Safe Holiday Sweeteners

Artificial sugar-substitutes have become a part of our modern world, and there is little hope that they will "go away", especially if people keep buying them. I am aware that many of you are weight conscious, some are Type I or II diabetic, and most people are concerned with weight, emotional sensitivity, and depression. With that in mind, I offer these thoughts during this holiday season:

  1. Learn everything possible about chemical food additives in order to make an educated decision whether to use the chemical sugars during the holidays;
  2. Chemical sweeteners may be at the root of many unexplained disease symptoms, so to feel your best during the holiday season, avoid all chemical sweeteners;
  3. Be careful to avoid giving these chemicals to your children, and do not use them during pregnancy;
  4. Do not use chemical food additives if you are suffering from a present chronic disease;
  5. Don't cheat and use the chemical sugars because it is the holiday season and a time to be recklessly gluttonous.

There is no better time than now to admit that there is no free ticket to eating all the sugar-free products you desire without paying the high price of harming your body in the long run. The "technology of foods" has gone too far, and diet sweeteners will not secure eternal health, beauty, slimness, youth, or a happy Christmas.

Laboratory chemicals are not the answer to eating, drinking, and being merry. The key to "safe" foods for holiday celebrations is this:

Whatever nature creates for food is usually safe for your body: whatever man creates for food in a laboratory beaker may not be accepted by your body as "safe", and can result in illness.

Our bodies are like machines that operate today just as they did thousands of years ago. The body's higher intelligence doesn't "understand" what manmade chemicals are and cannot process them because they contain NO nutrition. Forcing "foreign" materials into your body is like pouring egg nog into your car's gas tank: it wasn't meant to process it, so the engine stalls and stops working.

OK, enough holiday, what to do during holiday get-togethers? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Bring your own packet of Stevia, raw sugar or any natural sweetener of choice with you to parties and gatherings, and simply ask for tea or coffee unsweetened. Then, covertly add your own sweetness when no one's looking; or,
  2. Bring your own packet of Stevia, raw sugar or any natural sweetener of choice with you to parties and gatherings, and simply ask for tea or coffee unsweetened. Then, let those around you know why you are adding your own safe sweetener; spread some cheer and do something kind for another at this holiday season by warning them of the diet sweetener dangers! This makes great party conversation in the right crowd;
  3. Kindly ask if any artificial sweeteners were added to baked dishes or desserts, and couch your inquiry with, "I react badly to them, and I simply don't want to get sick and have to leave early. I am having such a great time. I'd hate to spoil the fun.";
  4. Remember to eat and drink in moderation; smaller portions throughout the night make for a happy holiday celebration without gaining weight, getting tipsy, or getting tired and sleepy.

Remember, these are the artificial sweeteners to avoid:

  1. Sucralose (Splenda)
  2. Aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal®)
  3. Acesulfame-K (Sunett®)
  4. Neotame®

What are your safe natural sweetener choices?

  1. Stevia*
  2. Raw, unprocessed sugar (Sucanat®)
  3. Brown Rice Syrup
  4. Barley Malt
  5. Date Sugar
  6. Honey
  7. Maple Syrup
  8. Molasses
  9. Sorghum

*Safe for diabetics. Use Stevia sparingly or it is bitter - otherwise, it's naturally delicious and a much healthier choice!

These are the secondary natural sweetener choices to use with discretion:

  1. Fructose
  2. Fruit Juice Concentrate
  3. Juice Concentrate
  4. Sugar alcohols (Polyols)

    • Isomalt
    • Lactitol
    • Malitol
    • Mannitol
    • Sorbitol
    • Xylitol
  5. Turbinado Sugar
  6. Tagatose

Ho, Ho, Ho when you say No, No, No! Happy Holidays!

Posted December 2010 | Permanent Link

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