The Dangers of Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar."

—Otto H. Warburg (Nobel Prize awarded for his work identifying cancer as a metabolic disease in 1931)

 

Sugar is almost everywhere in processed food. You just can't get away from it. This is not even counting sugar where you expect it to be such as most desserts, candy bars and the like. Its even in most canned veggies.

 

People in the 1800's consumed about 2-5 pounds of sugar in a year but today that consumption has skyrocketed to over 150 pounds of sugar per person! Yikes!!

 

What's so bad about sugar? Sugar feeds cancer! Its cancer food! It is metabolized by the body very quickly and gives your blood a "sugar spike" then the pancreas releases a lot of insulin to combat all this sugar. No wonder there are so many people, especially children, who come down with Type II diabetes. If too much sugar is ingested the pancreas cannot keep up its production of insulin and the body becomes resistant to it and soon a person will be diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and also be at high risk of a diagnosis of cancer. And where does all this excess sugar go? The body stores it as fat. Now you know that on ANY diet (including the Ketogenic Anti-Cancer Diet) iliminates or restricts sugar.

 

Cancer cells LOVE sugar and this will cause any cancer cells in the body to multiply quicker making it harder for your immune system to combat it. 

 

The problem with sugar and many junk foods is that they can cause a massive dopamine release… much more than we were ever exposed to from foods found in nature. For this reason, people who have a susceptibility to addiction can become strongly addicted to sugar and other junk foods. You can see this at most any cash register areas in stores. You will notice that children will be reaching for a sugary treat kept near the cash because they are literally addicted to it. Some kids will take a fit unless their parents or guardian buy the kid their "sugar fix."

 

There are many names for sugar. These are some of them to disguise the fact that it is sugar. They use these names in an attempt to disguise the fact there is sugar in their product:

 

  • barley malt

  • buttered syrup

  • cane-juice crystals

  • caramel

  • carob syrup

  • corn syrup

  • corn syrup solids

  • dextran

  • dextrose

  • diatase

  • diastatic malt

  • fructose

  • glucose

  • glucose solids

  • grape sugar

  • high-fructose corn syrup

  • invert sugar

  • lactose

  • malt syrup

  • maltodextrin

  • maltose

  • mannitol

  • refiner's syrup

  • sorbitol

  • sorghum syrup

  • sucrose

  • turbinado sugar

 

So by dividing the total amount of added sugars into three or four different sugar names instead of using just one type of sugar, companies are able drop their added sugars further down the list (the less the weight, the lower the rank on the ingredient list).


So for example, if a manufacturer wants to sweeten up a certain brand of crackers, it can either do this using 15 grams of "sugar" or, 5 grams of "malt syrup," 5 grams of "invert sugar" and 5 grams of "glucose". Some manufacturers seem to be choosing this divide and masquerade method, placing these ingredients lower down on their products lists, making us believe the amount of sugar in the product is less than it is. Bingo! One of the easiest ways to recognize sugar on a food label is by recognizing the -ose suffix. When you find words that end in -ose, there's a good chance it is sugar. 

 

A Sugar Alternative - Stevia

 

A herb native to South American, Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar. It has been used as a sweetener for centuries in South America, and in Japan, makes up 41 per cent of the sweetener market. So widespread is its use, before Coca Cola decided to ‘standardise’ the recipe, Stevia was used in Japanese Diet Coke. 

 

The herb recently ran into trouble in the U.S. with the Food and Drug Administration over the label ‘sweetener’ but has rebounded to become the second most popular sugar alternative in the U.S. under the term ‘dietary supplement’. Stevia has no calories and no glycemic impact making it suitable for diabetics as well as weight watchers and eco warriors. 

 

The following section is for people who are NOT on the ketogenic diet but are using the diet as the core of their new way of eating natural foods. These are some suggested sugar sources. Its STILL a good idea to limit your sugar intake even after your cancer is cured because as you have read (hopefully) that sugar is cancer food.

 

Raw Honey (non-processed)

 

RAW honey is used by many cultures as a remedy for many health ailments including ulcers, digestion problems, and even seasonal allergies. Studies have shown raw honey to have antibiotic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. Many people use honey topically on cuts and scrapes to help fight infection. 

