Guide to Alternative Sweeteners

Which sugar substitute is the best?

Sorting through the myriad sugar substitutes doesn't have to be a confusing experience.
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Sorting through the myriad sugar substitutes doesn't have to be a confusing experience.

As is often the case in life, you don't get something for nothing — and sugar substitutes are no exception. Finding the "best" sugar substitute isn't just a matter of finding the best-tasting, least unhealthy option. In fact, what we found was that there wasn't really such a thing as "best" — perhaps, the more accurate way to put it would be that we found the "least bad" sweeteners, and which ones are "least bad" will differ from person to person depending on their goals and what sort of compromises they would be willing to make.

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So we enlisted the help of a diverse array of experts to help sort through the confusion. Shane Ellison is the author of Over the Counter, Natural Cures, which advocates natural medicine as the first line of defense against the leading major illnesses in America, including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Ellison holds a master's degree in organic chemistry from Northern Arizona University, where he specialized in drug design, and has 15 years of experience in the field. Ellison brings his invaluable experience and sheds light on the different alternative sweeteners from a scientific perspective.

Rachel Berman is a board-certified nutritionist affiliated with CalorieCount.com and member of the American Dietitian Association. She holds a bachelor's in nutritional sciences from Cornell University, and conducted her dietetic internship at North Shore LIJ Health System in Long Island, New York. Berman was kind enough to provide us with the pros and cons of each sweetener from the health perspective.

Last but not least, Andrea Frayser, author of Deliciously Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes and The Pennywize Vegetarian, and host of Healthy Cooking with Mama Renee, shared a few bits of advice on which sweeteners were "best" for certain types of cooking and why. She says that no matter which sweetener you choose, make sure to "give it a chance." Spend a few weeks using it in place of sugar to see if it really works for you and don't "yo-yo" back and forth between your substitute and table sugar.


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RichMurray's picture

methanol from aspartame, wood and cigarette smoke, and
many sources is made by ADH1 enzyme into formaldehyde
within cells inside walls of human blood vessels,
harming adjacent tissues, the WC Monte paradigm:
Rich Murray 2012.06.20

See WC Monte's two 1-hour video lectures May 2012
www.WhileScienceSleeps.com .

The 200 mg aspartame in a 12-oz can of aspartame drink
is 11% by weight methanol, 22 mg, which is soon released
from the GI tract into the blood, where quickly any tissues
with high levels of the ADH1 enzyme within the cells of
blood capillary walls and adjacent tissues, especially
liver, kidney, brain, retina, etc., in humans only, turn
the methanol into formaldehyde within these cells, which,
being highly reactive, quickly binds with and disables
DNA, RNA, and proteins inside the cells, causing cell death,
attracting macrophages (white blood cells), which also die,
creating durable, cumulative, evolving complex micro lesions.

This affects the fetus, as well, or not so well...

So, there are many resulting novel modern
"diseases of civilization" in humans only, for each type of
damaged tissue, including Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis,
lupus, arthritis, the birth defects spina bifida, autism,
and Asperger's, many specific cancers, and chronic ailments
of liver, kidney, heart, lung, joint, skin, muscle, etc.

The Monte methanol/formaldehyde toxicity paradigm
MMFTP is backed by 740 references, given free online as
full pdf texts by Prof. (retired 2004, Arizona State University,
Nutrition and Food Sciences) Woodrow C. Monte,
www.WhileScienceSleeps.com,
along with his 2012 January 240 page text
"While Science Sleeps", with two free chapters on
"Autism and Other Birth Defects", and "Multiple Sclerosis",
and free full earlier articles and references on MMFTP.

