Sugar and sweeteners

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Sugars Matter – Margaret Moss explains how. March 2016

BSEM Conference – Sugar.... the Brain, the Microbiome and Cancer – October 2015

What is stevia and what are its health benefits? Article in Medical News Today December 2014

The demand for stevia grows and grows. October 2014

56 names for sugar – are you eating more than you know? October 2014

Artificial sweeteners could hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease by changing the composition and function of the gut microbiota. September 2014

Fructose intolerance, including FODMAPS – Dr Janice Joneja September 2014

Sugar, fat, food and addiction: mental health and obesity implications – a public health crisis. FABResearch conference. Notes on the presentations by Michelle Berriedale-Johnson. July 2014

Over view of sugar substitutes from Dr Mercola - What's safe and what is not. October 2013

What's so bad about agave syrup? The arguments.
July 2012

What type of sugar addict are you? Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Beat Sugar Addiciton Now, has along article in the November 2010 Townsend Letter outlining the four types of sugar addiction.
November 2010

Fructose – the good, the bad – and the malabsorbed...  Michelle Berriedale-Johnson explains September 2010

Agave syrup worse than High Fructose Corn Syrup. A lengthy article on the Dr Mercola site suggests that far from being the natural sap from the agave leaf, agave syrup is a highly processed, often contaminated product of the starchy bulb of the plant, and is 80% fructose, 30% more than High Fructose Corn Syrup. March 2010

The Honey Trap – Many 'natural' alternatives to sugar bill themselves as low GI and healthy. Catherine Quinn discovers which products genuinely deliver. 2009

Lengthy, telling and scary video on aspartame and its health implications

The Alliance for Natural Health has no time for the artificial sweetener, sucralose, especially under its brand name of Splenda. August 2009

Micki Rose's low glycaemic load, gluten-free, dairy-free diet: fed up with continually cobbling together diets for her food sensitive patients, she has finally written a diet plan – Micki Rose 2008

Sweet Sensations: Enter the chocolatey world of Liz Bygrave and discover some interesting desserts and ingredients that can be consumed by people with diabetes and candida, without fear OR guilt! – Cressida Boyd 2008

Problems with the Glycaemic Index: Many people rely on the Glycaemic index for monitoring their diet, however it is not always a reliable measurement – Margaret Moss 2006


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Research Reports

US Government study finds that 65% of breast milks sampled contained artifical sweeteners. August 2015

Sugar intolerance in Inuit populations linked to specific gene. January 2015

Stevia - side effects and possible allergic cross-reactions with chrysanthemums, marigolds, ragweed or daisies. New Health Guide. December 2014

Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota. October 2014

Are artificial sweeteners a hidden trigger of Inflammatory Bowel Disease? September 2014

Artificial sweeteners more weight-promoting than sugar. Rats fed the synthetic sweeteners saccharin and aspartame, gained more weight than those given sucrose (table sugar), even at similar total caloric intake levels. October 2012

High fructose corn syrup damages not only the liver but the brain, effecting learning ability and memory.May 2012

How fructose can cause obestiy and pre-diabetic metabolic syndrome. Abstract here.
Febuary 2012

Mouse studies suggest that sugar alone could cause behavioural or mental illnesses.
December 2010

Try Xylitol for ear infections.

High fructose consumption can increase the risk of gout.
January 2008

Fake sugar may alter how the body handles real sugar
December 2009

High levels of mercury have been found in popular drinks, breads, cereals, breakfast bars, yogurts and soups containing high-fructose corn syrup
Febuary 2009

Artifical sweeteners which evade sewage treatment may contaminate drinking water
June 2009

While not admitting that there are health problems associated with the aspartame, Coca Cola and PepsiCo are introducing new stevia-sweetened products, so they have something to fall back on if / when the general public find out about the dark side of aspartame.
December 2008

Agave nectar
January 2007

Xylitol – more than just a sweetener
January 2007

New research review on aspartame is accused of bias and using 'junk science' - read the rebuttal here
September 2007

More questions about the safety of aspartame
June 2007

Children and Aspartame
June 2007

Scientists believe that high dietary fructose contributes to the development of metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that predict heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
December 2008

Healing properties of natural sugars
Febuary 2007

First Published in Febuary 2007


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