 

With antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, carbohydrates, and phytonutrients, raw, unprocessed honey is considered a superfood by many alternative health care practitioners and a remedy for many health ailments. Choose your honey wisely. There is nothing beneficial about processed honey.

 

Other Non-sugar Or Low Sugar Choices

 

Blackstrap molasses is perhaps the most beneficial and is a good source of iron and calcium. It’s quite thick and viscous and is best used in baking. It is also sweeter than sugar and so you’ll need less.

 

Lucuma has a uniquely sweet, fragrant and subtly maple-like taste that will bring your desserts to life without making your blood sugar levels skyrocket. Lucuma is an excellent source of carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  It boasts of plentiful concentrations of beta-carotene, which makes lucuma a powerful immune system booster, and it is rich in iron, B2 and B1. Its low sugar content makes it a healthy alternative to sugar for people who have diabetes and it is a great sweetener for women who are breastfeeding.

 

Artichoke syrup is rich in inulin, a type of fiber that feeds the friendly flora of the intestinal tract. It has an exceptional sweet taste and a very low glycemic index, making it a great sweetener for people with candida-conscious diets and diabetic blood sugar awareness. Research indicates that the inulin found in artichoke syrup may improve gastrointestinal health and calcium absorption.

 

Coconut Palm Sugar, the sap from the coconut palm is heated to evaporate its water content and reduce it to usable granules. Coconut sugar is nutritious and has a low score on the glycemic index, which means you don’t get a buzz followed by a crash. It tastes similar to brown sugar but is slightly richer. You can substitute coconut sugar for traditional sugar pretty much wherever you use the latter. Once tapped for sap, the trees can go on producing for 20 years and produce more sugar per hectare than sugar cane and benefit the local soil.

 

Aspartame

 

I know that Aspartame is bad for you so I decided to do some research on it. After reading a lot of reports on various web sites I could literally write a book on it. There are reams of reports of falsified tests done by G.D. Searle the initial company that developed aspartame. There was a LOT of money changing hands and deals going down but eventually aspartame was passed by the FDA after 7 years of refusal as safe for human consumption. In 1996 G.D. Searle was bought out by our good friend Monsanto, the same evil corporation that gave us DDT, Agent Orange, GMO seeds and the pesticide Roundup. I have just read that Monsanto has sold the rights to aspartame to Pfizer. 

 

Dr. John Olney, who founded the field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity, attempted to stop the approval of aspartame with Attorney James Turner back in 1996. The FDA's own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress that without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer and that it violated the Delaney Amendment, which forbids putting anything in food that is known to cause cancer. According to the top doctors and researchers on this issue, aspartame causes headache, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma and cancer. It worsens or mimics the symptoms of such diseases and conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue and depression. Further dangers highlighted is that aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol commonly called "wood alcohol" which is known to cause blindness amongst many other ailments. The resulting chronic methanol poisoning affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction. Methanol, or wood alcohol, constitutes one third of the aspartame molecule and is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic. How's that Diet Coke treating you now? Nutrasweet and Equal are common artificial sweeteners containing aspartame. I would much rather use sugar in my coffee than any of those sweeteners containing aspartame. Splenda is my second choice after Stevia as a sweetener. Stevia is 100% natural and completely safe.

 

Due to increasing public pressure to get aspartame—a fake sweetener linked to headaches and other health problems—out of its products, Pepsi announced it will remove the ingredient from several diet soda products. 

 

"Diet cola drinkers in the U.S. told us they wanted aspartame-free Diet Pepsi and we're delivering.", said Seth Kaufman, SVP Pepsi and Flavors Portfolio, PepsiCo North America Beverages, in a release. "We recognize that consumer demand is evolving and we're confident that cola-lovers will enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of this new product." No word yet when that decision will be made by Pepsi-Cola in Canada. I can see Coke following the same route to keep up with the trend.

 

 

Conclusion

 

This is yet another reason to eating natural foods. YOU have control of how much sugar you want in any foods you prepare. BE CAREFUL what you choose as a sweetener. Aspartame is probably the worst. It should not even be on the market at all. It is used widely as a sweetener in most if not all diet drinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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