For many, high sugar intake can cause seizures…along with emotional instability…dizziness…depression…food allergies…diabetes…and osteoporosis…to name just a few.
Even worse, aspartame interacts with anti-seizure medication. And over the years, various reports have implicated aspartame in headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer. It also appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression. And, after receiving some 10,000 consumer complaints, the FDA compiled a list of 92 symptoms linked to aspartame — including death.
But there ARE two healthy alternatives…
Xylitol is not only a safe, natural sweetener without the bad side-effects of sugar and artificial substitutes, it’s also good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels and promotes good health. In fact, it’s one of the most important alternatives to sugar. Xylitol occurs naturally and can be found in the fibers of many fruits such as berries, plums, other fruits, along with vegetables, including various corn husks, oats, and mushrooms.
And it’s especially useful for those who have to monitor their sugar intake, like diabetics and those with hyperglycemia. This tolerance is attributed to the lower impact of xylitol on a person’s blood sugar, compared to that of regular sugars and it also has a very low glycemic index of 13 (glucose has a GI of 100).
More good news for those with epilepsy, diabetes and dieters alike. One teaspoon (5 gm) of xylitol contains 9.6 calories, as compared to one teaspoon of sugar, which has 15 calories. And it has virtually no aftertaste.
Xylitol looks, feels and tastes exactly like sugar and can replace sugar in cooking, baking or as a sweetener for beverages. And it’s more than just a substitute; it’s a therapeutic sweetener. Xylitol toothpaste and chewing gum and mints even promote dental health against cavities and tooth decay! Plus it helps with the dry mouth that many of us suffer from with AEDs.
All you have to do is brush your teeth with xylitol toothpaste (I use it twice a day), chew the gum or suck a xylitol mint after every meal. Simple enough!
Stevia is a small green plant, produced from a member of the daisy family. It’s the world’s only all-natural sweetener with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index. These attributes make stevia a great alternative to sugar or chemical sweeteners. It’s sweet, refreshing taste can be up to 30 times sweeter than sugar.
And various studies have found the leaf to contain proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, true Vitamin A, Vitamin C and an oil which contains 53 other constituents, which is why it’s marketed as a supplement.
Because our bodies don’t metabolize the sweet components of stevia (they pass right through the normal elimination channels) there are obviously no calories. And in its pure form, stevia has no adverse affect on blood glucose levels and it’s safe for both diabetics and hypoglycemics. For people with blood sugar, blood pressure or weight problems Stevia is also a winner. And, like xylitol, it discourages plaque build up and helps prevent cavities.
Plus, it’s a wonderful low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternative. Especially popular as a sweetener for coffees and teas, stevia can also be used in cooking and baking, helping you reduce your calorie intake and stay healthy.
There are loads of recipes on the web which include the amount and form (powder or concentrate) of stevia needed. In fact, finding recipes for xylitol and stevia is a slam dunk! So, I’d call it a win-win in all ways!
Another (refuting) article of interest: Xylitol — Good or bad? http://lesliekenton.com/ageless-aging/2012/06/24/xylitol-good-or-bad/
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