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      15.04.2007 18:28
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      no alternative

      Science has come a long way in the last 50 years yet they are unable to find alternative to sugar which is just good as sugar minus health problems that sugar causes. Teeth decay caused by too much consumption of sugar leads to other health problems, Obesity, weakens your immune system, destabilises blood sugar levels and research also shows bad teeth could cause heart problems.

      Alternatives to sugar:

      Aspartame
      sucralose
      saccharin
      Stevia

      Stevia is the one I would use. However it is banned in EC countries even though it is made from plant substances where as the others are manufactured by mixing compounds some of which are bad for us.

      Food industry is replacing sugar with Artificial sweeteners. Soft drinks like Coke don't have sugar in it.
      It is hard to find processed products in the UK that contain sugar. All 'diet' drinks, yogurts etc. Any product advertising low calorie or sugar free will have Aspartame in it.

      Problem with alternatives is that none is good as Sugar. Saccharin has a very bitter taste, it is mixed with other sweeteners to reduce the after taste. Also some sweeteners are banned in some countries for causing health problems.

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        14.04.2007 22:30
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        Eat what you prefer

        I am always searching for the perfect sweet food to satisfy my sweet food. Have never taken sugar in my drinks, but do like a touch on my weetabix.

        Have tried all the sweetners and find they just taste artificial and chemical. Canderal is too powdery, and still tastes chemical.

        In my search I have tried honey, which on toast is quite pleasant though added to drinks is foul. With strawberries and greek yoghurt is absolutely perfect.

        I find brown sugar the most pleasant, added to cooking and food it adds a nice flavour, and as an added bonus if you buy the fair traded brown sugar you can eat it with a clear conscience.

        However, all said and done, plain white sugar I am told is best in tea. No substitute at all.

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          12.04.2007 18:31
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          use it if you have to

          Artificial sweeteners: not satisfactory alternative to sugar. The alternatives are many times more sweeter than natural sugar. Chemicals in these could create problems for users.

          Main ones are saccharin and aspartame. Both failed tests in the lab. Cancer was linked to cyclamate which is a sweetener. Aspartame and Saccharin could cause brain tumors and cancer.

          Not every one agrees with side effects found in labs.
          Artificial sweeteners leave a dry after taste which I don't like.

          Using sweeteners doesn't give you bad breath. Because the bacteria that creates smell in the mouth attacks when sugar is taken.

          Diabete patients use sweeteners because it lets them vary their diet.

          People shouldn't take these sweeteners to help lose weight. I think usage of sweeteners over number of years could cause problems.

          Taste is not the same either.

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            29.03.2007 10:31
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            Artificial Sweeteners are bad for you!

            I truly wish that I could recommend a healthy, sugar substitute that contained little or no calories. Unfortunately, there is none, because absolutely none of them are healthy. This means that not Splenda (also known as sucralose), not saccharine, not aspartame, and not even the long banned cyclamates from the 1980s are actually healthy, and therefore none of them are very satisfactory.

            In fact, study after study has shown overwhelming evidence that each and every one of these artificial sweeteners are actually bad for you, and could harm your health with excessive use. People who suffer from Lupus have long been warned that using artificial sweeteners could cause kidney damage. Now it is becoming more and more evident that even non-Lupus sufferers could be damaging their livers by using these additives. Moreover, some people have found that using artificial sweeteners can actually make them gain weight instead of lose weight. That happens to be my personal problem, and so I've investigated this quite intensively. There are studies across the world that back this up, as well as many sites on the internet that will confirm this for you. Even the most reputable eating plan, Weight Watchers, has begun to tell their clients to restrict their intake of artificial sweeteners.

            Sure, some sugar substitutes have received the label "natural" which would make one think that they are better for you, but there are problems with those as well. For instance, advertisers have tried to fool the public into believing that sucralose is a "natural" sweetener, but it isn't. Fructose and glucose, for instance, are both natural sweeteners, but studies have shown that these can actually cause obesity and raise blood sugar levels, and so they are not substitutes recommended for those trying to lose weight or for diabetics. Sorbitol is a sweetener used in many food products and is a sugar that the body actually produces naturally, and in excess in diabetics. Unfortunately, sorbitol is also the thing that causes damage to diabetics' eyes and nerves.

            With a family that is riddled with diabetes, I've grown up fearing the "evil sugar". I've also grown up worried about my weight, and have suffered with being overweight almost all my life. Before I discovered that artificial sweeteners were making me gain weight, using them instead of sugar undermined every diet I went on, causing me frustration and eventually making me lose patience with them, and put my health in danger by gaining even more weight. When I finally discovered what was causing my problems, and cut out using artificial sweeteners, I was finally able to lose weight. Now, instead of being obese, I'm just chubby and although it is still difficult to lose weight, I can do it (when I try and want to). How do I do this without using sugar substitutes? Simply, I do what any intelligent thinking person would do – I cut down on real sugar intake. I now have no sugar in my coffee, I don't drink sweetened drinks, and I stay away from cakes and refined carbohydrates. What I do eat is a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, combined with lean proteins that any naturally skinny person would eat. In addition, I try to exercise regularly and I drink lots of water.

            I should mention that presently there is a patent pending on a truly natural sugar substitute called Brazzein, which is a derivative of the fruit of the Ballion plant, found in West Africa. The best thing about this is that instead of this sweetener being a carbohydrate, it is a protein – meaning that it not only sweetens like sugar, has far less calories than sugar but will also not act like a sugar in the body. Furthermore, it reacts well to heat so that it can be used like sugar in baking, as well. This would be the perfect sweetener for diabetics and could really give the other artificial sweetener manufacturers (and possibly the sugar cane growers, as well) a real run for their money. Unfortunately, this product isn't on the markets at the moment, because they haven't perfected the production of it, but I suggest we all keep an eye out for it.

            Therefore, in answer to the question "are there any satisfactory sugar substitutes", my answer would be, no, at this time, there are not. If you want to cut down on sugar, don't try substituting something else for it, try removing it or at least reducing it from your diet. This is the only satisfactory "alternative" available at this time, since none of the so-called natural or artificial ones are healthy, and could actually be harming you. That's the honest truth, so don't try to fool yourself or let advertisers try to tell you otherwise. Many others and I have learned this lesson the hard way. Take my advice and stop using artificial sweeteners before it is too late, and trust me, one day you'll be happy you did so.

            Thanks for reading!

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