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  • I do not know how many of these sweeteers and sugar alternatives are available in Bim (when I come I will get all my sweetness from my JC) but let me make a few summary comments on the ppt..

    I know that saccharin was available in the late 80″s because I used it then. I used to add 8 tabs to 16 oz botlles of diluted Real Lemon diluted 1:16.

    Saccharin is safe. It does not accumulate in the body and is rapidly excreted in the urine.

    THE CONTROVERSY ABOUT SACCHARIN AROSE WHEN SUGAR PRODUCERS FEARED THAT IT WOULD BE A THREAT TO THIER BUSINESS.

    I have not personnaly used AcesulfamineK Neotame or Tagatose, but these have been reported to be safe and to be excreted unmetabolised.

    One disadvantage of Tagatose is that it causes flatulence (gas) rumblings and diarrhoea..

    Though used in South America for years there is some concern about Stevia in the US. I started trying it this week, but so far I do not like the taste.

    I will later discuss aspartame (sweet and low) and the sugar alcohols later.

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  • BTW David I like your introductory slide and your title.

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  • @GP

    People everywhere thank you for sharing on these matters.

    Let us face it people say they care about being health conscious but do they want to make the sacrifice to acquire the gains? People are hooked to the sweet taste and would rather lose a foot or succumb to the attendant ailments than make the required change.

    By the way, the alternatives to sugar in Barbados are expensive, there is another reason why it will not fly.

    What about honey?

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  • @GP, excellent slides, thanks.

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  • Honey is good David. But as far as I know its mainly fructose. Remember that fructose is an isomer of glucose and that glucose is converted to fructose 1 6 di P early in its metabolism. Fructose enters glycolysis at this point.

    David I have not had sugar in my home for over two years. And I have even cut out xylose.

    I know that expense is a major problem in buying some of these things at home, but BU as an informer of the people must inform our audience. Perhaps they can stock up on overseas trips.

    We need to know what is available and what is safe. We need to know that we should probably bea voiding aspartame (nutra sweet and sweet and low.)

    BTW the ironical thing is that xylitol can be extracted from the fibers of the sugar cane that we have been discarding for over three centuries, while we engage in our sugar production. May be this is a niche market we can exploit thereby maximising the yield from our sugar production.

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  • Though English is difficult I find slide in good taste..no? Advantage of using substitutes is no more pesky ants.. so people no need for clean up of counter after spill..no?

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  • @GP,

    Your presentation and sliades are excellent, especially for diabetics.

    That said, I think it worth mentioning, for ‘net yet’ diabetics and young people, that marginal use of sugar, if we expend energy sufficiently may not be bad, but abuse of sugar is.

    Here is a link for the amount of sugar in popular beverages, which we do not need. The link includes visual presentation, which really focuses the understanding, into just how ridiculous these beverages are.

    http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm

    Note that the ‘regualar’ 16 oz size of soad has in the equivalent processed sugar of 16 1/2 cubes!

    Would you put that in your tea or coffee at one sitting?

    @GP, You mention that the digestive process does not take up a lot of these alternates (per the slides), but does the liver not have to ‘clean these up’ from the system, thus putting unknown strain on that organ?

    Thanks.

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  • @ Crusoe
    Re You mention that the digestive process does not take up a lot of these alternates (per the slides), but does the liver not have to ‘clean these up’ from the system, thus putting unknown strain on that organ?

    —————————————————————–
    The liver can only deal with substances that reaches it.
    If a substance is NOT absorbed (or absorbable) it passes through the digestive system and ” goes out in the draught”. So it does not reach the liver.

    Re I think it worth mentioning, for ‘net yet’ diabetics and young people, that marginal use of sugar, if we expend energy sufficiently may not be bad, but abuse of sugar is.

    Abuse of sugar – a substance to which many are addicted- is definitely bad! But as you say we can burn off the sugar we take in by vigourous exercise or hard work. When as a society this was the norm in daily activity (riding bicycles, walking here and there) we easily burned our sugar intake quite naturally, with out thinking about it.

    But now we are generally less active (even the children) and taking in too much calories.

