Sugar Facts

Allergic Solution mixes do not have any added sugar. This allows you to control the type and amount of sugar to meet your dietary needs.

 

As nutritionists, we are well aware that sugar fuels inflammation and ill health. In 2010, Dr. Mercola wrote an article on the dangers of refined sugar in an article entitled, The 76 Dangers of Sugar to your Health. This article can be read at www.mercola.com

 

Below are just a few facts about refined (white) sugar:

  • Insulin Resistance - When sugar is consumed, small amounts of insulin are released by the pancreas to stabilize blood sugar levels.  If large amounts of sugar are consumed consistently, the body loses the sensitivity to insulin.  A condition called insulin resistance occurs.  Obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes will most likely follow.
  • Food Allergen - due to the amount of sugar that is consumed by each person (an average annual consumption of 135 pounds); sugar is a food allergen for many people – it is also highly inflammatory.
  • Inhibits Natural Killer Cells - natural killer cells are cells in your immune system that are responsible for fighting off viruses, bacteria and disease.  One teaspoon of sugar shuts off the natural killer cells (temporarily), leaving the body vulnerable to invasion.
  • Anti-nutrient - during the refining process, sugar is stripped of vitamins, minerals, fibre and enzymes.  The body must rob the body’s stores of vitamins and minerals to digest sugar.  This creates an increased need for nutrients.
  • Feeds Intestinal Yeast - a healthy intestinal tract contains a balance of good and bad bacteria.  Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in the gut, thereby, contributing to ill health.

 

In order to assist you in deciding what type of sugar is best for your dietary needs, below is a list and description of the different types of sugars available in the marketplace. Some of these sugars are readily available at your grocery store, and some may only be available at health food stores.

 

List of Healthy Sugars:


Sucanat – comes from the phrase, “SUgar CAne NATural”.  This sugar comes from unrefined sugar cane and is essentially ground-up sugar cane.  Although still sugar, it contains many nutrients such as: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and fibre.  Studies show that sugar cane plantation workers (who eat sugar cane all day) have a lower incidence of dental cavities than the average North American.  It is believed that the nutrients present in the sugar cane protect the teeth and gums from the adverse affects of the sugar.

 

Honey – the only food that has no expiration date.  It contains antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties, and has a calming effect on the stomach.

 

Fructose – this is fruit sugar. It has the least effect on blood sugar values, and therefore, is the recommended sugar for diabetics. However, most fructose is extracted from corn and contains many chemicals needed in the extraction process. Therefore, we normally do not recommend.

 

Blackstrap Molasses – the by-product of processing sugar cane.  It contains many concentrated vitamins and minerals, and contains more calcium than milk, more iron than eggs, and is an excellent source of potassium.

 

Stevia – an herb native to Paraguay has been used as a sweet herbal tea for centuries.  It is 300x sweeter than sugar, contains zero calories and is all natural.

 

Agave Nectar/Syrup – native to Mexico, this sweet syrup is extracted from the Agave plant.  It is sweeter than honey and contains iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium.  It does not have a strong affect on blood sugar and is recommended for diabetics.

 

Xylitol – first derived from the Birch tree in Finland in the early 1900’s.  Today, it is extracted from the fibres of fruits and vegetables.  It is a popular sweetener for chewing gum in Europe; and it has no aftertaste. However, xylitol is a sugar alcohol and can cause gastrointestinal upset such as: loose stools, vomiting, gas and general malaise if used in quantities over 1 tablespoon for certain individuals.

 

Coconut Sugar/Nectar – this is a relatively new sweetener to the marketplace. This type of sugar is produced by slicing off the bud of the flowering part of the coconut and collecting the sap or nectar. It does not spike blood sugar and is recommended for diabetics.

 

At Allergic Solution we come from a place of knowledge. As such, we do not recommend artificial sweeteners.

 

Artificial sweeteners have all been linked to increasing the risk of cancer. A great factual guide on the various artificial sweeteners available in the marketplace is a book by Ruth Winter called, A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives.