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Declare War On Sugar- TypeFree Diabetes

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Declare War On Sugar!

Declare
War on Sugar

By now, most of you know that we eat and drink way too much sugar. The
high sugar levels that we eat  cause obesity, diabetes, dental
cavities,  and other health issues.  Sugar is the enemy!

These
high sugar levels are found in our juices, sodas, snacks, sauces like
barbecue;Sugar in Coke make your own long list.  There
are so many ways to eat sugar, that most of us cannot stop. And, that’s
because food manufacturers and marketers understand that our brains go
crazy over sugar.  Some of us cannot control our desire to drink and eat
sugared foods.

There are many
problems with sugar:

  • Sugar has no nutrients for our
    bodies.
  • Sugar is processed very quickly by our bodies,
    causing us to feel hungry very soon.
  • Our brains love
    sugar. When we eat sugar our brains rewards us by releasing “dopamine”  a
    chemical that makes us feel very good.  This leads to a sugar high
    followed by a sugar low. This causes us to eat more sugar and calories.
  • Sugar
    contains 4 calories per gram. That may not sound like much but, the
    drive, thanks to advertising and marketing we eat and drink more sugared
    foods quickly adding up the calories that helps to cause obesity.
  • Sugar
    sweetened sodas drunk by the average American has grown by roughly 500%
    from 1950 to the present.  These Americans add around 500 calories per
    week from sugared drinks.
  • Sugar is so cheap, it can be
    used as a flavor-filler at low cost.  To make matters worse, the
    American government gives the corn-industry subsidies that keep the
    sweetener cheap.
  • Sugar lobbyists have pushed the
    government for decades to allow Stevia, a natural low calorie sweetener
    from being sold in the U.S.

While many of us are enjoying the
low cost of sugar, there is a long term price we will pay in the near
future – Obesity, diabetes and a life-changing set of diabetes
complications.

Sugar War
Strategy Tactics

We must declare war on sugar to reduce the
amount of non-nutritional calories we eat.  This war is serious – this
is life and death struggle.  Our survival and the health of our children
is at stake.   According to the CDC:

  • 2007:  71,382 people
    died from diabetes complications.  
  • In 2005, many
    diabetics suffered amputation (underestimated by the CDC):
    • Toes
      amputated- 2,300
    • Below the knee amputation  –
      1,200
    • Foot amputated – 700
    • Above
      the knee amputation – 600
  • We have to develop a
    new relationship with sugared foods.  Sugared foods can no longer turn
    us into mindless zombies who eat sugar without control.

Many
State and City government are planning to charge 1 to 2 cents per ounce
of sugared drink. This equals to $0.68 for a 2 liter bottle of soda.
This money can pay for medical bills for the people who eat  too much
sugar. The government can help the cause by cutting sugar, and corn
subsidies which keep the price of sugar and corn syrup artificially
low.  Higher sugar prices will cause manufactures to use less and people
to eat less sugar.
More of us, and especially diabetics have to
reduce sugar in our diet by:Stevia - TruVia Brand

  • Eat foods with less sugar in them. 
    Read the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods. There is a lot of info
    on carbs, sugar, and dietary fiber.
  • Substituting sugar
    with natural low calorie sweeteners  like Stevia brands like, Purevia©,
    Truvia©, and many sugar alcohols.
  • Substituting  sugar
    with artificial low calorie sweeteners like Splenda©, Equal©, and Sweet
    ‘N Low© (although I would not use Equal© or Sweet ‘N Low©.)

Sugar War Tactics
Fight a war
against sugar that will last a lifetime. We must identify  friend and
foe to insure we win. To win this war we need to always be aware of
which foods contain high sugar levels.  We must view some companies as
the enemy.  These are the companies that add extra sugar to our foods.
They are not focused on our good health. They are focused on selling
more sugar for profit; More calories,
body fat, and diabetes for us and more sales, and profit for them
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Guidelines for Artificial Sweeteners

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Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial Sweetener: Debunking the Myths

There were controversies encircling artificial sweeteners over the last 30-years, it is generally utilized by dieters to reduce calories, diabetics to reduce carbohydrates and food producers to meet the needs of their consumers……Read more…

Fructose and Sucrose Mythbusters

Fructose and sucrose are two very common types of sugar that play a huge role in the average person’s diet. Fructose is found naturally in fruit, such as apples, watermelons, and bananas. Sucrose is found in most sweet processed foods, such as candy, cookies, and..Read more…



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Replace Sugar with Artificial Sweeteners

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Artificial Sweeteners List

Artificial Sweeteners List

There are many artificial sweeteners for people with diabetes to choose.  As far as people with diabetes are concerned, the purpose of artificial sweeteners is to safely replace sugar (sucrose). Replacing sugar with chemicals that do not raise diabetics’ blood sugar safely is all that matters.

If an engineering process was used to change elements of a sweetener at the molecular level, then you can call the result artificial. A manufacturing process starts with sugar and runs it through a series of engineering processes and creates sucralose (Splenda). That is an artificial sweetener that tastes and acts like sugar without effecting a person’s blood sugar.

