Posts Tagged ‘sweetener’

Agave Nectar: Healthy or Hype?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Agave nectar has been marketed as a natural and healthy alternative to common table sugar and is becoming a popular ingredient in many so called health foods. Unfortunately, many of the marketing claims associated with agave nectar aren’t true, and it’s arguable that this trendy sweetener actually poses more of a health risk than the sugar that it’s used to replace.

Given the health concerns associated with sugar and its tendency to cause weight gain, many people are going out of their way to avoid it. Those who are conscientious about their health are less likely to use artificial sweeteners, and as a result, are more likely to be influenced by the misleading marketing that depicts agave nectar as a healthier and more natural alternative to table sugar. Although agave nectar is commonly found in health food stores and is an increasingly common ingredient in so called health foods, this is by no means an indication of its safety or nutritional quality.

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Why Splenda isn’t so Splendid

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

If you’re using Splenda and think it’s a safe alternative to sugar, there’s some alarming information you need to know!

Splenda is an artificial sweetener that has become very popular based on it’s origin from sugar, and more notably, the claim that it has zero calories. Splenda also goes by the chemical name of sucralose. The simple fact that Splenda even has a chemical name should be the first sign of danger.

A Frightening Similarity to Outlawed Pesticide DDT

Sucralose is produced by replacing three oxygen-hydrogen groups of a sugar molecule with chlorine atoms. Based on this addition of chlorine, sucralose is a member of the chlorocarbon family of chemicals which are known to cause damage to organs, genes, and the reproductive system in addition to causing a host of other smaller problems.

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Stevia: Why the FDA isn’t So Sweet

Monday, January 12th, 2009

The makers of Pepsi and Coke recently received FDA approval for their new stevia based PureVia and Truvia sweeteners. While this may sound like good news, it only signifies the hipocrisy and corruption of the FDA.

Stevia is a genus of plant commonly found in South America. The extract of one particular species of this plant, rebaudiana, has been used as a natural sweetener in South America for over 1,000 years and in Japan since the 1970s. It has no calories, has no effect on blood sugar, and is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar. For a long time, stevia has been highly regarded in natural health circles as an excellent and natural alternative to sugar.

The Ban

In 1991, based on controversial research, the FDA banned the use and import of stevia in America. Under pressure, the FDA later revised their policy in 1995 to allow the use of stevia, but only under the regulations of a dietary supplement.

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