The excellent website Authority Nutrition has an interesting article looking at the dangers of so-called “healthy” sugar-based sweeteners and why they are as bad – or even worse – than normal sugar. Here are extracts of six in particular they flag up to be wary of…
1. Agave Nectar
Agave nectar (often called Agave syrup) is a very popular sweetener in the natural health community.
This sweetener is touted as a healthy alternative to sugar because it has a low glycemic index…
But the harmful effects of sugar have very little to do with the glycemic index and everything to do with the large amount of fructose… and Agave is high in fructose…
Gram for gram, agave nectar is actually much, much worse than regular sugar.
2. Raw Organic Cane Sugar
…Do not let the name deceive you… this is just sugar.
Organically grown sugar is still sugar and whether it is “raw” or not doesn’t make any difference…
For all intents and purposes, raw, organic cane sugar is completely identical to regular sugar.
3. Evaporated Cane Juice
…Don’t be fooled by the name… evaporated cane juice is just a fancy name for sugar.
This is plain deception by the food manufacturers, done in order to hide the true sugar content of foods from the consumer.
4. Brown Sugar
When sugar is made, molasses form as a by-product.
Sometimes, after the sugar has been refined and processed, small amounts of molasses are added back into it.
This gives the sugar a brown color and it is then called brown sugar.
Molasses are about 50% sugar, but they also contain a small amounts of minerals (14).
Put simply, brown sugar is regular sugar diluted with a slightly less unhealthy, less concentrated sugar…
5. Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar is derived from the sap (sugary circulating fluid) of the coconut plant.
The manufacturing method is very natural… it simply involves extracting the sugary fluid, then allowing the water to evaporate…
Due to the slightly smaller amount of fructose than sugar, and the tiny amounts of fiber and nutrients, you could say that coconut sugar is less unhealthy than regular sugar, gram for gram.
However… being “less unhealthy” than sugar does NOT make it healthy.
It is about 80% sugar, by weight (19).
Like coconut sugar, honey is “less bad” than regular sugar.
But again… being less bad than sugar doesn’t make it good…
Read the full article from Authority Nutrition at: 6 Healthy Sugars That Can Kill You
According to Dr Mark Hyman, high fructose corn syrup is the real driver behind our current epidemic of obesity, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. As well as being a huge source of ‘hidden sugar’ – especially fructose – it contains mercury and other contaminants and is a marker of poor quality, processed food…
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This is from Dr Hyman:
…In America today, we are eating huge doses of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. In recent history, we’ve gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar per person per year (in the form of fruit) to about 150 pounds of sugar per person per year. That’s a half pound a day for every man, woman, and child in America.
Sugar at that dose is a toxin. And high fructose corn syrup is the worst toxin…
See more from Dr Hyman at his UltraWellness YouTube channel