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The science behind sugar
We know that sugar is a carbohydrate, but what makes it different from other carbohydrates?
Well, for one thing, you can only find sugar in foods by eating them or working with them.
Carbohydrates are all foods that contain carbon and water, along with some nutrients to make them healthy.
Sugars are compounds that come from plants, so they’re natural and part of our lives.
Some sugars are found as fiber in fruits and vegetables, and they help fill us up without too many calories. Other sugars are added to food during processing—the type often referred to as ” added sugars”.
They include syrup and honey which are used in cooking, and corn sweetener and maple sweetener which are both commonly used in food.
Total carbs minus total fibers = net carbs. Total carbs includes everything like bread and pasta, while net cars counts toward your daily carb intake.
In general, 1 oz (30 g) of dried fruit has 6 grams of fiber and 0.75 grams of protein. 1 cup (250 ml) of raw carrots has about 8 grams of fiber and half a gram of protein. While these may sound like small amounts, adding more fiber and fewer carbs is almost always a good thing.
That means if you eat any kind of fruit or vegetable, add more dried ones to meals. If you’re hungry between meals, have a snack of almonds
The science behind aspartame
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener with a small amount of phenylalanine
Many people are aware of aspartame’s main ingredient, which is its primary reason it works so well – its use by manufacturers has been growing steadily since 1980. Some studies show that aspartame can help reduce food intake, though only modestly; some feel it helps by acting on brain chemistry.
In any case, there’s no doubt it makes foods taste better, while also offering new options for consumers.
A common question about aspartame is whether it is safe for pregnant women to use. Manufacturers need to consider how different medications affect pregnancy.
Studies have shown that when taken at very high doses over long periods of time (not recommended), aspartame may cause headaches, dizziness, anxiety, or mild depression. At higher dosages, more severe effects might include seizures.
Because it is such a prevalent additive, getting information from other sources is important. One study I found briefly discussed how aspartame affects children. It demonstrated that even at fairly low concentrations, namely in soda, aspartame can interfere with learning and development if consumed during critical windows of vulnerability.
These findings were confirmed in another study conducted by the same group of researchers. Both studies suggested that consuming aspartame after breastfeeding should be fine before school age, but not before.
Can sucralose cause weight gain?
No, sugar cane is not related to chicle tree sap which is found in some gum products.
Sucrose (also known as table sugar) is made from combining equal parts of glucose and fructose.
It will occur when you are harvesting or processing fruits and vegetables. Some ingredients have higher levels of sucrose including honey, milk, and fruit juices.
Because it is relatively easy to make, many companies use it as a marketing tool to increase product appeal.
For instance, beverages can be flavored with “sugar” that is actually mostly water and/or carbohydrates (i.e., no sugars).
What are the health concerns with sucralose
In small amounts, sucralose is considered safe; however, it has been linked to some health issues in large animals (not humans). When ingested by males during pregnancy or breastfeeding, for example, it may be harmful to the fetus or child.
Thus, even if you’re not pregnant, talking with your doctor is an important part of keeping yourself healthy.
For most people, eating more food is an easy solution to obesity.
However, for those who struggle to eat enough fiber, listen to their bodies and live cleanly, especially when trying to conceive.
Sucralose can hinder weight loss as it competes with other nutrients for absorption into your body.
It also slows digestion, which means that you lose nutrition with each bite you take.
Does sucralose have a bitter taste?
Yes, it has a very strong bitter flavor. But that’s where sorbitol — one of its ingredients –comes in to save the day. Sorbitol is a sugar derivative that provides a slight sweet taste with little or no calorific value.
Because you eat so much more food when you have diabetes, there are a number of products available that contain added sugars or artificial Sweeteners. One such product is insulin. With sucrase enzyme inhibitors like tenatoprazole (marketed as Nexium) and dacarbazine (Taken off the market due to liver damage), these drugs can cause severe side effects.
This is why we recommend people not taking any medications about if they take acetaminophen. It is also why we do not recommend supplements by themselves for diabetes management unless specifically approved by your physician.
