I felt I needed to revisit this post and do a REPOST! What bothers me – what ALWAYS bothers me – is when companies (or governmental regulatory bodies, even) tout something as natural, when its sole ability to exist in the way we consume it as a supplement is based on wholly unnatural, synthetic chemical processes. October 23, 2016 by admin

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under GMO, GMO Food, Misc. Posts, Sugar Alternatives, XYLITOL

Hello Dear people! I just met the most delightful soul yesterday and she read the following post and knew why she shouldn’t eat anything with XYLITOL in it.  So, I wanted it to be fresh in your minds again. Here it is.

RE- POST!

What bothers me – what ALWAYS bothers me – is when companies (or governmental regulatory bodies, even) tout something as natural, when its sole ability to exist in the way we consume it as a supplement is based on wholly unnatural, synthetic chemical processes.

October 23, 2016 by   (Edit)
Filed under XYLITOL

DON’T FALL FOR XYLITOL AS I DID FOR TWO YEARS!!

What’s wrong with Xylitol

 

Most xylitol is made from GMO corn and is a highly processed food like substance, it is NOT “natural” in the sense you and I would use the word. (It can be made from birch tree bark, if so, the package will state it… Even so 1. birch xylitol is still extremely processed and 2. most “products” like finished foods and personal care items containing xylitol use corn) 

Most commercial Xylitol is processed using heavy metals, chemicals, is bleached and is hydrogenated to extract the sugar alcohols from the fiber of the plant. Xylitol is fairly new on the food scene so we have little evidence of long term use in a large population, If we think of other hydrogenated foods we will quickly realize they have a long history of turning out to be very bad for our health, think margarine, fast food or donuts… all cause chronic inflammation and disease. Reasoning would lead one to err on the side of caution and avoid any hydrogenated processed food.

 

Since it is a processed extracted sugar alcohol it is not digested like a natural sugar and throws the gut’s ecosystem out of balance. 

There is also a small concern about it’s toxicity in rats and a possible link to increasing epileptic seizures.

it is toxic to dogs and can kill your pets if they eat your food, gum or toothpaste

Finally:

The claims about Xylitol preventing cavities is based on the theory that bacteria on the tooth surface eats sugar creating acid that decays the enamel which causes cavities, anyone who looks into modern holistic dentistry will soon find that the current thinking is so much more complicated than this. Cavities are a symptom of malnutrition leading to a deterioration of the tooth. essentially cavities are a bone disease caused by a lack of the proper diet and sunshine (vitamin D), therefore xylitol’s anti-bacteria qualities are not only systemically toxic but only a band-aid over a much deeper problem.

Here are further links of the topic:

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/xylitol-not-as…/

http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-health-toxins/Xylitol-Poisoning.aspx

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/xylitol.asp

http://lesliekenton.com/health/xylitol-good-or-bad/

6 Substitutes for sugars

May 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Sugar Alternatives

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Substitutes for sugar #1:

Coconut Sugar or Palm Sugar

This is one of my favourite substitutes for sugar…(Palm sugar is made from the sap of sugar palm tree, also called ‘date palm; and coconut sugar comes from coconut tree flowers – but both great NATURAL sweeteners and make great substitutes for sugar)

It is classified as a low glycemic index food, so it has been very popular among diabetics.  However, it’s gaining mainstream popularity all the time.  It is considered to be much healthier than white sugar and brown sugar.  So, one of the GREATEST substitutes for sugar!
Coconut sugar is a rich source of:

–potassium,
–magnesium,
–zinc,
–iron,
–Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6

The coconut sap has a very high content of Glutamine and Inositol which makes it a great substitute for sugar.

So, why are these such great substitutes for sugar?

First, Glutamine has been shown to be a great treatment of serious illnesses and related-side-effects of cancer as well as in wound healing (reduces healing time)

As for Inositol, it is the highest amount of all the vitamins found in the coconut sap (where coconut sugar comes from).

Inositol has been known to relieve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

The most interesting benefit of theses substitutes for sugar are,  iInositol’s effects on the central nervous system and its role in the development of healthy cells.

