and found that Ford makes the best trucks. There are studies however, that showed saccharin to be a potential cause of increased cancer, especially bladder, as well as digestive problems. So what if anything is out there for the sweetness in our lives?

Stevia Plant

Healthy Sweet Recipes Without Sugar


A Safe Alternative

A Safe Alternative

Even though there is no scientific proof of harm from stevia, in 1991 the FDA labeled stevia a "harmful food additive" and restricted its import. They claimed the toxicological information insufficient to prove its safety. This claim by the FDA went against their own guidelines that natural products used before 1958 with no reports of adverse affects, should generally be regarded as safe. Marketers and consumers believed the FDA caved in response from industry pressure. Because stevia is natural, it cannot be patented, unlike artificial sweeteners. In 1994 the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act forced the FDA to revise its stance to at least be used as a supplement. Politicking still does not allow stevia as a food additive. This is contradictory, as it is labeled as safe and unsafe, depending on how it is used!

Not only are there safe alternatives to sugar, but they are also healthy to boot. Stevia is a plant of which there are about 240 species native to sub-tropical South America and Central America. The leaves of the plant are used. There are extracts of stevia up to 300 time sweeter than sugar and calorie free. If used in high concentrations, it can have a slightly after or bitter taste. Medical research has shown possible benefits of treating diabetes and high blood-pressure with stevia. It is available in powder and liquid forms. Stevia has been used in South America for hundreds of years. Of the many countries that use stevia, Japan consumes the most with 40 percent of their sweetener market. Agave comes from the Agave plant and is delicious as well as a healthier alternative to sugar of any kind. It does have calories, however. Its taste is similar to honey.

Another Safe Alternative

 Xylitol is a natural white crystal-like substance that looks and tastes like sugar. It is a sugar alcohol sweetener and has only 2.4 calories per gram. That is 40 percent less than other carbohydrates.  Xylitol, which is already in our bodies and in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, does not increase insulin levels. Some of its small amount of calories are never even absorbed because it feeds the good bacteria in the colon. This is helpful to the immune system.

Xylitol is popular with diabetics in other countries, and many other countries have used xylitol and stevia for many years. There are several other health benefits to xylitol. Studies show that xylitol helps prevent tooth decay. It is safe for pregnant and nursing women and is a potential treatment of osteoporosis. A recent report suggests that xylitol may help control oral Candida yeast infection. These are just a few of the benefits of xylitol, and it has no known toxicity in humans. However, like most sugar alcohols, it can have a laxative effect, because sugar alcohols are not fully broken down during digestion. Its effect depends on the person. It is approved as a food additive in unlimited quantity for foods with special dietary purposes.

Artificial Sweeteners Make You FAT!

Life Can Be Healthy and Sweet

 Remember that sweetness is addictive. So even with no calories, a sweet taste causes cravings for more. Carbohydrates makes you crave carbohydrates.  Sweetness is not only what tastes sweet but has sugar in any form, such as pastas, breads and potatoes, to name a few. However, if you do want to add that extra sweetness in your life, use one that is safe. Why trade one danger for another?

There are books which teach consumers how to use stevia in cooking and as a tabletop sweetener: The Stevia Story by Linda Bonie, Bill Bonvie and Donna Gates; Stevia Rebaudiana, Nature's Sweet Secret, by David Richard; Cooking with Stevia, a Kirkland book.


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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hello, Mr. Ahmed

      Thank you very much. I appreciate the comment. Please feel free to let me know if you would like to see something else.

      Hope to see you again.

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      Waqar Ahmed 7 years ago

      Really wonderful information.

      Keep it up.

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 7 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi Dr. Irum

      Thank you so much for reading and for your comment. I do my best to keep up with the latest research. I also enjoy your informative hubs.

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      I agree sugar is really so bad ,you did write good information with nice visuals .Thanks i rate up this hub .

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      Susan Ream 8 years ago from Michigan

      Dr. Cherie, GREAT HUB! I recently wrote a hub called .. A healthy sweetener. Wondered if I could place a link to your hub for my readers. Let me know if you agree with the information in my article .. if so I'd love to add your HUB as a link. Blessings!

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hey, there De Greek (cute),

      I've been using Stevia for years. In coffee, until you get used to it, a FEW people taste a slight difference. I notice though, that it's with people who normally use the equivalent of 2 or more tsp. per cup (yuk). I am so glad that you commented on this hub. Oh yes, try xylitol and agave too, and see which one you like better. Like it says in the hub (I hope), these are healthy alternatives with health benefits.

