Sweeteners

Stop Using Sweeteners

If you want to live a long, healthy life, do this one simple thing…

Stop using sugar and artificial sweeteners.

That’s it. It’s really that simple.
I don’t recommend consuming any artificial sweeteners. However, you should know that all of them have some dangers

Aspartame, a main ingredient in Equal, is a common sugar substitute found in ice cream, diet soda, mints, hard candy, and chewing gum. And yes, it’s dangerous… Aspartame increases inflammation, damages healthy gut bacteria, and causes headaches. It also lowers your sex drive.
Saccharin is in artificial sweeteners like Sweet’N Low, as well as low-calorie or zero-calorie foods like jams, salad dressing, sugar-free gum, and many “diet” processed foods. Research shows saccharin disrupts gut bacteria and leads to high blood-sugar levels. It even causes you to gain weight compared with healthier, higher-calorie alternatives.
Sucralose is the sweetener in Splenda. Like sugar, sucralose causes a rapid increase in blood sugar. Elevated blood-sugar levels trigger the production of fat, increase inflammation, and raise blood pressure.

Stevia, is a natural, plant-based sweetener. It’s in brand-name sweeteners Truvia and Pure Via.
A study from the University of Florida points out that stevia helps reduce blood-sugar spikes after eating. It also increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, meaning you can better control the breakdown of sugar in your body.
But we don’t recommend stevia, either…
The problem with stevia is its effect on blood pressure. Some research suggests that stevia lowers your blood pressure. This leads to dangerous levels if you’re already on medication that lowers your blood pressure.

Meanwhile, genuine white sugar , is one of the “white killers” that regular readers know to avoid at all costs. (Other big ones include white rice and white flour.) White sugar triggers chronic inflammation. And we know that contributes to things like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Stick to fruit for your sugar fix. The fiber in the fruit helps to slow the absorption of sugar… And you’ll get all the health benefits of fruits, too.
Personally, I also like to satisfy my sweet tooth by using raw honey as a sweetener.

White or Brown Rice

White or Brown Rice

White rice is simply brown rice stripped of the outer layers (husk, bran, and germ). These parts contain most of the benefits of rice… like soluble fiber. The rice is then bleached to enhance the white color. In other words, white rice is brown rice without most of its nutrients. That’s why we recommend that if you’re going to eat rice, go for brown rice.

Eat Fat

Researchers from Harvard found that people who ate bad fats – especially trans fats –lowered their life expectancy. Researchers followed about 125,000 people over the course of 30 years. What they found was that, when measuring calorie intake, every 2% increase in the amount of trans fats that people ate corresponded with a 16% higher risk of early death.

However, they also found the more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats people consumed, the lower their risk of early death. This is why eating the right kind of fats is critical.

There are three main types of fats:

  • Unsatured fats
  • Saturated fats
  • Trans fats

Unsaturated fats are the easiest for us to break down they allow enzymes to get in and break down the fat more easily. They occur in natural foods. There are good fats in olive oiland omega 3 and 6 families.

Saturated fats occur both naturally and chemically. Natural like avocados. Chemically like margarine. Do not cut out foods like avocados, whole milk, red meat, and cheese just because of the saturated fats.

Trans fats. Just plain terrible for you. Most are man made. They are difficult for your body to break down and they put your immune system into overdrive.