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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 7-10-2015
Unhealthy eating concept...

The unhealthy eating concept…

Some foods on the market should not even be called foods because they are a mock-up. Many foods present with artificial preservatives, chemicals and added sugars and are far, far away from what a natural food looks like or tastes.

Your mission is to detect these artificial foods and the fake sugars they contain – and stay as far away from them as possible.

For example, imitation sugar #1 is corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a highly processed chemical added to foods. It has already been revealed in many research studies to cause metabolic disorder, pre-diabetes, worsen Type 2 diabetes, and help bring about many adverse effects in the body.

Let’s make this article interactive – go to your kitchen cabinet to start checking foods for corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. It is surprising to find the number of foods with these products in them. Next look for sugar words in the list of ingredients…

– invert sugar,
– turbinado sugar,
– maple sugar,
– brown sugar,
– molasses,
– syrups,
– honey, and
– agave.

It is a real shocker to find foods in your cabinet containing these ingredients. Then look for sucrose and fructose. Next look for fake sugars along these lines…

– aspartamine,
– aspartame,
– saccharine,
– xylitol,
– sorbitol,
– erythritol,
– sucralose, and
– mannitol.

Energy Drink CanMake sure you check foods such as condiments – ketchup, mustard, teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. Don’t forget to check tomato and pasta sauces, dried fruit, soda, gummies, granola bars, canned fruit and any energy drinks.

 Check your cabinets and let us know what you find! Find out more in our next blog – we’ll discuss the topic, “Why Should I Remove High Fructose Corn Syrup From My Diet?”


Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

A Diabetics Guide to Choosing Alternative Sweeteners and Sugars

A Diabetics Guide to Choosing Alternative Sweeteners and Sugars
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 18-2-2014

Many that condemn sugar for its negative effects on health seem to prefer to suggest in its place people consume an alternative sweetener. But the truth is alternative sweeteners can be just as bad for you as sugar, if not in some cases worse.

Do you know which alternative sweeteners are better for your health than sugar? If not, read on as I try to break it down to help you have an easier time when choosing.

The following is a list of common sugars and sweeteners, their glycemic index (GI) and other important factors to consider when choosing all types of the sweet stuff:

Maltodextrin – This sugar has a very high-GI rating of 150. Which means it is deadly for a diabetic.
Glucose / Dextrose – This type of sugar also has a considerably high-GI of 100, which is the same as white bread.
High Fructose Corn Syrup – This alternative sweetener has a GI of 87, and is more damaging to the body than even table sugar.
Corn Syrup – This alternative sweetener has a GI of 75, which means if table sugar has negative effects for a diabetic (see below), then corn syrup definitely will.
White / Refined Table Sugar – This sugar has a GI of 65, which is considered on the high end of the spectrum with the worst effects to blood sugar coming from foods in this range. Most table sugar comes from plantations that are Genetically Modified, and is often so refined there are hardly any nutrients left, and it can also cause mineral depletion.
Refined Honey – This type of honey has a high-GI of 75 due to how much processing it has been subjected to, which sadly makes it no better than sugar on blood sugar levels which is what matters at the end of the day.
Evaporated Cane Juice – Has a lower-GI than white sugar but it is still refined and lacking nutrients which is why we eat  food – not just for a sweet kick!



Raw Honey – This type of honey is completely different to the refined honey and unpasteruised and less processed types (such as Manuka), and can be as low as 50 on the GI charts. Plus they have most of their amazing nutrients intact.
Coconut Palm Sugar – With a GI of 35, this nutrient rich low-GI sweetener that is acquired from the flowers growing on coconut trees, makes a much better alternative to white sugar, even for baking.
Agave Nectar – Although it has a low-GI of 30 and the agave plant itself is full of health benefits, sadly due to the amount of processing the common store bought agave syrups have been subjected to, makes them not much better for your health than regular white table sugar. Use sparingly.
Xylitol – A sugar alcohol with a GI of 7 making this a much better option for keeping blood sugar levels stable –  but again please use it sparingly as most brands of Xylitol are GMO and it could cause an intestinal issue.
Stevia – Finally, we reach the cream of the crop in terms of alternative sweeteners, as Stevia has a GI of 0! This sweetener is also 200 to 300 times sweeter than white sugar so use it sparingly for this reason only!
Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame, Sucralose) – Whilst these too have a GI of 0, they are by no means good for your health, as all artificial sweeteners are toxic and have demonstrated causing weight gain and kidney stones.

I hope this guide has been informative and you feel much more informed when going shopping for sweeteners or sugars of any kind. Stevia and coconut sugar are the clear best choices for your blood sugar level and overall health.

Remember the key to working out what amount suits you is to pay attention to how you feel after consuming the different types of sweeteners on offer and to go sparingly with most types, as even if they are low on the GI scale and demonstrate the ability to be gentle on your blood sugar – they still may be doing damage to your health in other ways.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Mountain Dew: The Next Diabetes Inducer?

Mountain Dew: The Next Diabetes Inducer?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 17-4-2013

Mountain Dew soda pop was created in 1948. The slogan that went with this beverage out to the public was “It’ll tickle yore innards.” Tickle? If you can feel a tickle, it might be damage on a molecular level you are feeling. Some people are very sensitive and can feel much more going on in their body than others can.

With ingredients in Mountain Dew such as carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, orange juice concentrate, citric acid, sodium benzoate, caffeine, gum arabic, brominated vegetable oil, erythorbic acid and yellow dye #5, it’s not hard to see why kids develop ADHD symptoms.

