Last Modified on Oct 05, 2014
Sweetness is not a sin! However, too much of a good thing can really cause havoc on your entire body and damage all aspects of your health. Some medical experts would even like to designate sugar as a toxin, in line with alcohol and tobacco! And people in the Earth Clinic community who have had their health and their lives turned upside down by Candida, Diabetes, Cancer, and other conditions that thrive on sugar would whole-heartedly agree.
Natural sweeteners, thankfully, are not all equal. Some natural sugar alternatives are much lower in calorie content and seem to have no discernible negative effects on human health, unlike the artificial sweeteners that so often metabolize into toxins within the body.
So what is your natural sweetener of choice, or what should it be? Check out our natural sweeteners forum for the community's view on whether stevia, honey, molasses, blue agave nectar, xylitol, or some other natural sugar alternative should be your sweetener of choice!
Is agave a safe sweetener? If and when my husband and I use any kind of sweetener it is blue agave.
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Wb, Nj, Usa
03/03/2013Posted by Tootie (Georgetown, Cayman Islands) on 01/08/2010
[YEA] I have no sugar in my house and over 30 years ago I threw out all white sugar when I read many reports of how bad it is for you health.. It is bleached for God's sake. Why would anyone want to put bleach in their bodies? Since turning to honey and maple surup I found I no longer had "spikes" in my blood sugar and fatigue also.
Now another product that I have found that is really good, no spikes, no fatigue and sweetens without much taste, is agave. Agave, a syrup, is made from a certain type of cactus and the South American Indians and Mexicans have been using it for decades. Just a little goes along way. No turning back from it.
EC: Unfortunately, some agave products have been found to contain maple syrup or corn syrup...
Read this October 27th article in the WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704335904574497622806733800.html
Approval Ratings SIDE EFFECT (1) 100% Posted by Diana (Grand Junction, Co) on 03/21/2010
[SIDE EFFECTS] My first experience with Erythritol I tried a test package (1 teaspoon) i liked the taste after a minute i felt the tingle then i remembered reading about that cooling effect and was ok with that. About 3 mins later my mouth was extremely dry i could not produce enough saliva to replace what was gone and also just after that was a very numb sensation which i didn't like at all except maybe if i needed to numb a sore gum or tooth. All in all i am a bit alarmed at the intensity of the experience. I probably should not have tried it neat but still. The next day my tummy hurt too and i normally don't have any trouble with it at all. Am i just weird or has anyone else experienced this too. the only other thing i am sensitive to is alcohol wondering if that might have something to do with it. Would appreciate some feed back if you have some to offer.Replied by Meredith
Hollywood, Md, Usa
06/26/2013Posted by Bradshad (North Providence, Rhode Island) on 04/06/2013
I there any acceptable gum I can chew once a day while dealing with yeast issues. I was told from ND that is was not candida but I have yeast going on and was wondering how to fix a sweet craving so I figured I could chew a piece of gum from time to time. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance, Brad.Replied by Joy
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Gabrielle (Pottsville, PA) on 12/14/2008
[YEA] I found your site just a couple days ago and I'm already touting it everywhere I go! Just wanted to add that (REAL) Maple Syrup is an excellent source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. It also has trace amounts of PP (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B2 (Riboflavin), Folic Acid, B6 (Pyridoxine), Biotin, Vitamin A, and amino acids. It's a wonderful and healthy alternative to refined sugar! I see where many posts include the use of honey, but Maple Syrup seems to be taking a back seat to it here.
Keep up the great work here (I've learned so much the past two days - Thanks!) and I'll keep telling everyone I know about your site! :)Posted by Rashed (Toba Tek Singh, Punjab, Pakistan) on 03/07/2013
Molasses of cane: molasses is a very good substitute of honey with respect to its nutritional benefits.Posted by K.Lynn (Mt. Healthy, Ohio) on 01/05/2009
this question is about a couple of sweetners I googled-erythritol,and rebiana. I can't tell what's hype and what's not. thank you to whomever answers.
