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Health Canada NOW says: "Avoid Sugar Substitutes!" but U.S. Won't Do So Because of Corporate Manipulation of FDA

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Silverblaze 20 hours ago

There's no known health benefit to eating mustard on your hamburger, either, but a lot of people think it makes the mustard taste better. And there's no health reason to put cheese on every sandwich a restaurant serves--in fact, given the fat content of most cheese, there are reasons not to eat so much of it. But just try telling people to eat a plain hamburger instead of a cheeseburger.

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As the article states: "Research suggests that stevia and monk fruit, the natural sugar substitutes, are safe for human consumption, though it's not clear that they lead to weight loss." We also ran this article recently: click here

SusanBAfromResistanceville 10 hours ago

using stevia doesn't cause me to lose weight

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There's a good reason for that: the plethora of science studies showing that Stevia interferes with fat-burning processes, especially lipolysis. Stop using it without adding sugars, and though your weight might not shrink much, your waistline will.

Priceofcivilization 21 hours ago

As you consume less sugar, and don't replace it with a chemical taste that is a poor imitation, one tastes the flavor of the food more. Slowly (over a year or more) you get to where a very sugary food is almost painful, or at least unpleasant because you can't taste the food.

I went through a similar change in perception when I went from premium ice cream with the highest levels of fat to sorbets and gelatos. Now I want as much fresh flavor as possible, and not too much thick fat as a sludgy barrier between the food and my taste buds.

I would only consider soft drinks if they cut the sugar by 50%-75% so I could taste the cola or ginger. And they can't replace the sugar with a chemical, just let me enjoy the flavor.

capsfan16 21 hours ago

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I'm glad to see a dietary guideline that doesn't recommend sugar substitutes. I'm with Canada - if there's no benefit, there's no reason to endorse a food group. That way it's easier to think of sweet (or processed) foods as occasional treats rather than daily staples.

LaurenK 21 hours ago

One of the things this article strongly seems to suggest is that *how* people use artificial sweeteners matters. If you're legitimately using them in place of actual sugars, the risk seems mitigated. Since it is specifically mentioned that most users (who have the associated risks) are NOT replacing sugars but are instead adding these artificial ones in, wouldn't it be necessary to establish a control group of those who ARE using them as recommended in order to actually determine if there are risks? And yes, I've definitely seen the people who order diet soda so they can double up on something else, but there's a very important missing answer to a question that doesn't seem to be asked here--specifically "Are people who are making the most use of artificial sweeteners ALSO engaging in other unhealthful habits that could increase their risk for disease?" It's not unlike the guidance from a few years back suggesting that people who didn't see dentists regularly were at more risk for cardiac disease. This is *true* but it's not due to an innate dental/cardiac connection. It's due to the fact that people who neglected their teeth were more likely to be neglecting other aspects of their health as well. The reason this strikes me is "off" is because it's missing a big second part. It doesn't mean it's not true or correct, but it's going to be hard to PROVE it without that additional information.

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Sometimes hard ball consumer protection efforts bring good results, particularly in other nations with a healthy skepticism of the US, like Canada in this case, like Pakistan when it banned Monosodium Glutamate less than a year ago, and with all of the nations which have banned Roundup/Glyphosate, the latest of which is Vietnam.


However, industry is savvy; one nations bans it and they promote it in others, in this case, Bangladesh, one of the poorest nations in the world. Check out this video puff piece/news item about their poison "gaining popularity. The lawsuits on Roundup/Glyphosate will have a deadly effect world wide on Bayer/Monsanto, let me assure you....




Ajinomoto seasoning gains popularity in Bangladesh - ANI News Dhaka (Bangladesh) Jan 4 (ANI): The Ajinomoto Group produces and sells various seasonings and processed foods in more than 130 countries and regions ...
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My reaction to Aspartame was huge, and I didn't know it was in the product I used.packaged Kraft instant ice tea.When I wrote Kraft, they referred me to Monsanto, and Monsanto referred me to FDA approvals of tests I later learned they did themselves. Sugar was the first item on the 'contents' list, so I looked no further for artificial sweeteners, the last item on the list. Now I wonder, is that what's producing all these autistic kids? Pregnant women don't like the weight gain associated with the condition, so my first guess years ago was the lack of sufficient cholesterol to produce healthy brains in the fetus. But I do recall the first packet of sweetener I ever read, and it cautioned those who did not absolutely need it from using it. Saccharine. I hated the taste, and like birth control pills, also suspect I thought, of getting a little too close to meddling with a basic bodily process, I decided to pass. When a friend of mine stopped taking them to have a second child, she went into menopause at 28 years. I believe this and other large scale medical mistakes is behind the suspicion that vaccines may also be quite harmful in subtle ways that will take their inventors by surprise.

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Yes, you are right. The FDA sealed the teratology studies that were part of the Bressler Report. Go to www.mpwhi.com The last chapter of "While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills by Dr. Woodrow Monte, is on aspartame and autism: se.com/general96/asparautism.html The FDA didn't even have the decency to add a pregnancy warning when studies showed spina bifida and neural tube defects, cleft palate, etc. Read the Aspartame Resource Guide on www.mpwhi.com and it will give you a lot of the information you need. All my best, Betty

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