Today's Daily Challenge Wednesday Mar. 12, 2014
Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.
Learn about sugar alcohols in food.
How to do it
Visit the website of the American Diabetes Association at http://www.diabetes.org/foo... and learn about common sugar alcohols and their pluses and minuses.
Why it matters
Long gone are the days of just a few sugar substitutes - now food manufacturers have nearly a dozen sweeteners to choose from when creating their products. Becoming familiar with the names of the sweeteners can help you identify them on a nutrition label. Knowing their pros and cons allows you to make a more informed choice about your food.
The Archies' 1969 pop song "Sugar, Sugar" reached the top of the singles chart in four parts of the globe: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and South Africa.
- Sue K.Flourishing
Second the website had a bit non-factual information. It said these sugar alcohols did not contain alcohol. That was very naughty to say. Yes, they are sugar alcohols. They wouldn't be called this if they didn't belong to the alcohol class of chemicals (which are a type of organic compounds that contain a hydroxyl group, -OH).
So DC it would be helpful if you refered us to information that was factual as well as you good selves provide factual information.
- Roy M.LeafingLevel 269
- Michael W.GrowingLevel 286
I've definitely done a lot of reading up on this subject in the past and it's way more complicated than you think. We know that sugar is a big no no but it comes in many different forms depending upon which part of the world you live in. People look for alternative sweeteners and may wind up using one of a multitude of artificial sweeteners which contain all sorts of wonderful chemicals, many of which are actually petrochemical derivatives. If you are looking for an "alternative" sweetener you could try stevia which (so far) seems ok.
The big problem is that the reason sugar is bad for you is because it is 50% fructose which is simply not meant to enter the human body and is directly responsible for an increasingly impressive list of increasingly common (once rare) maladies. And you are "addicted" to it! The tragedy is that so many folks think they can find an alternative by using other "natural" sweeteners like honey or agave syrup unaware that these can contain even more fructose than the table sugar they are trying to avoid. In fact agave syrup has fructose in its most concentrated form.
The basic fact that everyone, especially everyone in the food industry, is attempting to deny the fact that sweetness is itself supposed to be a danger sign.
- Leonie F.BranchingLevel 90
I do not particularly like these sweeteners. Was astonished to read all the chemical names. I never buy the "sugar free" or "light" version because Iam pretty sure that sugar is replaced by another ingredient that may be even more harmful. So I stick to my green tea an when I want to indulge in sweets I choose good quality chocolates and freshly baked (Or home made) pastry or cake.
- Maryann R.Flourishing
I get this one ....
You mean like ..
Cape Brandy Tart...
Rum Baba's ...
Sherry Trifle ...
Boeuf Bourgignon ...
Champagne Sorbet ... I have sooooo got this one ...
Morning Diva's ...Barcelona is looking good :-)
- Smitha S.BlossomingLevel 46
Wow, this one was useful. I'd never heard of sugar alcohols before. But prompted by today's challenge, i looked up the sweetener used in the "sugarfree" biscuits that i regularly consume.. Turns out they contain sucralose and since i've been worried about artificial sweeteners, i looked that up. Apparently it's splenda and there are several recent studies that warn about safety issues related to splenda - look at the following link:
So am going to cut back on those sugarfree products i consume. Sigh. What are the other options?
Lyn C. replied March 12, 2014 at 6:43 UTC: