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Are artificial sweeteners bad for diabetics and/or do they even adversely affect blood sugar?

Are artificial sweeteners bad for diabetics and/or do they even adversely affect blood sugar?

Chemical sweeneners: can be toxic to the brain. You are better off using a natural root product called "Stevia." It is very sweet so you need very little and the manufacturers say it does not raise blood sugar. Check w/doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Are natural sugars (ie fructose) as bad for you as refined sugars: do they have the same effect?

Are natural sugars (ie fructose) as bad for you as refined sugars: do they have the same effect?

All Sugars Are Bad: There is no proof that sugars from fruits like fructose are much better than regular table sugar. Brown sugar, white sugar, "raw" sugar are all the same, avoid them. Whole fresh fruits--berries, apples, peaches pears, oranges have lots of fiber which causes slow absorption of the sugars and are great. ...Read more

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How many fruits can I eat in a day so that sugar from fruits do not contribute to high sugar intake? Non-diabetic male,healthy diet,added sugar -35gms

How many fruits can I eat in a day so that sugar from fruits do not contribute to high sugar intake? Non-diabetic male,healthy diet,added sugar -35gms

Glycemic Index: chart would be helpful. You can search the net for one. The fructose and thus insulin evoking aspect to fruits vary from fruit to fruit with berries being the lowest on the list and fruit juices and watermelon being much higher. Peace and good health. Same process for vegetables. ...Read more

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Hi I want to know if the sugars and carbs found in fruits are bad for people who have diabetes. All fruits have sugar and will it increase sugar level?

Hi I want to know if the sugars and carbs found in fruits are bad for people who have diabetes. All fruits have sugar and will it increase sugar level?

Diabetes: I strongly recommend that you see a dietitian to help you control your blood sugar. I assume that your diabetes at age 43 is type 2 diabetes. In that case you should work with the dietitian to rid yourself of diabetes. YES, THAT SHOULD HAPPEN IF YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF! Once you rid yourself of diabetes you will start telling all your friends with type two diabetes!! ...Read more

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Are all sugar substitutes sugar free ? Can you share some sources?

Are all sugar substitutes sugar free ? Can you share some sources?

See below: Stevia is usually sugar-free... You have to learn to read the labels. Be careful because multi-dextran is a sugar, products, ending with the letters OSE are usually sugars. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact me. You can get a lot more [email protected] by reading our newsletters. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are Odwalla juices good for you? They seem to have too much sugar content

Are Odwalla juices good for you? They seem to have too much sugar content

Prepared Juices: no better than any other juice. High cost, big advertising, the in thing, lots of calories and hip additives. Save your cash and eat an apple. ...Read more

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Isit healthier to feed kids oatmeal everyday with guar gum or evaporated cane juice? Does all ecjuice contain sucralose or has to be listed ingredient

Isit healthier to feed kids oatmeal everyday with guar gum or evaporated cane juice? Does all ecjuice contain sucralose or has to be listed ingredient

Oatmeal: Why put anything in the oatmeal? It is a great food by itself. Complex carbs, fiber, some protein. The guar just adds extra fiber, and the juice is a sweetener. If you need a sweetener for taste, that is your choice, and it should not matter whether it is fruit juice, sugar, honey, etc. I would avoid artificial sweeteners in kids. The calories from a little honey is minimal. ...Read more

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Can you still get cavities from calorie-free sugar substitute?

Can you still get cavities from calorie-free sugar substitute?

Yes and No: No because there is no sugar to feed the bacteria however if the drink is carbonated that is carbonic acid which etches the enamel weakening it. If you eat something with the drink then the bacteria can utilize that food to create the acid that starts the cavity. ...Read more

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Can sugar-free sweet drinks hurt you in weight loss even though they don't contain sugar?

Can sugar-free sweet drinks hurt you in weight loss even though they don't contain sugar?

No: Things with no calories do not help or hinder weight loss. Sugar has few calories in it. Everything else has calories, sometime a lot of calories and much more than you think. Talk w/a good dietitian. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. The recent press about artificial sweeteners and weight loss was an example of people misinterpreting the results of a bad study. ...Read more

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Can seven month babies have salt and sugar in thier foods?

Can seven month babies have salt and sugar in thier foods?

Avoid: 7 month old babies are basically on breast milk or formula and starting solids slowly. Keep in mind that you are giving them the building blocks of nutrition and they are learning about food, consistency and flavor. Natural home made veggies and fruit have plenty of flavor with out adding anything else. ...Read more

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Studies say artificial sweetner can lead to weight gain and/or increase blood sugar level(Src:'sugar substitute' in wiki).Does Stevia has same effect?

Studies say artificial sweetner can lead to weight gain and/or increase blood sugar level(Src:'sugar substitute' in wiki).Does Stevia has same effect?

Absolutely, however: mechanism of weight gain/?ed blood sugar clearly not the artificial sweeteners per-se. Far more likely the issue is supporting/promoting behaviors of seeking sweet tastes & eating more carbs while thinking this would be OK, compensated for by the artificial sweetener. Tiny imbalances, over time, can produce significant changes in body fat. ...Read more

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I will not eat refined sugars but will eat icecreams and chocolates. will this cause diabetics?

I will not eat refined sugars but will eat icecreams and chocolates. will this cause diabetics?

Depends on how much: You DO eat refined sugars as ice cream and chocolate generally contains refined sugar. I advise limiting chocolate to dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids and limit to about 1 ounce a day. Ice cream should also be OK if you just have small amounts a few times a week. If you eat lots of vegetables, are physically active and maintain a normal weight you will probably not develop diabetes. ...Read more

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Heard you should order sugarfree soda on airplanes (less sticky if kids spill). Are sugar replacements ok for kids?

Heard you should order sugarfree soda on airplanes (less sticky if kids spill). Are sugar replacements ok for kids?

WATER best! ; ): Sugar replacements, in common sense amounts, should be fine, but good ol' water best in this age of too much sugar and other refined carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Aspartame, Splenda or sugar? Are artificial sweeteners as bad for you as sugar or are they worse?

Aspartame, Splenda or sugar? Are artificial sweeteners as bad for you as sugar or are they worse?

Artificial sweetener: If you do not have diabetes you need not worry about sugar, provided you don't take too much, or don't exercise enough. That said, Splenda would not hurt you. ...Read more

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Are there some fruits that have a high enough fiber content, so that the fruit sugar carbs don't get quickly digested (trying to avoid a sugar high)?

Are there some fruits that have a high enough fiber content, so that the fruit sugar carbs don't get quickly digested (trying to avoid a sugar high)?

Glycemic index: Berries, cherries, apples and pears are all "low glycemic index" forms of fruit. They are also nutrient dense and must still be balanced out with heart healthy protein foods such as nuts. Combining a starch with a higher protein food can slow the uptake of simple sugars and reduce the glycemic load. If you are a diabetic be very careful with portion size. Even low glycemic foods can inc glucose. ...Read more

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Are some artifical sweetners healthier/preferred over others during pregnancy? Is it better to have sugar?

Are some artifical sweetners healthier/preferred over others during pregnancy?  Is it better to have sugar?

Limited data: There is very limited information to suggest that artificial sweeteners are dangerous for pregnancy. If you are concerned and not diabetic, natural sugar is probably the safest alternative. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are all sugar substitutes sugar free ?

Can you tell me, are all sugar substitutes sugar free ?

Sugar free: Yes, there are sugar free substitutes. Many nearby stores should be able to help you, or you may have family and friends who point you in a different direction. Either way you wlll do well and stay that way! ...Read more