Which Are the Worst Sugars And Sweeteners?
Because more and more people every day find out that their bodies don’t work properly due to high sugar consumption, the food industry uses various alternatives in order to make the food tasting sweet. The high amounts of sugar in the diet are linked to diseases like diabetes, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, heart disease, obesity etc. If the packed food contains sugar, in some cases it would be better than the artificial chemicals used to deceive your taste receptors and to make your body believe that there this food is sweet because it contains good carbohydrates.
High-fructose corn syrup
The glucose-fructose, isoglucose and glucose-fructose syrup are the other names of the popular these days high-fructose corn syrup made from modified corn starch. This type of sweetener has a very sweet and distinctive taste and is widely used in common foods, however it is the most damaging your cells one. It contains glucose and fructose, but fructose is in such high concentration that it causes seven times more problems to your digestive system that the ordinary table sugar. On the top of the that, the sweet corn that is used for the production of high-fructose syrup is modified which means that your body cannot even recognize it as a natural plant. If you have high blood sugar levels, you should avoid foods containing it.
Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners
Some chewing gums and lots of soft drinks contain aspartame which is proved to cause brain and blood vessels damage, especially if consumed by children. The other artificial sweeteners like saccharin, cyclamate, Acesulfame K etc. are as harmful as aspartame and should not be used by humans or animals. They had been advertised in the past as safe for people suffering from diabetes because of their low glycemic index and because they have extremely sweet taste but the results of their consumption could be cancer, brain damage and all kinds of diseases.
Although maltodextrin is moderately sweet, it is added to a lot of packed foods, including meat and fish. It has a very high glycemic index of 110 which is even more that the pure glucose and is very harmful for the inner organs as it acts as a glue. A lot of foods, even in the healthy stores, could contain this poisonous ingredient. For example, the stevia liquid which is supposed to be very healthy because stevia is the number one natural sweetener with zero glycemic index, could have maltodextrin in it in order to make the solution thicker. Do not be deceived because it is written stevia, but read the labels on the back and choose wisely.
The information about sugar alcohols is very contradictory because there are so many kinds of sugar alcohols on the market. The most popular one is maltitol and it has a quite high glycemic index of 35 which could be very dangerous for people suffering from diabetes or insulin resistance. Others like xylitol, erythritol, mannitol etc. have very low glycemic index and are preferred for consumption by people who have high blood sugar problems or are on a keto diet. Generally, the increased amount of sugar alcohols could cause stomach issues and could act as laxative, the results on the health are not so drastic but the body cannot recognize them as sugar so it is still not so clear how they are digested, so use them very rarely.
Refined and modified Sugar
The refined sugar is white or brown and could be found in all kinds of sweet desserts, its glycemic index is 65 and is called a “fast carbohydrate” as the body digests it very quickly. This means that the blood sugar levels would jump up immediately after the consumption of it and in long term could lead to a lot of health issues including weight gain.The most dangerous thing about it, is the amount of it as a lot of soft drinks and packed desserts could contain much more sugar than you imagine. The easiest way to avoid the bad effects, is to substitute it with raw cane sugar or to choose another healthy sugar substitute like coconut sugar, stevia etc. Modified sugars like caramel syrup, inverted sugar etc. are with lower glycemic index but more difficult to be digested.
Very recently, some researches showed that agave syrup contains a lot of fructose and is not properly digested by the body as it might even causes some health issues with the liver. Although, you will find it in most of the organic shops as a healthy alternative of sugar, the consumption of agave syrup is not recommended as it is considered as one of the most damaging kinds of sweeteners on the market.
Limited sugar consumption is important for the overall health but you need to choose wisely what do you put in your body as not everything that is sweet is good. Actually, very few things that have the sweet taste are good for your body except for fruits. Fruits are healthy and tasty, they will support your health rather than destroying it. Another gentle way to heal your organs and to awaken your inner healing abilities is coMra therapy, all the different treatments are created to help you heal yourself and stay healthy and full of energy.
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