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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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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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Not So Sweet Sugar Substitute Additives Causes Political Battle!

Not So Sweet Sugar Substitute Additives Causes Political Battle!
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 30-4-2010

When you are a diabetic, you’re told to stay away from sugar. You’re also led to believe that sugar substitutes are better for you. Think again!

Sucralose goes by the name Splenda. Splenda isn’t really as close to the sugar molecule as the manufacturers want you to think. They’ve added chlorine to sugar, not in one molecular location, but three. Tests prove that the thymus gland shrinks from Splenda … and kidney/spleen swelling occurs as well. Kidney calcification and liver enlargement have also been tied to its use.

Chlorinating any compound almost always results in problems for the human body. Chlorine can easily substitute for iodine in the body because chlorine has the same number of valence electrons as iodine. This can account for some of the reasons why chlorine is linked to thyroid dysfunctions.

Whenever researchers report negative findings against a product, you can expect push-back from a different group of researchers. Now that we know it’s common practice for big multinational companies to hire public relations firms to protect their best interests, we also know it’s important to keep digging for who’s behind some of the research. We have to keep an open mind to find the truth.

One of the most recent research reports I’ve read on Splenda is a fine example of push-back. The “experts” decided to argue against new negative reports on Splenda. In fact, they even went the distance and called the title of their article, “Expert Panel Report on a Study of Splenda in Male Rats.”
The original study that reported the negative effects was reported in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Researchers tested granular Splenda, the same type of Splenda that humans would use in their cooking or food consumption patterns.

They found that the microbial flora in the rat gut was affected negatively, decreasing beneficial probiotics. It also increased cytochrome P450 enzymes and a protein that may interfere with nutrient and drug absorption.

Now here’s where you can see right through the words on the page and uncover the political battle. The “experts” who were condemning the researchers’ study wrote:

“An Expert Panel conducted a rigorous evaluation of this study. In arriving at its conclusions, the Expert Panel considered the design and conduct of the study, its outcomes, and the outcomes reported in other data available publicly. The Expert Panel found that the study was deficient in several critical areas and that its results cannot be interpreted as evidence that either Splenda, or sucralose, produced adverse effects in male rats…… .The study conclusions are not consistent with published literature and not supported by the data presented.”

This writing is filled with words that indicate a consumer should be suspicious about its validity. Did you notice how they kept repeating that they were an Expert Panel? Who made them the Grand Master Experts? They were actually an independent research group located in Bumpass, Virginia 80 miles from the capital.

The words, “not consistent with published literature” are a slap in the face to any researcher who is searching for the truth. The experts imply that if no one else reported something in the past, it can’t possibly be true. How closed-minded can they get?

If you’re diabetic, all you want is the truth.

The truth about sugar substitutes or alternatives is that often these products are accompanied by a political and financial agenda and they are man made. And they cause harm to the body!