      Thanks again.

      Dr. Cherie

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      De Greek 8 years ago from UK

      Stavia was completely unknown to me until I read your hub and I thank you fo rthe information. Very well done and I look forward to reading more of your hubs :-)

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Dear Ghost Whisper 77,

      I don't know what to say, but thanks. We do our best and we work very hard and long hours keeping up on the latest research. We do know that God does work through us. God bless!

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      I call it "slapping down satan." I feel sorry for her somewhat--she doesn't even recognize it--but God does.

      You and Dr Ron keep doing what your doing--helping-loving stangers-helping so many people in so many ways--God works through you both--that I KNOW!

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Dear Ghost Whisper,

      I thank you for your kind words and wisdom, which go hand in hand, don't they? I agree with you. I may have missed it, but I did not see degrees in metaphysics, psychology and/or hypnosis, AND, no references on the hubs!

      Thanks again. I will heed your words of wisdom.

      God bless you,

      Dr. Cherie

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      I just read through your comment section Dr Cherie and I am a bit shocked at this discrediting...really I am. I hope you don't mind me leaving a comment but I have to!

      Apparently she doesn't keep up on things--and I find it shocking that a nurse could leave such a rude comment-being that both you and your Husband have 'Phd's, own and run a Medical Center and both of you live by the words of Christ, helping others to be well in body,mind and spirit.

      I took a moment to look at her hub and now I understand the why's of such a comment. Her husband is a minister-though she says she hides her name due to this? (Is this kind of like when your Mother is a stripper and you don't want anyone to know?) Maybe it has to do with promoting tarot cards that she uses-when the bible clearly tells of sorcery and what will happen to those who dabble in it--and then hubs about Christ and the Bible????? Interesting mix of confusion and hypocricy.

      I would not expend any time on this rude comment above-nor this person, very mixed up person who leaves not blunt-but rude discrediting comments...she is what I see-- a spritual mess and her pages are 'oh so dim' for many reasons. The devil is a liar Dr Cherie!

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      For those of you who want updated reports on the latest research, I suggest (Life Extension), a highly respected non-profit organization that keeps up with the latest research and checks it out.

      On the link between sugar/carbohydrates, and type II diabetes, check out :

      "Block Absorption of Killer Carbohydrates"

      By Julius Goepp, MD

      ALSO: "Soft drinks linked to higher risk of pancreatic cancer - study" at:

      There are many more reputable studies out there if you care tto look. Dr. Ronald Santsiero, MD,DABMA and I are used to following studies, for our teaching, writing and public speaking. They are interesting; check them out.

      Dr. Cherie, Ph.D.

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 8 years ago from Hamburg, NY


      I forgot to mention that I have a Ph.D. in Alternative Medical Therapies.

      Thank you

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi Deborah,

      I said that cancer thrives on sugar and it does. There is plenty of science to back up the link between diabetes and Alzheimer's. I work closely a Holistic MD, DABMA, Nutritionist, endocrinologist, who teaches master level nutrition at a Buffalo university and at the world renowned Chautauqua Institute. Yearly, we BOTH attend one of the world's largest anti-aging/endo conferences, often twice a year. This is our daily business and our lives and we keep up on it. We are well-known for our expertise, locally, nationally and internationally.

      Where did you get your degree in Medicine?

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      Deborah Sexton 8 years ago

      I have my MSN and I am shocked by some of the things you say.

      For example you state: "It is also responsible for the rise in cancer and the current diabetic epidemic. Studies also show that diabetes appears to be associated with Alzheimer's"

      Sugar does not cause Diabetes. This has long been a misconception with those not in the medical field. It also does not cause Alzheimer's.

      Just wondering where you got your degree in medicine?

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      Cherie Santasiero PhD 8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi Pamela99!

      Hey, thanks for commenting on my hub. I really appreciate it. I do my best to help people know the truth, in what we eat, the pharmaceutical industry and more. Did you see the video on artificial sweeteners causing more "fat" than natural sugar? Interesting. My holistic physician and I know that when people know the facts, most will do what's healthiest.

      Take care,

      Dr. Cherie

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      Very interesting hub. I knew sugar was bad but I didn't think there were any really healthy substitutes. Thanks.


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