Natural Sugar That Won’t Spike Your Blood Sugar
An old friend called me earlier this week to say, “My blood sugar is going higher and higher. Even though I’m taking the medical drug that my doctor had prescribed, it isn’t helping. It used to help earlier on, but its not helping now. The doctor wants to put me on insulin. I hate taking a stronger drug and having to deal with its side effects. What can I do?”
I said, “You can start by dishing out your regular sugar (refined white table sugar) and artificial sweeteners (Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, Splenda) and instead use natural sugars that won’t spike your blood sugar.” He then asked, “Is there really such a thing? I was not told about it before. My doctor is so busy prescribing drugs to me that he doesn’t inform me of these things.” he groaned.
Why Is Refined Table Sugar Bad for You?
Of all the foods consumed today, refined table sugar is one of the most harmful. Refined sugar contains no fiber, no minerals, no proteins, no fats, no enzymes, only empty calories.
What happens when you eat a refined sugar? Your body must borrow vital nutrients from healthy cells to metabolize the incomplete food. Calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium are taken from various parts of the body to make use of the sugar. Many times, so much calcium is used to neutralize the effects of sugar that the bones become osteoporotic due to the withdrawn calcium. Likewise, the teeth are affected and they lose their components until decay occurs and hastens their loss.
Sugar also makes the blood very thick and sticky, inhibiting much of the blood flow into the minute capillaries that supply our gums and teeth with vital nutrients. Therefore, we wind up with diseased gums and starving teeth.
Diabetes is another commonly known disease caused by sugar as well as a high fat diet. Diabetes is caused by the failure of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin when the blood sugar rises. A concentrated amount of sugar introduced into the system sends the body into shock from the rapid rise in the blood sugar level. The pancreas eventually wears out from overwork and diabetes then rears its ugly head.
Hypoglycemia occurs when the pancreas overreacts to the large amount of sugar in the blood and releases too much insulin leaving one with the “tired” feeling as the blood sugar level becomes lower than it should be.
Artificial Sweeteners Are Harmful Too
There are a number of artificial sweeteners in the market today such as NutraSweet and Equal (aspartame), Splenda (sucralose), Sweet ‘N Low (saccharin). Unfortunately, they all have negative health consequences.
Aspartame based artificial sweeteners have been identified to trigger migraines, hypertension, candida, tooth decay, heart palpitations, joint pain and insomnia. Sucralose based artificial sweeteners symptoms include intestinal cramping, bloating, tinnitus, rashes and gum bleeding. Saccharin based artificial sweeteners are known to cause bladder cancer in rats.
These artificial sweeteners may make you gain weight, crave even more sugar, increase the risk of diabetes, mess with your gut microbes, disrupt hormonal balance, and may increase the risk of stroke and kidney disease.
The Solution – Use Healthy Natural Sugar Instead
Throw away your refined table sugar and artificial sweeteners. Here are 2 healthy natural sugar you can use instead.
1. Stevia Plant
Stevia is an herb, originally from South America. It has been used as a sweetener and medicinal herb in various cultures around the world for centuries but has only gained modern popularity in recent years.
It is naturally very sweet and considered 100 to 200 times sweeter than sugar, but it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels like sugar and other artificial sweeteners do. This is especially good news for people with diabetes and others who need to manage their blood sugar levels.
Stevia products also might help with weight loss. That’s because not only is stevia many times sweeter than sugar — so you need to use very little — it’s also calorie-free.
One 2010 study of 19 healthy, lean participants and 12 obese participants found that stevia significantly lowered insulin and glucose levels. It also left study participants satisfied and full after eating, despite the lower calorie intake.
And according to a 2009 study, stevia leaf powder may help manage cholesterol. Study participants consumed 400 milliliters of stevia extract daily for one month. The study found stevia lowered total cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and triglycerides with no negative side effects. It also increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
Although stevia is considered safe for people with diabetes, make sure you pick the right brand. Some Stevia brands contain dextrose or maltodextrin should be treated with caution. Also some brands of Stevia can have a bit of a bitter taste.
We have found the Sweet Leaf brand of Stevia to be the best tasting stevia around. If you like to try it, please click on the image below for more info. (Please note the item below comes in 4z oz containers of Stevia, which is a small quantity. We recommend getting 4 of these containers for regular home consumption)
2. Monk Fruit
Known as Luo Han Guo in its native southern China, Monk Fruit first found acclaim in the records of 13th century Luo Han Buddhist monks. The monks valued the inherent sweetness of the fruit and made it their mission to cultivate the vines through the centuries.
Monk fruit belongs to the cucurbit family, alongside the likes of squash, cucumber and watermelon. Fresh off the vine, the mini melons have a bitter outer rind encasing a sweet edible pulp and seeds.
Extracts of Monk fruit have been used as a sweetener in Asia for centuries. Monk fruit sweetener is said to be up to 200 times as sweet as sugar but contains no calories or carbohydrate and does not raise blood sugar.
Monk fruit contains powerful antioxidants called mogrosides, which are metabolized differently by the body than natural sugars. That’s why, despite their very sweet taste, these fruits contain no calories and have no effect on blood sugar.
There has been plenty of research into the potential antidiabetic effect of mogrosides found in monk fruit sweeteners. In one study, mogroside extracts from monk fruit administered to diabetic rats significantly eased symptoms and protected against biochemical abnormalities.
In another research, diabetic rats were fed monk fruit extract for 13 weeks. Those rats fed the monk fruit extract showed improved insulin response, along with reduced blood sugar levels after glucose administration and a reduction in oxidative stress caused by the diabetes. What’s more, the monk fruit group also showed signs of lowered kidney damage, a common symptom of advanced diabetes.
Yet another study showed that both crude monk fruit extract and mogroside V helped to stimulate the secretion of insulin in pancreatic beta cells.
We recommend the brand of Monk Fruit as shown below due to its taste and health effects. Click on the image below for more info and ordering instructions.