Research studies show yellow dye #5 causes ADHD-like symptoms. The legend is Mountain Dew is linked to shrunken testicles and/or penis size as well as lowered sperm count, yet officials at the company report that it’s an urban myth.

One 12 oz can Mountain Dew has 46 grams carbohydrates. Diet Dew has 0 grams but what are the artificial sweeteners and are they linked to pancreatic dysfunction?

No one knows. Eight ounces of Mountain Dew Baja Blast with Tropical Lime has 30 grams carbohydrates and 12 oz of Voltage rings in at 45 grams. The aspartame used has been linked to all types of health disorders, as mentioned in previous blog posts.

Is Mountain Dew or Diet Dew meant for diabetics? No, not at all. Stay away from these dastardly drinks and regain your health. Even if all you did this week for your health was eliminated these types of soft drinks, you would be taking a big step towards regaining your health and reversing damage already done.

5 Soda Pops Revealed: They Are Your Worst Beverage Choice If You’re Diabetic

5 Soda Pops Revealed: They Are Your Worst Beverage Choice If You’re Diabetic
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 11-4-2013

What’s in Coca-Cola that gives it such a high carbohydrate content? You’ll never know their secret recipe because it’s kept under lock and key by top Coca-Cola officials.

What we do know is that the primary ingredient is either high fructose corn syrup or sucrose, both linked by many health experts as a culprit in causing diabetes. The latest studies of high fructose corn syrup link it directly to obesity, gout, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

Other ingredients include caramel color, caffeine, phosphoric acid, lime extract, vanilla, glycerin and coca extract. The taste of Coca-Cola is really a mixture of six flavors: vanilla, cinnamon, orange, lemon, lime and nutmeg. The glycerin is kosher, which makes Coca-Cola a kosher drink, but only when high fructose corn syrup is used instead of corn syrup sweetener (not kosher). Coca-Cola makes sure it offers the true kosher variety for Passover.

Phosphoric acid is enough of an acid to dissolve teeth and bones. Caffeine has its own set of problems.

Kosher or not, Coca-Cola gets a thumbs down for diabetics.

Pepsi-Cola has been around since 1898 and may have been a tool in political schmoozing. Khrushchev and Vice President Richard Nixon visited the Moscow’s World’s Fair in 1959 and sipped on small cups of Pepsi-Cola while they solved world problems.

One 12 oz can Pepsi-Cola contains 38 grams carbohydrates.

Diet Pepsi was sweetened with aspartame but in December 2012, began adding acesulfame potassium to the aspartame. Aspartame is a walking time bomb for your health.

That list again of the top 5 drinks in the year 2010 is below:

1. Coke
2. Diet Coke
3. Pepsi
4. Mountain Dew
5. Dr. Pepper

More soon…

Why the Top Beverages in the U.S. are not Suitable for Diabetics

Why the Top Beverages in the U.S. are not Suitable for Diabetics
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 10-4-2013

I’m sure you have heard the dietitians in the various hospitals tell you you can eat ANYTHING as a diabetic; it’s just a matter of how much you eat.

Do you really believe that?

If diabetes is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism, then why are dietitians still telling people it’s okay to eat starchy vegetables, a dessert, non-starchy vegetables, fruit juices, protein or breakfast bars, and muffins, pancakes, waffles or processed foods?

All these foods are high in carbohydrates and if you read their labels, you will find awfully high levels of carbohydrates.

So if carbohydrates are essentially poisons to diabetics, why are we allowing our taste buds to rule us? Why aren’t we standing up and telling ourselves, “I will not eat you. You make me sicker!”

Let’s examine the top 5 drinks in the year 2010. Here’s the list:

1. Coke
2. Diet Coke
3. Pepsi
4. Mountain Dew
5. Dr. Pepper

Oh, and by the way, if you look at the top 10 beverages in the same year, there are four diet sodas in the list. That’s twice as many as what was on the Top 10 list in 2000.

Coca-Cola goes back generations to 1886 when your great, great-grandparents were possibly drinking it. In fact, Coca-Cola got a boost in its ratings when the astronauts took it with them and sipped it while in outer space. Hey, now that’s cool, you may think.

With 39 grams carbohydrates in a 12-oz can, Coca-Cola and Coke Classic are double trouble for diabetics. Coca-Cola Classic isn’t any better at 27 grams per 8 fluid ounces and Cherry Coke is the worst at 70 grams carbohydrates for a 20 fluid ounce bottle.

Diet Coke wasn’t created until nearly 100 years later – in 1983. It’s been popularized by Frank Sinatra, Lady Gaga, and even President Bill Clinton.

Diet Coke contains aspartame, the problematic artificial sweetener that creates methanol when heated. The methanol has been linked to all sorts of odd reactions including migraines, brain tumors, instability in gait, mood disorders, and more.

The older generation took a liking to Diet Coke. They may have been a little more carbohydrate-minded because 12 oz. diet coke has 0 grams carbohydrates as does diet coke lime, diet coke plus, cherry coke zero (20 oz).

Other Coca-cola products are not so innocent either. Mr. Pibb in a 20 oz can provides 104 grams carbohydrates and Sprite in a 12 oz can has 37.42 grams. Classic Caffeine-free Coca-Cola is 39 grams per can, Thums up is 30 grams per bottle, Vanilla Coca Cola is 70 grams carbs per bottle or 42 grams per can. Even a mini can of Classic Coca-Cola rings in at 25 grams carbohydrates.

This information can really burst your bubble if you’re a soft drink lover, so we’ll stop right here for now and pick up the topic tomorrow. This might give you time to drink up your last cans…