For those wishing to cut out sugar from their diets but hate Saccharin (sulfobenzoic imide), Aspartame (aspartic acid, phenylalanine) and all other bitter tasting, unhealthy products.
Stevia, a herb native to South America is your best bet. There are 0 calories and it tastes as sweet or sweeter than the sugar cane and sugar beet sugars (sucrose). Sugar cane and Sugar beet sugars are carbohydrates.
Stevia has no carbohydrates, no calories and does not pose any health issues as do the Saccharin, Aspartame sweetners. It also tastes very sweet.
For those wishing to cut sugars out of your life for weight loss, and any health issues requiring the elimination of sugar, the great taste of Stevia is the way to go.
I use Stevia and highly recommend it. It is available with the other sweeteners on your grocery aisle. Search until you find a particular brand of Stevia which suits your tastes. Great for making your own natural fruit drinks! Try making lemonade with Stevia. The will cut your appetite and promote easier weight loss. Great post.
I LOVE Stevia. I purchase a brand with chromium and inulin which helps stabilize blood sugar and makes you less likely to crave foods that are bad for you.
I drink this every morning:
16 oz of cold bottled water
Juice of 1 fresh lemon
4 packets of stevia
(Note: Stevia amounts will be different for each brand you use...make sure to taste before putting 4 packets in of your brand!)
I LOVE this. Tastes just like the type of lemonade that is sold at carnivals or fairs.
I've replaced my daily coffee with this lemonade.
The health and fitness industry is finally getting on this band wagon as well. More and more products show stevia as a sweetner in protein drinks, etc.
Deborah, how about writing a hub on this?
When you eat something that tastes sweet, but isn't actually sugar, your body releases the usual flood of insulin to break it down, but because the sugar isn't there for the insulin to use, it then triggers even more cravings for sugar in an attempt to balance your body chemistry.
That's the main reason that artificial sweeteners are unhealthy.
You're not implying Stevia is an artificial sweetener are you?
Stevia is an herb.
Our diets are not without sugars. A whole Potato is equal to 25 teaspoons of sugar. Starches are converted to sugar in the body. Any root food (the vegetable part grows in the ground) like carrots, radishes, peanuts, potatoes etc are full of starch.
There is no need to add sucrose to our diets.
Though our bodies may crave sugars, we are in control. When we deny the craving, the craving will eventually go away.
Sugar causes *candida to grow in our stomach and intestines. The immune system tries to fight it but due to our continuous consumption of sugar the battle is never won. As long as the immune system is fighting the candida, it misses other invading viruses and germs even cancer.
*Candida is a yeastlike, parasitic fungus that can sometimes cause thrush.
Hope this helps.
Deborah - glad you know about candida. Not many do!!
I was diagnosed at age 16 with a systemic infection. Bloodwork confirmed this.
I go on a candida detox every january for a few months and then try to be conservative about my intake of unhealthy food throughout the rest of the year. I can tell you that I feel absolutely spectacular because of my anti-candida diet. My energy is level because I don't eat refined sugars, artificial sweeteners or refined carbs. Everything is whole grain. I wish I could eat this way year round but it is sometimes difficult.
Stevia is a great natural substitute!
Girly..girl, thanks for bringing that up.
Once the Candida has filled the intestines and stomach it will go to the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, it will be carried to every part of the body, the lungs, heart, spine, brain etc.
I think you are doing well. Not many people take the time to clean their system. You will feel better, look younger and live longer.
I've been through candida as well. Happens in a lot more men than they realize. Don't usually have problems with it now, but still do "clean ups" occasionally. This type of infection can have a devastating effect not only on the body, but on brain function. I've written about how poor nutrition and assimilation can be a huge factor in many cases of mental illness. It's a long route back to health, but worth any effort or trouble. A clear mind took a long time to restore, and I value it greatly now.
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