Reprinted with permission from Amy Tenderich of www.diabetesmine.com. Splenda vs. Equal vs. Sweet & Low... Which is the lesser of evils? I've noticed that lately, at least in California, restaurants and cafes now fill their ramekins with ALL THREE PRODUCTS, so patrons can choose their poison . I often stare long and hard at those yellow, baby blue and pink packets, wondering "should I be choosing on taste (who can tell the difference?) or based on some important health concern?" What's in them, anyway? I made a special stop at Starbucks yesterday (not nearly as eventful as Kerri's !) to grab three fresh packets and check it out: SPLENDA: sucralose EQUAL: dextrose with maltodextrin, aspartame SWEET & LOW: nutritive dextrose, calcium saccharin, cream of tartar, and calcium silicate (an anti-caking agent) (Check out a brand new book on the "sweet and sour" scandals behind the Cohen family Sweet & Low Empire, by the way) From what I read, it's all pretty crappy for ...
Imagine a world where you don't crave sweets after dinner. Can't do it? Neither can I. So, I recently started body-building training seriously with a personal trainer... and one of the first things he asked me to do was keep track of the food I ate for three days. So I did -- and I was honest about it. I wrote down the Hershey's chocolate I ate on Thursday and the low-fat ice cream I ate on Friday and Saturday. When I handed him the food diaries, he took one quick look at it and I saw his eyebrows rise. "Chocolate?" A short pause as he read further. "Ice cream?" Apparently, chocolate isn't on the list of muscle-building nutrition choices... go figure. I knew this would be the beginning of the end of my sweet tooth satisfaction. Body building or no body building -- I've dreamed of ignoring my sweet teeth for many years. Being diabetic, I...
Our mouths are key to diabetes control. And not just what we put in them. How
would you like to reduce your A1C level by 0.67 percent -- like from
6.67 to 6.0 -- without putting less in your mouth or even increasing
your exercise? This third type of A1C control may be the easiest ever. Research
presented at last month's Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes
Association that I attended in San Francisco made this point. Dr.
George Taylor, associate professor of dentistry at the University of
Michigan, reported there on recent studies demonstrating the
association between periodontal problems and the complications of
diabetes. He spoke in the first symposium ever by dentists to ADA
meetings. As long ago as 1993 we have known from the research of Professor Harald Löe
that periodontal disease is "the sixth complication of diabetes." And
now a new analysis of the First National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey (NHANES I) and its Epidemiologic Follow-up Study (NHEFS)
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