There is also the presence of “sugar alcohol” in products like chewing gum, which can offer their own problems. Although it has alcohol in the name, it sadly wont give you a buzz. Instead, it means the body can’t completely absorb them. They have been known to ferment in the intestines and cause bloating, gas or diarrhea. Everyone can have different reactions to sugar alcohols, I’m sure you know how you respond to them. I worked with a nutritionist who had a client that started putting 1 pack of artificial sweetener on her cereal every day, and by the time she came in for consulting, she was up to 44 packs a day, because nothing tasted sweet to her anymore. She built up such a tolerance to sweeteners that she had to keep increasing the amount in order to taste the sweetness. Does that sound like a drug addiction to you?
Some folks like to use sugar alcohols because they offer a lower glycemic load (GL), but the glycemic index is a range rather than a fixed number. Since a gram of sugar alcohol offers a lower level of sweetness than a gram of table sugar, more must be used to achieve the same effect. Here is a chart from the Livesey Research center that shows the different results that sweeteners yield:
Food for children is especially something for parents to watch out for. “Healthy” foods for kids often contain more sugar than most soft drinks (for example, GO-GURT contains more sugar than Coca-Cola). Breakfast cereals and snack bars often are nothing more than sugar and food coloring. Another reason to watch your child’s sugar intake is the damage that the sugar will have on their teeth. Some parents actually give their 1-2 year olds cup after cup of apple juice!
|Would you do that to this baby? (Nice bracelet bro)
I hope that this article will help you better understand some of the tricks of the ingredient list. Basically anything that ends in “-ose” is a sweetener. I recommend avoiding pre-packaged meals altogether, as most of them are devoid of real nutrients anyway. Personally, I have a pretty bad gum habit, and I know my gum contains xylitol. They claim that it helps tooth decay, but at what cost?
I better get back to my habit of chewing on cinnamon toothpicks.
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