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Old 02-02-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down. But it also makes blood pressure and cholesterol go up, along with your risk for liver failure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Sugar and other sweeteners are, in fact, so toxic to the human body that they should be regulated as strictly as alcohol by governments worldwide, according to a commentary in the current issue of the journal Nature by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Sugar Should Be Regulated As Toxin, Researchers Say - Yahoo! News
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Very interesting article, thanks for the link. Seems we're not meant to consume huge quantities of pure sugar without suffering some serious and harmful consequences.

I read an interesting book about this some time back called Sugar Blues by William Dufty...it's a fascinating book as it traces the history of sugar in our culture and diets and where it's lead...which is to where are today...with fatty livers, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and rampant obesity...
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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And chronic diseases related to diet such as heart diseases, diabetes and some cancers — for the first time in human history — kill more people than infectious diseases, according to the United Nations.

We eat about 600 calories a day just from added sugars. Think about it.

I agree that there is an excess of sugar in our diets. I was on the Atkins diet a long time ago and for the first time I read labels looking for sugar, corn syrup, etc. I was amazed at how much unwanted and unneeded sugar is in our food. I even suspect that it is the sugar industry funding the war against artificial sweeteners.

Sugar and fat are killers.

We have all heard, by now, of how fat we are and getting what used to be called 'adult onset' diabetes and clogged arteries at earlier and earlier ages.

There are some studies concluding that some of the artery clogging fats are facilitated by our sugar intake.

Sugar is deadly. I try to avoid it wherever I can. It is very hard to get a good variety of cereals with very low sugar. Why do they not use artificial sweeteners in cereals, I wonder?
Do you notice how they try to give cereal a 'natural' appearance by adding raisins and dates? It's still junk food. Dried fruit concentrates the sugars even more and is not good for you.

Even milk contains a quantity of natural sugar. I take unsweetened soy milk (Silk). Over time my tastebuds have become more sensitive to sugar and I simply cannot eat most cereal. Luckily I like oatmeal.

I don't really know how responsible parents manage.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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I agree that suger IS very detrimental to our health, and we should endulge as little as possible.....but I also believe all the phony sweeteners.aspartame, splenda, sucaryle etc are VERY detrimental to our health, and should be COMPLETELY avoided.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Lompoc,CA
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And chronic diseases related to diet such as heart diseases, diabetes and some cancers — for the first time in human history — kill more people than infectious diseases, according to the United Nations.

We eat about 600 calories a day just from added sugars. Think about it.

I agree that there is an excess of sugar in our diets. I was on the Atkins diet a long time ago and for the first time I read labels looking for sugar, corn syrup, etc. I was amazed at how much unwanted and unneeded sugar is in our food. I even suspect that it is the sugar industry funding the war against artificial sweeteners.

Sugar and fat are killers.

We have all heard, by now, of how fat we are and getting what used to be called 'adult onset' diabetes and clogged arteries at earlier and earlier ages.

There are some studies concluding that some of the artery clogging fats are facilitated by our sugar intake.

Sugar is deadly. I try to avoid it wherever I can. It is very hard to get a good variety of cereals with very low sugar. Why do they not use artificial sweeteners in cereals, I wonder?
Do you notice how they try to give cereal a 'natural' appearance by adding raisins and dates? It's still junk food. Dried fruit concentrates the sugars even more and is not good for you.

Even milk contains a quantity of natural sugar. I take unsweetened soy milk (Silk). Over time my tastebuds have become more sensitive to sugar and I simply cannot eat most cereal. Luckily I like oatmeal.

I don't really know how responsible parents manage.
Hey now,dont be hatin on the dried fruits! I love them...lol
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Durham UK
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Hey now,dont be hatin on the dried fruits! I love them...lol
Dried fruit is no more unhealthy than other fruit and is a convenient way to eat fruit.Dried fruit doesn't "spoil" like fresh fruit. It's also full of fibre and the process preserves the vitamins and they are high in many antioxidants.Theie glycaemic index is low to moderate-depending on the fruit.
Recently dreid fruits have been shown to be benefiical for good oral health.

Dried fruit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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Dried fruit is no more unhealthy than other fruit and is a convenient way to eat fruit.Dried fruit doesn't "spoil" like fresh fruit. It's also full of fibre and the process preserves the vitamins and they are high in many antioxidants.Theie glycaemic index is low to moderate-depending on the fruit.
Recently dreid fruits have been shown to be benefiical for good oral health.

Dried fruit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
All the sugar that is in that piece of fruit is concentrated in that little chunk of dried fruit. Where you might eat just one peach, if you are eating dried peaches you tend to eat much more than the equivialant of one peach.

It IS dangerous when people eat the stuff and don't realize the quantity of fruit and their sugars that they are consuming. Most people don't.

All I am saying here, is to do things in moderation and generally you will be fine.
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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I agree that suger IS very detrimental to our health, and we should endulge as little as possible.....but I also believe all the phony sweeteners.aspartame, splenda, sucaryle etc are VERY detrimental to our health, and should be COMPLETELY avoided.
Well, I guess we just have to remain differing on this. I think, if you switch amongst them you have less exposure to any one and mitigate the damage, if any. I also agree that some of these tests on rats would be the equivalent of a human consuming cases of the stuff on a daily basis. THAT little test would make sugar MUCH more dangerous, I'll wager.

I also think the sugar industry is much more powerful than the individual artificial sweetener businesses when it comes to influencing government and testing. Sugar is in so much that it is very, very hard to avoid. Such is not the case with the sweeteners.

The population of this country has many more problems due to the consumption of sugar and fat than from artificial sweeteners. Obesity and diabetes are almost in epidemic numbers, where are the similar numbers of the ill from artificial sweeteners?

As I said before, I have a problem digesting those slowly metabolizing sugar alcohols like mannitol and I just avoid them, and they are probably, in your estimation, closer to 'natural' than saccharin and the like. It depends on the person.
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