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  • GP you making me do a lot of reading these days and I am grateful for the good information you provide.

    I just bought a soursop nectar drink that says “made with evaporated organic cane juice”.

    GP would this be better than our normal cane sugar?Need your expert opinion.

    I found this at whfoods.org
    “Evaporated cane juice is a healthy alternative to refined sugar. While both sweetners are made from sugar cane, evaporated cane juice does not undergo the same degree of processing that refined sugar does. Therefore, unlike refined sugar, it retains more of the nutrients found in sugar cane.”

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  • Hants
    Man you don’t need any one’s expert opinion expert opinion on this one man don’t care how long you lef Bim, man
    You forget when as a boy you went to see them “evaporated organic cane juice?” You forget when John used to sell it at Kolij under the name of “mud”.
    I am sure that you wont let nobody fool you with such a stupid nutritional claim man.
    So this cant be better than our normal (brown) cane sugar? After all we does “evaporate organic (natural or original or plain cane juice” to make we brown sugar.

    Here is the nutritional claim as stated
    “Evaporated cane juice is a healthy alternative to refined sugar. While both sweetners are made from sugar cane, evaporated cane juice does not undergo the same degree of processing that refined sugar does. Therefore, unlike refined sugar, it retains more of the nutrients found in sugar cane.”

    This is BE because the REAL nutrients in sugar of any hue is sucrose i.e fructose and glucose combined. I doubt refining it to granulated or white sugar takes out much.

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  • @ Crusoe

    Please give sugar stack information on favorite fruit…sugar apple, now in season ..no?

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  • GP this is why I am careful when getting information from the net. People put up websites,eg (www.whfoods.org )make it look impressive and sometimes misinform the readers.

    btw I bought mud at supercentre last year. It did bring back memories of Kolij and John: NEXT!!!

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  • LOL Hants.
    Yes for boys who attended in the 60’s John was part of the institution not to be forgotten. And ice cold “mud” in crop season was part of the institution! LOL

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  • “The other Eastern Caribbean markets the company plans to have Wendy’s restaurants in are: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and Suriname.”

    Competition for Chefette and more work for the doctors in Barbados.

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  • Someone sent me this link just now
    http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/4-healthy-reasons-eat-salad-today
    Here is the article!

