Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes but it can cause obesity which can cause Type 2 diabetes. In addition, Type 1 diabetes is not caused from eating too much sugar. However, Americans are consuming more and more sugar every day. How much? Studies indicate that Americans consume more than a third of a pound of sugar each day. A widely publicized study even showed that drinking just one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soda daily resulted in an 18-22% increased risk for Type 2 diabetes. It gets worse, since so many foods contain high-fructose corn syrup. Did you know that a high fructose diet is linked to obesity (children and adults), insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides, and a fatty liver? Yes, it sure is. Unfortunately, sugar is not so sweet once you realize the global epidemic of Type 2 diabetes.
Everyone should be using a natural sweetener called stevia that will not raise their blood sugar. “Everyone” means all children and adults including the ones that do not have diabetes. Why? Have you noticed the high sugar consumption here in Hawaii? Have you seen a young obese child drinking a sugar-sweetened soda? Stevia is an herbal sweetener which is all natural and is definitely not an artificial sweetener. Did you know that artificial sweeteners ferment into acids and are harmful to your pancreas and beta cells? Yes, and you need to protect your pancreas and beta cells by giving them the proper nutrients. Stevia is very sweet in taste and even contains vitamin A, magnesium, zinc, iron, and rutin. Studies have shown stevia to regulate blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, and reduce appetite.
Sugar not so sweet…..but stevia is!
*If your blood sugar is low stevia will not raise it. For any low blood sugars glucose must be taken in some form. Please consult with your health care professional in regards to your health or any emergency medical condition.
“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings.” ~Hippocrates