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The Race to Developing Healthier Sugar

The Race to Developing Healthier Sugar

Due to the increasing addiction to sugar and sweet-tasting food many companies are now trying to develop a healthier form of sugar.

Companies like DouxMatok, founded by Professor Avraham Baniel, is applying his 75 years of industrial chemical research experience in order to create healthier sugar. Even Nestle is in on the quest for sugar alternatives.

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Sugar Consumption

The recommended amount of added sugar to be consumed is a maximum of 5-10 teaspoons per day; to put this in perspective, an average American consumes about 17 teaspoons of added sugar per day.

Listed below are sweeteners that are FDA approved and can be used as a substitute:

  • Aspartame
  • Sucralose
  • Neotame
  • Ace-K
  • Saccharin
  • Advantame

Other common sugar substitutes are stevia, sugar aclcohols, honey, and agave nectar.

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Fad Diets and Sugar

Juice cleanses are known to be sold as "detoxifiers" by cleansing our organs with natural fruit juices. However, juice cleanses offer a rush of sugar without the fiber that slows down its absorption into your bloodstream, and it is fiber that is the most important part of the fruit.

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Natural Sugar and Added Sugar

Natural sugar can be found in most nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, and if you're looking for added sugar, it goes by 61 different names and it's quite hard to memorize them all.

The two most common sources for processed food sugars are sugarcane and sugar beets, but the cheapest to produce is corn syrup. Due to the desire for sweet-tasting food, there is now an overproduction of corn to satisfy the need for cheap sweets.

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Too Much Sugar is Bad for you

Although we must consume sugar -- because sugar is a carbohydrate and it fuels our bodies, overconsumption can lead to various illnesses such as:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Inflammation
  • Dementia
  • Tooth decay

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Added Sugar vs. Natural Sugar
  • Added sugar is unfriendly to our health. It can be found in most food products we come across. It is absorbed by the body quicker unlike natural sugar.
  • Processed food is digested quickly as soon as it enters out intestine while fiber-rich foods break down slowly and travel farther down the digestive track making us feel fuller.
  • Foods containing natural sugar and fiber allow the body to feed the healthy bacteria in our gut and supports the health of our own microbiome.

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It is commonly believed that the consume of artificial sweeteners helps reduce the intake of calories., resulting in less chances to develop a heart disease. However, there are ups and downs also when it comes to this topic, which you should definitely be aware of when deciding to start consuming them.

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The Sugar in Yogurt

British nutritioners have found that more than 900 different yogurt products have too much sugar in them -- even in plain yogurts and Greek yogurts.

According to the World Health Organization the recommended added sugar per day for children is 3-6 teaspoons while for adults is 6-9 teaspoons.

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