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American Sweet Teeth
What you should know about your calorie cutting friends.

February 20th, 2005

By Sal Roach

While many Americans discover that they cannot survive on low carb diets without becoming walking zombies, their attention has shifted to another gut expander: Sugar. Even though it’s sweet and light, and comes in the form of a beautiful white powder, it can be a tremendous determinant in the battle against obesity.

Drinking a Coke might be as bad as eating a Big Mac and a large fries.

For more than 100 years, dating back to the turn of the century food shortages, escalated by the coming of the First World War, Saccharin was used because of its long lasting shelf life and its tiniest amount needed to sweeten a cup of coffee. At its inception, it was more of an economic tool than anything else.

Later, saccharin became the main ingredient in sugar substitutes such as Sweet and Low and its many imitations. All of these contained less calories or at least allowed the body to retain less calories than sugar did, and was thought to be a healthier alternative to everyday living.

Since 1958, the Food and Drug Administration has approved four sugar substitutes: saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame-K, and sucralose for use in artificial sweeteners, with sucralose starting to distinguish itself as the leader.

Sugar substitutes that contain saccharin have been thought to increase the risk of cancer, particularly bladder cancer, as the warning label states on any product that carries with it this name.

The FDA has stated that it causes cancer in rats and other lab animals, although that is not enough to keep it off the market.

Under Federal law, the results of what occurs in animal testing have no bearing on how it will affect humans, and was therefore left on the market.

Sugar substitutes such as Splenda (sucralose), who has just signed a deal with Diet Coke to make a realer tasting diet soda, work because it actually contains Chlorine - which helps to prevent the absorption of excess calories. The absorption of sugar calories is what causes weight gain.

It is also a draw for the millions who suffer from diabetes, because sucralose does not affect the level of glucose in the blood.

What is taking place inside your body?

Three hydroxyl atoms found in sugar are being replaced with chlorine atoms to clean you out and flush out the excess calories. Chemical alterations of natural products to rearrange how your body reacts are indeed a danger as well.

However, the long term affects of this new substitute are not known because of the short amount of time it has been on the market. While the other time tested products have a long list of proven malfunctions, there is no way of telling how sucralose will affect humans.

Animal testing has been limited, but has shown a tendency to cause kidney expansion and some inconsistency with menstruation.

As with anything, you need to keep track of the latest medical updates on whatever you are putting into your body. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have on substitutes you use, and we’ll be glad to answer.

member, there is no cure all for anything. Side affects and physical malfunctions are bound to take place when you alter the chemistry in your body. Make sure you do your research before you act.

Check yourself.

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