Other methanol/formaldehyde sources include
wood, peat and cigarette smoke, some fresh coffees,
fermented and smoked foods, fruits juices vegetables
heated in sealed jars and cans, some dark wines and liquors,
bacteria in the colon, genetic flaws in metabolism, vehicle
fumes, leaky fossil fuel stoves and heaters, processed wood
products of all kinds, mobile homes, old Ditto type purple ink
mimeograph duplicating machines in schools and offices,
chemical biology autopsy mortuary facilities, heated wood
in particleboard, pressed wood and paper factories,
and many personal care cleaners and products...

methanol/formaldehyde paradigm for multiple sclerosis,
free full 56 page chapter 9 pdf, While Science Sleeps,
146 full text references online, Prof. Woodrow C. Monte:
Rich Murray 2012.03.20
http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2012/03/methanolformaldehyde-paradigm-for.html

Aspartame: The hidden danger [methanol/formaldehyde]
in our midst and how it kills us, 12 page review of
While Science Sleeps text (Woodrow C Monte),
International Health News, whole June issue,
Editor: William R Ware PhD: Rich Murray 2012.06.08
http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2012/06/aspartame-hidden-danger.html

Read more: http://www.thedailymeal.com/guide-alternative-sweeteners#ixzz1yOoOZIOt

RichMurray's picture

methanol from aspartame, wood and cigarette smoke, and many
sources is made by ADH1 enzyme into formaldehyde within cells
inside walls of human blood vessels, harming adjacent tissues,
the WC Monte paradigm: Rich Murray 2012.06.19

See WC Monte's two 1-hour video lectures May 2012
www.WhileScienceSleeps.com .

The 200 mg aspartame in a 12-oz can of aspartame drink
is 11% by weight methanol, 22 mg, which is soon released
from the GI tract into the blood, where quickly any tissues
with high levels of the ADH1 enzyme within the cells of
blood capillary walls and adjacent tissues, especially
liver, kidney, brain, retina, etc., in humans only, turn
the methanol into formaldehyde within these cells, which,
being highly reactive, quickly binds with and disables
DNA, RNA, and proteins inside the cells, causing cell death,
attracting macrophages (white blood cells), which also die,
creating durable, cumulative, evolving complex micro lesions.

This affects the fetus, as well, or not so well...

So, there are many resulting novel modern
"diseases of civilization" in humans only, for each type of
damaged tissue, including Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis,
lupus, arthritis, the birth defects spina bifida, autism,
and Asperger's, many specific cancers, and chronic ailments
of liver, kidney, heart, lung, joint, skin, muscle, etc.

The Monte methanol/formaldehyde toxicity paradigm
MMFTP is backed by 740 references, given free online as
full pdf texts by Prof. (retired 2004, Arizona State University,
Nutrition and Food Sciences) Woodrow C. Monte,
www.WhileScienceSleeps.com,
along with his 2012 January 240 page text
"While Science Sleeps", with two free chapters on
"Autism and Other Birth Defects", and "Multiple Sclerosis",
and free full earlier articles and references on MMFTP.

Other methanol/formaldehyde sources include
wood, peat and cigarette smoke, some fresh coffees,
fermented and smoked foods, fruits juices vegetables
heated in sealed jars and cans, some dark wines and liquors,
bacteria in the colon, genetic flaws in metabolism, vehicle
fumes, leaky fossil fuel stoves and heaters, processed wood
products of all kinds, mobile homes, old Ditto type purple ink
mimeograph duplicating machines in schools and offices,
chemical biology autopsy mortuary facilities, heated wood
in particleboard, pressed wood and paper factories,
and many personal care cleaners and products...

methanol/formaldehyde paradigm for multiple sclerosis,
free full 56 page chapter 9 pdf, While Science Sleeps,
146 full text references online, Prof. Woodrow C. Monte:
Rich Murray 2012.03.20
http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2012/03/methanolformaldehyde-paradigm-for.html

Aspartame: The hidden danger [methanol/formaldehyde]
in our midst and how it kills us, 12 page review of
While Science Sleeps text (Woodrow C Monte),
International Health News, whole June issue,
Editor: William R Ware PhD: Rich Murray 2012.06.08
http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2012/06/aspartame-hidden-danger.html

http://www.yourhealthbase.com/issue.htm

http://www.yourhealthbase.com/ihn228.pdf
free full text pdf 16 pages

Fwd: Aspartame Submission from Prof. Woodrow C. Monte to EFSA: While
Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills 241 p -- Ch 12 Autism and other
Birth Defects 26 p -- 740 references full pdfs: Rich Murray 2011.11.03
http://rmforall.blogspot.com/2011/11/fwd-aspartame-submission-from-prof....

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Even when I click the "slower" button. the slide show goes too fast for me to read to the end of each narrative. Is there a plain text version?
Louise Bell
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