Sugar is bad for you. Not such shocking news. Diabetes is the obvious one, but there are other risks in the world of inflammation. As an inflammatory molecule, sugar is implicated in heart disease, cancer… everything. So Sugar is bad enough that we should avoid it.
BUT ERIC… EVERYBODY EATS SUGAR… IT CANNOT BE THAT BAD.
Oh my. (SMH)
This argument again. (More SMH)
So stuck in our ways.
Stats… just look at the stats. With no less than 60% of all deaths from cancer and heart disease, and more likely closer to 80% when we consider the etiology of most other respiratory disease coming from a cardiovascular insufficiency… basically, the impact of inflammation on the cardiovascular system, or irritation leading to mutation, could be implicated as a factor in up to 80% of all deaths.
Stats are stats. Not a “maybe”, or “well that was that year…”. They move tiny movements from year to year. So if the percentage is the percentage, then the concern is the concern.
Your going to have issues… bad issues… if you eat sugar without concern.
So then, the question that I want to bring up, is whether to use any sweetener, or simply ignore sweet. Should you use aspartame or sucralose (I won’t even waste my time with these… if you care about the diseases above, you better ignore these sweeteners like the plague). But what about xylitol, erythritol, maltitol… Stevia… honey, agave or maple syrup?
Well, on the scale of sweeteners that provide sugar to the body, I would pick honey over syrup or nectar. Coconut nectar might be ever so slightly better than honey, but that is study to study at this time, so it is hard to say so without a doubt.
But on the non-nutritive sweeteners like the itol family, or stevia. On the level of natural, stevia stands alone as the only one that is truly a safe sweetener, but after weighing the bulk of research on xylitol, I would throw that in for mild usage, along with erythritol. But, many people in the natural health world are saying that you should avoid these sweeteners. The thought is that they drive the taste buds to want more and more sweet, which then drives you to be more and more addicted to sweet, which you then satisfy by eating more and more sugar, even though you were trying to avoid it in the first place.
My thought. If you have proven to be someone with great addictive potential. You should wisely choose to minimize sugar, and as sugar addiction thrives, you can substitute stevia and xylitol. The further you move away from sugar, the further you should move away from these sweeteners, and try to soften your pallet, so that it enjoys the “relative” sweet from raw foods and fruits, with less desire for the feeling/taste of “sweet”.
But the most important piece of all of this, is to move away from sugar. Period.
Be well and be blessed! – Dr. E