Use less sugar, not less calories
There has been some concern that replacing carbohydrates with artificial sweeteners may be associated with weight gain. Research suggests that compared to consuming glucose (a type of carbohydrate), eating aspartame (an artificially-created sweetener) or sucrose (table sugar) may help reduce appetite.
However, any association between dieting and weight gain is likely moderated by how much food you eat. People who are hungry after reducing their intake of sugars or carbs are more likely to end up drinking lots of liquids to make up for the loss of hunger.
Thus, it makes sense that someone who is already overconsuming calories would also consume more fluids because they are missing out on other foods that they are used to eating.
For instance, if you usually enjoy salty snacks then eliminating your regular consumption of salt will cause you to seek out recipes that have increased amounts of sauce or spice to flavor your food.
In fact, research shows that people who often eat spicy meals do tend to drink more tea or lemonade to compensate for the spiciness of the beverage or dish.
Similarly, people who prefer mild beverages and dishes can both increase the amount of sauces and spices in their diets to enhance them. Cutting back on the use of tomato products, such as ketchup, could lead to a decrease in overall dessert calorie counts.
Therefore, while cutting down on sugar and processed carbs may be a good thing to do, trying to limit solid food
Learn to recognize sugar in foods
Many people are choosing sucralose over other artificial sweeteners because they believe it is less likely to cause health problems than others. However, what many don’t realize is that even small amounts of sucrals have been linked to health issues like weight gain and diabetes.
These additives can also be dangerous for your children who are trying to grow healthy teeth. As adults, we can handle more sucraloses in our diet without too much trouble.
However, when babies and toddlers get exposed to high quantities of this artificial flavorings, they can actually lose teeth due to habit formation.
This occurs because kids find it enjoyable to bite into hard substances as they get older. This can make dental care expensive since you need to see a dentist every time a child bites into something with these flavors.
Furthermore, research has shown that patients between the ages of 6 and 18 can react to sulfates similarly. Besides weight gain and tooth loss, some studies suggest that intakes above 1 gram per day may increase blood pressure.
Therefore, individuals with vulnerable hypertension should avoid this type of additive.
Eat more healthy fats
Although studies show that Splenda can help you lose weight, it’s not very healthy.
You should only use sugar-free substitutes like splenda when medically necessary – if you have diabetes or are hypoglycemic.
However, many of these same people choose to forgo eating real foods because they think their blood glucose levels will drop too much from eating a normal diet.
In fact, experts agree that there is no need to restrict yourself to “safe” foods while you recover from surgery or check into a treatment program.
It’s important to remember that your body was meant to process sugars, so long as you make the appropriate changes to your lifestyle.
Fortunately, we eat lots of other types of food which provide plenty of nutrients without causing any problems.
That includes fat. Believe it or not, one of the best ways to lose weight is by consuming more calories. And although it may be difficult to convince yourself to eat more food, training your mind around this concept can help get you back in the habit of doing so.
Enter: Healthy fats.
We know that saturated fats are bad, but actually, most saturated fats come from sources of trans fats. Examples include fried foods, desserts, snackables (chips), and products made with vegetable oils.
So how do healthy fats differ from harmful ones? They vary by source, but generally, healthy
Talk to your doctor
Even if you don’t have diabetes, there are many reasons why it is important for you to discuss how weight gain affects you. Your medical history cannot only help determine what causes your weight gain, but also whether or not you should take medications.
Many doctors will question their patients about weight gain issues at each routine appointment, especially if they perceive that something may be wrong. Sometimes even asking questions can make people feel more comfortable in regards to their weight and seek answers as to why they are overweight.
You may have some level of understanding of your weight problems through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This form of psychotherapy can help people learn ways to cope with feelings like eating too much or losing control of their food intake.
People who undergo this type of treatment often find it helpful. However, CBT works best when people are willing to participate in the process. If someone does not want to talk or do not understand being told to lose control of their eating, this approach will not work.
In those cases where medication fails, surgery may be an option. You could always choose to try a gastric balloon or another procedure aimed at limiting sugar absorption in your digestive system.