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Sucanat Vs Stevia
Stevia: Stevia is a natural sweetener derived from the Stevia plant. It has been used for over 1500 years by the Guarani people of South America. It is 150 times sweeter than glucose. Many brands of stevia contain undesirable chemicals. "Sweet Leaf" (Amazon) is pure stevia. Stevia contains no calories. Splenda is not a natural compound. There has been some concern it may cause adverse health effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Is stevia, splenda, or nectresse (erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, molasses) or aspartame safe during pregnancy?
Generally yes: There is no specific problem w/aspartame in pregnancy according to the nih. It does not cross the placenta, and is not a risk to you unless you have phenylketonuria - a rare genetic disorder. However, it is always prudent to limit all meds, supplements and the like during pregnancy except as instructed by your ob>. ...Read more
Neither: Neither is "better". Both are acceptable, especially in moderation. Sugar only has 4 calories/gram, so you really don't ingest that many calories from eating pure sugar -- rather from eating foods high in calories, particularly fats. Sugar calories, however, are "empty" calories because they contain no nutrition. ...Read more
Artificial sweeteners like splender aren't good so what type of sugar do u recommend truvia is good but it has erythritol and stevia extract nat flav?
Stevia is the best : Stevia is the best sweatener.Get a more detailed answer ›
Im using stevia in the raw as a sweetener. It contains dextrose and stevia leaf extract. Is it a healthy choice for diabetics?
Check blood sugars: Sweeteners even from plants can raise your blood sugar. The best way to see how you react to stevia or other sweeteners is to monitor your blood sugar closely 1-2hours after ingesting it. This will give you the best idea of the effects it has on you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A certified organic himalayan honey stats 14g carb/100g & no sugar.Can honey really have no sugar?If true,replace honey2 sugar?Chk tinyurl.com/pjeqdqr
For type 2 diabetes, are these good :
erythritol based "zero wholesome sweetner"
also, which artificial sweetner do you recommend?
Type 2 diabetes: Your goal for type 2 diabetes is to get rid of it!. Yes, that is true! Please set up an appointment with a diabetes educator and work to get rid of your diabetes before too long. If you are overweight start working to get rid of it and also the diabetes. Please let me know how things are getting better. ...Read more
Are there any real benefits to herbs/supplements vs some over-the-counter drugs? Ie: melanin vs diphenhydramine, peppermint/catnip vs tylenol (acetaminophen)?
Absolutely: Let's clarify - over-the-counter drugs (otcs) are virtually the same medications as prescription ones except that they've been granted the freedom to be sold without prescription due to their "benign" profile. Supplements are not medications in and of themselves. They are more or less "naturally" derived preparations that are used for the same purpose as meds. Some of them can be as effective too. ...Read more
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I add 1 teaspoon of ceylon cinnamon powder to oats cereal everyday.Heard coumarin in cinnamon affects liver. Is my intake of cinnamon safe quantity?
YES-ceylon form safe: There are 2 forms of cinnamon, Ceylon (called true cinnamon),which has little coumarin,and Cassia,which has higher amounts of coumarin which in large quantities can cause liver damage in a subset of those who are sensitive. I can't find any info on whether 1 tsp of Cassia is considered a large quantity, but there's absolutely no reason to worry about Ceylon cinnamon.See http://tinyurl.com/cwmgeeh ...Read more
Dose: When you are using an oregano supplement, you are taking a lot more, and in a more concentrated version, than you would generally eat. ...Read more
For enjoyment: Regular teas and typical herbal teas, made from usual tea leaves, are for people to enjoy. The caffeine level is usually low, so teas are not too stimulating. A tea-drinker can try different teas and decide for herself what she likes most. Flavoring additives like mint or anise are in the teas in small amounts, so should not have a noticeable medicinal effect. Avoid adding too much sugar to tea. ...Read more
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