    Healthy Reasons to Eat a Salad Today
    Making one simple change to your diet – adding a salad almost every day – can pay off with plenty of health benefits.
    By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
    WebMD Feature
    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
    Have you had your salad today? Eating salad almost every day may be one of the most healthy eating habits you can adopt — and one of the simplest, experts say.
    Eating salads is a super-convenient way to work in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit. Green salads are on the menu of almost every restaurant. You can even buy a side salad (with Romaine lettuce, carrots and tomatoes, available with fat-free or reduced-calorie salad dressing) for a buck at many fast food chains these days. And you can make a green salad at home in 5 minutes, armed with a bag of pre-washed salad greens, a few carrots or other veggies, and a bottle of light salad dressing.
    Not only that, but salads are cool, crunchy, and fun to eat (lots of textures, colors, and flavors). Most people enjoy eating salads–even kids! You can customize them to include the fruits and vegetables that appeal to you the most, and whichever ones you have on hand.
    Here are four health reasons to reach for a salad today:
    1. Eat Salads for the Fiber
    It’s hard to believe that something we can’t even digest can be so good for us! Eating a high-fiber diet can help lower cholesterol levels and prevent constipation.
    Not only that, says Barbara Rolls, PhD, author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan, eating more fiber can help you feel fuller, eat less, and ultimately lose weight.
    2. Eat Salads for the Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
    Many experts agree that Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables (especially dark green and orange vegetables) and legumes — all popular salad ingredients. David Jacobs, PhD, professor of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, says in an email interview that there is plenty of evidence that nutrient-rich plant foods contribute to overall health.
    If you frequently eat green salads, you’ll likely have higher blood levels of a host of powerful antioxidants (vitamin C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and alpha- and beta-carotene,) especially if your salad includes some raw vegetables. Antioxidants are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
    For years, researchers have noted a link between eating lots of fruits and vegetables and lower risks of many diseases, particularly cancer. A recent study from the National Cancer Institute suggests that people whose diets are rich in fruits and vegetables may have a lower risk of developing cancers of the head and neck — even those who smoke and drink heavily. Foods found to be particularly protective include beans and peas, string beans, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, apples, nectarines, peaches, plums, pears, and strawberries.
    4 Healthy Reasons to Eat a Salad Today
    Making one simple change to your diet – adding a salad almost every day – can pay off with plenty of health benefits.
    (continued)
    3. Eat Salads to Cut Calories and Increase Satisfaction
    If losing weight is your goal, you may want to start your meals with a green salad. Studies have shown that eating a low-calorie first course, like a green salad of 150 calories or less, enhances satiety (feelings of fullness) and reduces the total number of calories eaten during the meal.
    Rolls, lead researcher of the study, suggests that “bigger is better” as long as the salad is bigger in volume, not in calories – which means more veggies and less dressing and other fatty add-ons.
    “We saw reductions in consumed calories when people ate salads that were 1 1/2 cups and 3 cups in volume but around 100 total calories,” she says. The 3-cup, 100-calorie salad reduced the total calories consumed at the meal by about 55.
    4. Eat Salads to Get Smart Fats
    Eating a little good fat (like the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado and nuts) with your vegetables appears to help your body absorb protective phytochemicals, like lycopene from tomatoes and lutein from dark green vegetables.
    A recent study from Ohio State University measured how well phytochemicals were absorbed by the body after people ate a salad of lettuce, carrot, and spinach, with or without 2 1/2 tablespoons of avocado. The avocado-eaters absorbed eight times more alpha-carotene and more than 13 times more beta-carotene (both of which are thought to help protect against cancer and heart disease) than the group eating salads without avocado.
    If you dress your salad with a little olive oil, there may even be some additional years in it for you. Italian research on people aged 60 and older has suggested that a diet that includes plenty of olive oil and raw vegetables is linked to reduced mortality.
    4 Healthy Reasons to Eat a Salad Today
    Making one simple change to your diet – adding a salad almost every day – can pay off with plenty of health benefits.
    (continued)
    3. Eat Salads to Cut Calories and Increase Satisfaction
    If losing weight is your goal, you may want to start your meals with a green salad. Studies have shown that eating a low-calorie first course, like a green salad of 150 calories or less, enhances satiety (feelings of fullness) and reduces the total number of calories eaten during the meal.
    Rolls, lead researcher of the study, suggests that “bigger is better” as long as the salad is bigger in volume, not in calories – which means more veggies and less dressing and other fatty add-ons.
    “We saw reductions in consumed calories when people ate salads that were 1 1/2 cups and 3 cups in volume but around 100 total calories,” she says. The 3-cup, 100-calorie salad reduced the total calories consumed at the meal by about 55.
    4. Eat Salads to Get Smart Fats
    Eating a little good fat (like the monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, avocado and nuts) with your vegetables appears to help your body absorb protective phytochemicals, like lycopene from tomatoes and lutein from dark green vegetables.
    A recent study from Ohio State University measured how well phytochemicals were absorbed by the body after people ate a salad of lettuce, carrot, and spinach, with or without 2 1/2 tablespoons of avocado. The avocado-eaters absorbed eight times more alpha-carotene and more than 13 times more beta-carotene (both of which are thought to help protect against cancer and heart disease) than the group eating salads without avocado.
    If you dress your salad with a little olive oil, there may even be some additional years in it for you. Italian research on people aged 60 and older has suggested that a diet that includes plenty of olive oil and raw vegetables is linked to reduced mortality.

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  • Not only sugar, simple carbohydrates like rice, bread also raise your blood sugar! Take more vegetables and grains as they are rich in fiber.

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  • Processed sugar replacement could be even worse than sugar. Try to raw and organic sugar instead.

    Take more vegetables and whole grains as they can improve blood sugar and insulin levels, helping the reduced the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. It is critical when it comes to your everyday healthcare.

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