Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Sugar and other concentrated sweets furnish needed quick energy to the body in a readily digestible form. Sugar is a sedative, painkiller, tranquilizer, sleep inducer, antidepressant, wound healer (if applied externally) and antibacterial agent. Cane and beet sugars, jellies, jams, candy, syrups, molasses, and honey are concentrated sources of sugar. Fruits and natural sweeteners that also furnish bulk, vitamins and minerals in the diet.
White table sugar is a major carbohydrate source but does not contain the proteins, vitamins and minerals that are necessary for its own metabolism. B vitamins are robbed from other parts of the body to so the job. Excessive consumption of sugar also leads to an imbalance in the calcium-phosphorus relationship and may be a contributing factor in excess weight and obesity, diabetes, Crohn's disease, arthritis, tooth decay, asthma, mental illness, nervous disorders and low blood sugar.
Natural sources of sugar, such as fruits, usually contain adequate supplies of vitamins essential for digestion and metabolism. Honey, maple syrup, barley malt, date sugar, unrefined granulated sugar cane juice, and concentrated fruit juices are preferable sweeteners, more nutritious that table sugar.
Artificial sweeteners, including aspartame or its trade name NutraSweet, have been found in clinical studies to have numerous side effects, especially if consumed in large amounts or when heated. Saccharin, also an artificial sweetener, has been shown to cause Cancer in laboratory animals. A new artificial sweetener on the market sucralose with the trade name Splenda, is produced by chlorinating white table sugar. Far fewer studies exists on the safety of Splenda, but so far animal studies indicate that sucralose in animals can lead to such problems as shrunken thymis glands, enlarged liver and kidneys, reduced growth rate and abnormal pregnancy.
Another noncaloric sweetener is stevia, a leafy plan grown primarily in South America where it has been used for more than six hundred years. Stevia is 250 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.
~Nutrition Almanac 6th edition
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