Because of this, it is recommended as a treatment for:

–anxiety,
–depression,
–bipolar mood disorder,
–obsessive compulsive disorder
–panic disorders.

Evidence also shows that it has been useful in treating other mood disorders and neuro-psychological disorders.

Substitutes for sugar #2:

Brown Rice Syrups

If you look at where this natural substitutes for sugar comes from (Brown rice) we can clearly see how it’s so beneficial.

Brown rice is simply white rice that has the bran intact.
This is what makes it a much better source of fiber (and therefore one of the great substitutes for sugar)

Besides the fiber, bran contains many great nutrients:

–magnesium,
–manganese
–zinc

Substitute for sugar #3:

Xylitol (and Stevia)


These are both natural substitutes for sugar.  They can be used in baking, cooking, coffee, etc.

I have heard that if you mix these two you have a perfect substitute (taste wise) for regular sugar.

Xylitol is a natural substance found in vegetables and fruit.  It’s also in corn on the cob and various hardwood trees.  It occurs naturally in our metabolisms as well as in the metabolism of several plants.

Benefits of using Xylitol:

–inhibits yeast growth (opposite of refined white or brown sugar which feeds yeast)
–hardly any effect on blood sugar and insulin levels
–dentist use it in products because it’s been proven to inhibit cavities and plaque and helps tooth enamel

These two ingredients are use as sugar substitutes

Substitutes for sugar #4:

RAW honey

– This is medicine for your body, mind and soul and when it comes to great substitute for sugar, this is one of the best.  It has been known for centuries as “liquid gold”.
But beware!  If you are buying honey from your local grocery store, chances are it’s the ‘fake’ kind….yes, even if it says “pure”!

Most honey available on the market is processed with heat and filtered through a fine filter paper. Pasteurizing honey destroys enzymes and vitamins while removing protein-rich pollen.  This pasteurization process ensures that the honey remains liquid for a very long time.
(Coming up:  a great article on the benefits of bee pollen!  Did you know it’s a superfood?)

When it finally starts to granulate, the crystals begin to form at the bottom of the jar.

This is a sure sign that the honey has been refined and processed.

The best way to buy honey when looking for substitutes for sugar, Please look for LOCAL and RAW honey…and buy it :)
Just like most foods, try to buy local any chance you can…

A couple of wonderful things that make this one of the best substitutes for sugar:
Raw honey  has natural enzymes and many, many healing properties.
This (and much more) makes it a phenomenal substitute for sugar.

I think it’s important to note that honey will affect your blood sugar levels.
Also, never, ever feed honey to children under 2.

Local RAW honey can even help with allergies!

On the list of substitutes for sugar, this is one of the best.

Substitutes for sugar #6:

Miel de Agave (and organic agave nectar)  –

First, you need to make sure your Agave is certified organic and as clear as possible (lighter in colour the better). Agave enters your blood stream very slowly and is safe for most diabetics (most of the time).
It’s made from agave cactus which is also used to make tequila :)
However, all agave nectars are NOT made equally.  Some on the market today are processed and high-fructose.
(See this article on Agave:  Is Agave Nectar bad for you?)
Regular agave nectar (especially the super dark one) is NOT considered natural.  It’s highly processed and even burned (hence the dark colour)…definitely not one of the best substitutes for sugar.

Substitutes for sugar #7:

 FRUIT

Contain natural sugar.  I use certain fruit in anything I want sweetened.
I really believe you can consume as many fruit as your heart desires :)

Ps.  I’ve recently tried DATES in smoothies and WOW!   Talk about an energy boost!  I rarely need to add “sugar” in other forms to anything I eat.

TIP ! :  Dates are an AMAZING substitutes to sugar, especially in muffins and baking :)

TIP 2:  If you have constant sugar cravings, (like I used to), it only means you have an imbalance going on in the brain.
The key is to fix that first…this is done by nutrition and eating foods that satisfy the part of the brain that needs it.

Cravings exist because our BRAIN isn’t satisfied, not because our stomach isn’t full!!
That’s also a huge reason obesity exists.