CARBOHYDRATE ADDICTION:

 


ARE SOME

SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

BETTER THAN OTHERS?

Q: FOR THE CARB ADDICT, ARE SOME SUGAR SUBSTITUTES BETTER THAN OTHERS?

A: All foods that taste sweet cause the body to release insulin - even though they may contain no calories.

The human body evolved at a time when all sweet things were carbohydrate-rich and needed insulin to be metabolized.

Artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes "trick" the body, stimulating it to release insulin in preparation for "sugar" it assumes is in the food.

When the sugar substitute fails to deliver any sugar to the bloodstream, the insulin that has been released removes any blood sugar that in the bloodstream from past meals and will often channel this energy into the liver and fat cells.

After consuming artificially-sweetened foods, some carb addicts may feel the effects of excess insulin or low-blood-sugar levels: nervousness, irritability, sweating, shakiness, light-headiness, intense cravings for junk food, snack food, or sweets, or for more artificially sweetened-foods.

This “post-sugar-substitute rebound hunger” generally drives the carb addict to go looking for a sweet or snack (made with real sugar) or more artificially-sweetened beverages or foods, and so the carb addiction cycle continues to “feed” itself.


It has been our experience over three decades of research that no matter what how “natural” the sugar substitute, if it tastes sweet and contains very few calories or none at all, it will still set off the blood sugar imbalance and the “post-sugar-substitute rebound hunger” as well.

Because carb addicts release higher-than-normal levels of insulin in response to the sweets and other carb-rich foods, they are more susceptible to the negative effects of sugar substitutes of all kinds.

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