Written by Dr Harold Gunatillake –Health writer
Natural sugar in excess in any delicious food like ice cream, fruit salads, pudding and cakes, among others, can turn 'poisonous' in your body. It contains extra calories, cause stress on insulin secretion from the pancreas gland, adds to your weight problem, and partly becomes dependant on it- that 'sweet tooth' you refer to. People are in search of sugar substitutes, and there is many of it. Which one will you choose to be compatible with your taste buds?
Some of these artificial sweeteners are:
Most people having weight problems seem to start on artificial sweeteners to drop a few calories. For most people diet tend to fail due to a lack of self-control and the desire to indulge oneself, and the most' trigger food' that contain excess calories are foods high in sugar content. Artificial sweeteners seem to provide people trying to watch their figure with an escape for their sweet tooth. On the other hand, artificial sweeteners may lead to weight gain and abnormal insulin response when consumed according to some studies on rats.
Natural sugar contributes to weight problems. Each gram of regular table sugar contains 4 calories. 12 ounces can of a sweetened cola contain 8 teaspoonfuls of added sugar, or about 130 calories. So, one of the appealing aspect of artificial sweeteners, being non-nutritive, is that you would not put on weight, virtually has no calories.
But according to the National Cancer Institute in US and other health authorities there is no sound scientific evidence that any artificial sweeteners approved for the use in US. cause cancer or other serious health problems.
Studies have been conducted on the safety of several artificial sweeteners, including saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, neotame, and cyclamate.
High Fructose corn-syrup
It is obvious that beverages sweetened with high fructose corn-syrup may contribute to obesity, if regularly consumed. It is advised to limit its consumption.
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a calorie-providing sweetener used to sweeten foods and beverages, particularly processed and store-bought foods. It is made by an enzymatic process from glucose syrup that is derived from corn. A relatively new food ingredient, it was first produced in Japan in the late 1960s, and then entered the American food supply system in the early 1970s. HFCS is a desirable food ingredient for food manufacturers because it is equally as sweet as table sugar, blends well with other foods, helps foods to maintain a longer shelf life, and is less expensive than other sweeteners. It can be found in a variety of food products including soft drinks, salad dressings, ketchup, jams, sauces, ice cream and even bread. In Sri Lanka, it is a common site on the way-side hotels to boil fresh corn and given to eat as a meal. - has low calories and a good substitute to fill the stomach a healthy substitute to rice.
Sucralase have been known to impair the functioning of thyroid glands. Additionally, artificial sweeteners are recognized by the body as foreign substances and are therefore metabolized differently, making your liver and kidney function more than they would normally do.
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