Approval Ratings YEA (1) 50% WARNING! (1) 50% Posted by Pamela (Coloma, MI) on 05/24/2007
[YEA] This maybe of interest to everyone as Stevia is from a plant. So is Saccharin, or Tolu Balsam Tree.
sweetness was accidentally discovered by Ira Remsen, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, and Constantine Fahlberg, a research fellow working in Remsen's lab. In 1879, while working with coal tar derivatives (toluene), Remsen discovered saccharin's sweetness at dinner after not thoroughly washing his hands, as did Fahlberg during lunch. Remsen and Fahlberg jointly published their discovery in 1880. However, in 1884, Fahlberg went on to patent and mass-produce saccharin without ever mentioning Remsen. Fahlberg grew wealthy, while Remsen merely grew irate. On the matter, Remsen commented, "Fahlberg is a scoundrel. It nauseates me to hear my name mentioned in the same breath with him". Saccharin was an important discovery, especially for diabetics. Saccharin goes directly through the human digestive system without being digested. It does not affect blood insulin levels, and has effectively no food energy.
The name toluene was derived from the older name toluol that refers to tolu balsam, an aromatic extract from the tropical American tree Myroxylon balsamum, from which it was first isolated. It was originally named by Jöns Jakob Berzelius.Replied by Nsgrace2
Approval Ratings YEA (5) 50% WARNINGS! (2) 20% SIDE EFFECTS (3) 30% Posted by Laurie (IL) on 10/05/2014
[WARNING!] I read in the COPD section of Earth Clinic, I believe, about all or most STEVIA having Maltodextrin added and the dangers of it. I have COPD severely and have to use a powdered steroid that costs me out of my own pocket because I don't have insurance 350.00. I'm suppose to use this 3 times a day but I milk it the best I can and have had a miserable existence for almost two years now. After reading about the maltodextrin I got my stevia out and sure enough! I stopped using it and only use raw honey now in my coffee and I have only had to use the steroid one time since. I breath much much better now and only now have to use my nebulizer twice a day and only a few puffs.. I feel much much better!!! One of the side effects of maltodextrin, I read online, is BREATHING DIFFICULTIES!Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
10/05/2014Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/07/2013
[SIDE EFFECTS] my spouse loves the stuff but I ate 2 packs friday and 4 on saturday, I normally don't eat it. I took a turn for the worse in my health . ?@%$<# First it felt like I was in the ocean and waves were washing in and out DIZZINESS :(
next day felt a little NAUSEA and had to step up on papapa and betafood, last night I got extremely BLOATED and drank some cranberry juice in the middle of the night. Then I felt TINGLING when I went to lay down last two nights and my ears were RINGING.....:() I woke up with a dry mouth and I drink water in the right amounts for my weight and I felt like my BLOOD SUGER was out of balance. I haven't eaten any junk food in at least 4 days. NOTHING. I don't have high or low blood sugar normally.
Since friday I had to increase the dose of my meds to keep my MUSCLE PAIN symptoms from overwhelming me. Last night was monday and woke up with high blood pressure 135/98, dry mouth , panics and had to call 1-800- 759- 0700 prayer line for help. Finally calmed down but didn't get any sleep. Still feel sick today! My blood pressure is normally at 100/70 ish and my heart was racing.
I'm glad this works for some people and helps their symptoms.... Please be careful... I just assumed since spouse loves it for years on end it would be okay. NOT
A website has all these as side effects for STEVIA. I may need to take some baking soda today in water and neutralize this stuff.Replied by Kathy
05/08/2013Posted by Mimi (Apache Junction, Arizona) on 06/26/2011
Hey from Arizona, Does anyone have information about Stevia? I have been using this "natural" sweetner instead of sugar and I wondered if there was something negative about it. It's inexpensive, and not overly sweet, so I'd like some feedback on it. Thanks!!Replied by Jenstamp