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.
- Mare M.LeafingLevel 245
Today's Challenge: Learn about sugar alcohols in food.
www.diabetes.org Understanding Carbohydrates
Sugar alcohols are one type of reduced-calorie sweetener. You can find them in ice creams, cookies, puddings, candies and chewing gum that is labeled as "sugar-free" or "no sugar added." Sugar alcohols provide fewer calories than sugar and have less of an effect on blood glucose (blood sugar) than other carbohydrates.
Examples of sugar alcohol are:
Glycerol (also known as glycerin or glycerine)
hydrogenated starch hydrolysates
Even though they are called sugar alcohols, they do not contain alcohol.
Foods with low- or reduced-calorie sweeteners can have fewer calories than foods made with sugar and other caloric sweeteners. That can be helpful if you're trying to lose weight or even to prevent weight gain. These products often times also have less carbohydrate which can be helpful in managing blood glucose levels.
Low-calorie sweeteners are useful for adding extra flavor or sweetness to your food, with few if any extra calories. In addition, these sweeteners are useful for reducing calories and carbohydrates when used instead of sugar in coffee, tea, cereal and on fruit. You can experiment with your own recipes to include low-calorie sweeteners.
When you're considering foods with low- or reduced-calorie sweeteners, always check the Nutrition Facts on the label. Many of the food products containing these types of sweeteners still have a significant amount of carbohydrate, calories and fat, so never consider them a "free food" without checking the label. By comparing the calories in the sugar-free version to the regular version, you'll see whether you're really getting fewer calories.
You'll also want to compare the fat content of the labels. There is often more saturated and or trans fat in sugar free baked products.
Sugar alcohols can have a laxative effect or other gastric symptoms in some people, especially in children.
Some people prefer to use the regular version of a food and cut back on the serving size instead of buying the sugar-free version. Consider price as well. Sugar-free versions often cost more.
- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/foo...
- Gina L.Flourishing
Learn about sugar alcohols in food
I reviewed the information...
I personally feel that using real sugar and just reducing the amount used is better and safer than using the processed, chemical, artificial sweeteners.
At times, I use sugar and cut way back on it when I do. Other options I often use instead of sugar... Honey, Stevia (an herb that is as a natural sweetener) or Agave Nectar.
I also cook from scratch so I can control the amount of sugars in our foods.
Something to consider...
Often when a product removes something, whether fats, sugars, salt, etc... they replace or add additional of the other things (fat, salt or chemically produced sweeteners) to make it palatable.
So if a product has reduced sugars, it is usually higher in fat and often the bad type of fat.
Sugar-free items also usually cost more than the regular counterpart.
I worked for a Veterinarian years ago... He and his wife decided to lose weight, they cut out sugars and ate low-fat foods and yet packed on the weight... the products they ate (mostly processed foods), were higher in bad fats to compensate for the lack of sugar.
So even though it was considered a low-fat food and sugar-free... it was counterproductive in their efforts.
They weighed less when they ate the normal fare.
If one cooks from scratch, you have the ability to control all aspects of your dishes (sugar, fat, salt, and keeping it preservative and chemical free).
A good rule of thumb when it comes to processed foods... reduce your usage of processed products in general and for the ones you decide to use, if it contains things you don't recognize or can't pronounce, it is best to avoid it.
The best way to eat is... whole, fresh foods from a variety of colors out there. : )
Have a wonderful day All!! : )
- Marian M.BlossomingLevel 298
Interesting..don't you think? Better living through chemistry? I just try to eat things that I understand, like fruits and vegetables. Last night I had some great asparagus...now we're talking! It tasted so wonderful. What are you going to have today?
Thank you Linda! Did the geese honking wake you up on time today? Hopefully they didn't leave an extra surprise :)
Have a wonderful day friends! Make someone happy with your smile :)
- Shirley B.SproutingLevel 206
This is good to know. I eat what I want to eat in moderation and do not like diet, low fat, etc. foods. In fact, I do not like too many snacks. But I do like my ice cream with all the fat and sugars.
I keep telling my kids I do not need any sweetener because I am sweet enough! Good day to all!