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How Diet Foods & Drinks Can Cause Diabetes

Many people equate eating sugar with the development of type 2 diabetes, and in an attempt to be healthier choose sugar substitutes for their diets instead. What may people don’t realize is that those diet products actually contain substances that cause an increase in fasting blood glucose levels and contribute to the onset of diabetes. Aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) are two additives which are often put in everyday foods to enhance flavor and reduce calories and the evidence is stacked against them both.

Research has shown that aspartame alone can cause an increase in fasting blood glucose levels and reduced insulin sensitivity. MSG, which is added to 80 percent of all flavored foods, excites the part of your brain that's in charge of your fat metabolism and storage, and has even been shown to scar the hypothalamus gland, inducing what is known as hypothalamic obesity. But when both Aspartame and MSG get together, they become partners in crime and cause an elevation in both weight and fasting glucose levels.

The amino acids in aspartame literally attack your cells, even crossing the blood-brain barrier to attack your brain cells, creating a toxic cellular environment of overstimulation called excitotoxicity. This is largely due to the unnaturally high ratio of this amino acid resulting in relatively dangerous levels. MSG is also an excitotoxin, and works synergistically with aspartame to create even more damage to your brain cells.

Consumer must exercise caution, as many mass-market foods contain both aspartame and hidden MSG – the perfect combination for diabetes development.

Healthy, natural, sugar substitutes that you should use are Xylitol and Stevia. Xylitol is naturally occurring in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat on a daily basis. Once extracted and processed it yields a white, crystalline granule that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. It’s good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Stevia is a non-caloric herb that is native to Paraguay.  It is extremely sweet, and is also commonly known as sweet leaf, or sugarleaf. As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar. You can get stevia in many forms, including fresh stevia leaves, dried leaves, stevia extracts and liquid concentrates. Stevia extract, which is a white powder, that looks similar to sugar, is approximately 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar (by weight), so much less is needed when using it as a substitute.


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