The Different Types of Natural and Artificial Sweeteners
Diabetics use several types of sweeteners as sugar alternatives. These sweeteners are sometimes natural, such as Stevia and fruit juice. Other sweeteners are man-made, such as Aspartame (as-per-teym) and Splenda. Different sweeteners are often used in different ways. For example, Aspartame is frequently used in diet beverages whereas Splenda is most often used in prepared foods and by the teaspoon. Read more… 

Artificial Sweetener: Debunking The Myths
There were controversies encircling Artificial Sweetener over the last 30-years, it is generally utilized by dieters to reduce calories, diabetic to reduce carbohydrates and food producers to meet the needs of their consumers…  Read more…

High Fructose Corn Syrup
Utilization of High Fructose Corn Syrup has sharply risen in the USA since 1970s. It has become the primary sweetener found in carbonated drinks, plus it’s widely used in manufactured food because of its sweetness, consistency and additive qualities….  Read more…



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All Types of Herbs

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All Types of Herbs

All Types of Herbs

Goldenseal

Goldenseal is a plant that grows wild in parts of the United States but has become endangered by overharvesting. With natural supplies dwindling, goldenseal is now grown commercially across the United States, especially in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Read more…

Valerian

Valerian is an herbal plant, which is considered as native to Europe and Asia; it is also found in areas in North America. The roots of valerian (underground stems) are typically used to make health supplements, such as capsules, oral tablets, liquid medicines, and teas. Read more…

St John’s Wort

Common Names–St. John’s wort, hypericum, Klamath weed, goat weed.  Read more…

Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto grows in the southern United States. Common Names–saw palmetto, American dwarf palm tree, cabbage palm. Read more…

Red Clover

Like peas and beans, red clover belongs to the family of plants called legumes. Red clover contains phytoestrogens–compounds similar to the female hormone estrogen.  Read more…

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a plant that is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for a variety of ailments, especially liver problems.  Read more…

Licorice Root

Most licorice is grown in Greece, Turkey, and Asia. Licorice contains a compound called glycyrrhizin (or glycyrrhizic acid).

Common Names–licorice root, licorice, liquorice, sweet root, gan zao (Chinese licorice)   Read more…

Kava

Kava is native to the islands of the South Pacific and is a member of the pepper family.

Common Names–kava kava, awa, kava pepper

Latin Names–Piper methysticum  Read more…

Horse Chestnut

Horse chestnut trees are native to the Balkan Peninsula (for example, Greece and Bulgaria), but grow throughout the northern hemisphere. Although horse chestnut is sometimes called buckeye, it should not be confused with the Ohio or California buckeye trees, which are related but not the same species. Read more…

Hawthorn

Hawthorn is a spiny, flowering shrub or small tree of the rose family. The species of hawthorn discussed here are native to northern European regions and grow throughout the world.  Read more…

Green Tea

All types of tea (green, black, and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant are steamed to produce green tea.  Read more…

Ginkgo

The ginkgo tree is one of the oldest types of trees in the world.

Common Names–ginkgo, ginkgo biloba, fossil tree, maidenhair tree, Japanese silver apricot, baiguo, bai guo ye, kew tree, yinhsing (yin-hsing)   Read more…

Ginger

Ginger is a tropical plant that has green-purple flowers and an aromatic underground stem (called a rhizome). It is commonly used for cooking and medicinal purposes.  Read more…

Garlic

Garlic is the edible bulb from a plant in the lily family. It has been used as both a medicine and a spice for thousands of years. Read more…

Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed is the seed of the flax plant, which is believed to have originated in Egypt. It grows throughout Canada and the northwestern United States. Flaxseed oil comes from flaxseeds.  Read more…

Feverfew

Originally a plant native to the Balkan mountains of Eastern Europe, feverfew now grows throughout Europe, North America, and South America.  Read more…

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose is a plant native to North America, but it grows in Europe and parts of the Southern hemisphere as well. It has yellow flowers that bloom in the evening. Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid. Essential fatty acids are required by the body for growth and development, and must be obtained from the diet. 
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European Mistletoe

European mistletoe is a semiparasitic plant that grows on several types of trees in temperate regions worldwide. Where the term “mistletoe” is used in this fact sheet, it refers to European mistletoe. (European mistletoe is different from American mistletoe, which is used as a holiday decoration.)   Read more…

Ephedra

Ephedra is an evergreen shrub-like plant native to Central Asia and Mongolia. The principal active ingredient, ephedrine, is a compound that can powerfully stimulate the nervous system and heart.  Read more…

Echinacea

There are nine known species of echinacea, all of which are native to the United States and southern Canada. The most commonly used, Echinacea purpurea, is believed to be the most potent.  Read more…

Dandelion

Dandelion greens are edible and a rich source of vitamin A.

Common Names–lion’s tooth, blowball

Latin Name–Taraxacum officinale   Read more…

Cranberry

Cranberries are the fruit of a native plant of North America. These red berries are used in foods and in herbal products.

Common Names–cranberry, American cranberry, bog cranberry

Latin Name–Vaccinium macrocarpon  Read more…

Chasteberry

Chasteberry is the fruit of the chaste tree, a small shrub-like tree native to Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. The name is thought to come from a belief that the plant promoted chastity–it is reported that monks in the Middle Ages used chasteberry to decrease sexual desire.  Read more…

Cat’s Claw

Cat’s claw grows wild in many countries of Central and South America, especially in the Amazon rainforest.

Common Names–cat’s claw, u̱a de gato

Latin Names–Uncaria tomentosa, Uncaria guianensis  Read more…

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is a plant native to North America.

Common Names–black cohosh, black snakeroot, macrotys, bugbane, bugwort, rattleroot, rattleweed

Latin Names–Actaea racemosa, Cimicifuga racemosa   Read more…

Bilberry

Bilberry is a relative of the blueberry, and its fruit is commonly used to make pies and jams. Bilberry grows in North America, Europe, and northern Asia.  Read more…

Asian Ginseng

Asian ginseng is native to China and Korea and has been used in various systems of medicine for many centuries. Asian ginseng is one of several types of true ginseng (another is American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius). An herb called Siberian ginseng or eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is not a true ginseng.  Read more…

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egyptian civilization, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. Read more…



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