(Read a guide for "other" alternative sweeteners)
2. Sucanat -- Whole cane sugar with water removed. You can
get sucanat products mail order from Purity Foods
(800/997-7358). Nutra Cane (603/672-2801)
distributes sucanat in the US. Also, a company called
Florida Crystals sells this product. Still sugar, as
far as diabetics are concerned, but it contains a small
amount vitamins and minerals which helps reduce some of
the negative effects found in long term use of white sugar.
3. Barley Malt -- Sunspire (510/569-9731) sells a malted
barley product. Some people are sensitive
to barley malt. However, they may have been
sensitive to the malt because MSG is often
hidden in the "malt" in processed foods.
4. Fruit Juice
If you shop at a natural foods store, you will notice that many
products are sweetened with fruit juice. R.W. Knudsen sodas for
example taste almost as sweet as junky soda, but are made with fruit
juice and carbonated water. So you get the vitamins and minerals and
avoid the junk that usually comes in typical sodas.
Natural jellos can be made with water, fruit juice and agar-agar
as another example of using fruit juice as a sweetener.
5. Honey -- It may have contaminants, however, especially if
it is imported. Be certain of the source and
quality before using it regularly. Honey should never
be given to infant and very young children.
6. Rice Syrup and Yinnie Syrup are often found at natural food
7. Licorice Root
Licorice root is one of the most commonly used herbs in the world.
No serious adverse reactions have been published about licorice root.
*Single* chemical extracts have caused serious adverse reactions on
occasion when used in medicine or candy, but the whole root does not
cause these serious reactions. A single chemical extract of
glycyrrhizin from licorice root causes the blood level of this
chemical to rise dramatically. This does not happen to when whole
licorice root is taken in reasonable amounts. (See Environmental
Health Perspectives, Volume 102, Supplement 9, November 1994, 65-68.)
See the book, "The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine" by
Dr. Daniel B. Mowrey for a more detailed discussion of licorice root.
Most herbalists believe that it is wise to avoid excessive and
long-term use of licorice root. Many herbalists believe that
long-term use can cause water retention and hypertension in some
Licorice root is safe for diabetics, but I would *not* use it as a
primary sweetener. Stevia may be better choice for diabetics.
As an example, you may want to consider using stevia and
also use fruit juice, small amounts of licorice root in tea, amasake,
etc. so that you get variety in your diet.
Licorice root is best used in small amounts to give herbal teas a
8. Amasake -- Made from sweet brown rice, brown rice and koji
(starter). The koji breaks down the polysaccharides
in the rice to disarracharies giving it a very sweet
taste. Most natural food stores have amasake drinks
which you can try -- or you can make it yourself.
Try to avoid drinking too much of the amasake drinks
made with almonds or nuts as they can be hard on the
9. Other herbs -- There are a number of plants which can be used
as a sweetener. Stevia is just one of the more
popular ones. Perhaps Consumer Direct can help
in that area.
10. Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) -- Another very useful
product for Candida overgrowth patients as it supports
the growth of beneficial bacteria. It is a little expensive
in large amounts.
You can purchase it from:
Allergy Research Group/Nutricology
P.O. Box 489
400 Preda Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
(800) 545-9960 (info)
(800) 782-4274 (orders)
Gradually reduce or eliminate:
Brown Sugar -- Brown sugar is usually white sugar mixed
with molasses or sprayed with caramel coloring.
Raw Sugar -- Raw sugar is often white sugar with coloring.
Fructose -- Betware the "natural" products with fructose.
It's not much better than white sugar (IMO).
Artificial Sweeteners (Nutrasweet (aspartame), Equal,
Spoonful, Sunette (Acesulfame-k), Splenda (Sucralose),
Sweetener 2000), Neotame
-- Avoid these like the plague. Please don't become a
guinea pig for another poorly-tested toxic sweetener
only to find out years from now that it contributed
to the destruction of your health.
Important Note: MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) has some of
the same toxicity mechanisms as the toxic sweetener
aspartame. In order to cut out MSG, you need to
remove foods with the following ingredients:
- Monosodium glutamate
- hydrolyzed proteins (any type of hydrolyzed protein)
- autolyzed yeast
- yeast extract
- caseinate (in many cases)
- "Natural Flavors"
MSG that occurs naturally in tomatoes, cheese, etc. is
absorbed and metabolized differently (safely) due to
other factors in the food. See the following web page
http://www.holisticmed.com/msg/ for more information.
MORE ON SPLENDA (5/28/97 Source Mark Gold)
Animal research has shown up to 40% shrinkage in thymus glands, caecal
enlargement and renal mineralization. These effects may or may not
be a problem in long-term ingestion of sucralose by humans. Industry
researchers have tried to explain away these findings, and in some
cases they may be making reasonable points, but it is difficult to be
sure because the research has been 1) inadequate and 2) largely
controlled by the manufacturers (both problems reminiscent of
aspartame "research"). See "New Scientist" (23 November 1991, page
13) for some information.
7/2001: See also http://www.holisticmed.com/splenda/