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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #107-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
July 06, 2010

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 107
July 6, 2010

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Welcome to this month's issue but first we apologize for what happened to last month's newsletter. We still do not know why our web host doubled the entry on the blood pressure information. We kept trying to correct it but we had no luck. Anyway, we decided to get over it and carry on. Today we're going to talk about what sweetener to use.

In This Issue:

  • What's new at ?
  • Do You Know Which Sweetener to Use?
  • A Success Quotation of the Month
  • Dessert Recipe
  • Some Humor
  • Q&A

1. What's new at ? Let's tackle the newsalert section first:

Ingredient in Red Wine May Prevent Some Blinding Diseases

Resveratrol is known as being helpful for the diabetics but this is the first time an article has dealt on the issue of its benefit to the vision problem. The finding of the new research that found resveratrol effective in preventing new abnormal blood vessels from developing as well as getting rid of those that have already developed in the eyes triggered the excitement over this issue.

Salmonella Outbreak at Subway Restaurants

There are two important alerts here. One is on the salmonella poisoning at Subway Restaurants in Illinois and the other one is about the heat of summer the diabetics may not know affects them more than the others. It is important to remember that heat may affect the effectiveness of the medication and that it may predispose the diabetics to illnesses that are heat-related.

Lose Weight to Prevent Diabetes

Losing weight is the first line of attack in diabetes prevention. And if the diabetes is already diagnosed, it is never too late to stay within the healthy weight target to prevent the complications. This is not just good for the diabetics but for the rest of the family as well.

Why Anger Plays A Critical Role In Diabetes Self-Care

The diabetics do so much just to manage their condition that you will wholeheartedly agree, there may be some anger issue there. But it is good to know this is not necessarily a bad thing for a healthy anger could propel one into doing something for the improvement of the condition.

Low-Dose Aspirin May Not Benefit Younger Diabetes Patients

The changes are sometimes confusing but this article made it clearer. It will give the readers the starting point to open a discussion with their physicians so they both can determine the best route to take regarding the baby doses of aspirin while considering the latest guidelines from the American Diabetes Association and the doctors' associations as well.

Here are the new additions at our site. There are new items added in the tip section:

Diabetes Tips

Herbs for Diabetes

Diabetic Diet Secrets

Here are the additions to our sister site:

Prevent Diabetes With Lifestyle Changes

Organic Diet Secrets of the Stars

Diabetes and Pollution Linked

Low-Dose Aspirin Therapy Did Not Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Article Published:


You will find the above article at Dr. Roger Guzman's Articles or just click the aforementioned title.

2. Sugar, Sugar Which One to Use? Here's a quiz for you, do not worry for the answer will appear right below the question. We took the quiz and found it fun to see where we did wrong.

1. The sweetener named stevia comes from:

  • A. fruit nectar
  • B. a shrub
  • C. Stevie Nicks, the musician

The correct answer is B.

Stevia is a sugar alternate that is derived from the stevia plant leaves. This plant is a shrub found in South America. They get the extract from it which is added to drinks and foods. Several brands of this have been awarded a status of GRAS by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. GRAS is an acronym for (generally regarded as safe). That is why this is sold as sugar substitute in grocery stores. It’s thought of as the first natural, sugar-free alternate. It is also called Reb A, and rebiana.

2. Which is not a brand name for a stevia sweetener?

  • A. PureVia
  • B. Via Sweet
  • C. Truvia

The answer is B.

Truvia™ and PureVia™ are the major players in the stevia rush. Truvia is used in products such as Sprite Green™ and Vitaminwater while PureVia is collaborating with PepsiCo in the products called SoBe Lifewater. So you see that Via Sweet is not a brand name for Stevia.

3. Knowing the four colors of sugar alternate packets, you can …

  • A. Pick the best one.
  • B. Order the pink one.
  • C. Make an informed decision as to which artificial sweeteners to use.

The answer is C.

The sugar substitute packets are color-coded according to what ingredients they contain. The yellow packets (Splenda) have sucralose which though 600 times sweeter than sugar it does not have calories. Neither does it affect the blood sugar. The pink packets (Sweet and Low) has saccharin and has been in use since the 1800s.

The blue packets (NutraSweet and Equal) contain aspartame which is a low-calorie sugar substitute (Equal® and NutraSweet®). Aspartame is a low calorie sweetener made up of two amino acids. Aspartame they say has no bad effect on the blood sugar.

The green packets (Stevia) has no effect on the blood sugar level and contains no calories as well

4. Which sweetener is sweeter than granulated sugar?

  • A. Confectioner's sugar
  • B. Natural Sweeteners
  • C. Artificial Sweeteners
  • D. Both B and C
  • E. Nothing

D is the correct answer. Artificial sweetener is sweeter than granulated sugar with saccharin 300 times sweeter than table sugar. So are natural sweeteners like fructose and honey.

5. Artificial sweeteners can help prevent ear infections and cavities.

  • A. True
  • B. False

The answer is: A.

Since artificial sweeteners do not contain sugar, they do not lead to cavities. The artificial sweetener, that has been showing in chewing gum lately may actually prevent cavities and ear infections. The artificial sweetener concerned is none other than xylitol which is derived from a sugar found in fruits, vegetables and beech trees.

A German study had 61 adults avoid flossing and brushing their teeth for several days. Instead they took sorbitol and xylitol losenges. After four weeks, the researchers found xylitol helped reduce the acid-forming bacteria thus preventing the build up of dental plaque. Another study from the British Medical Journal showed xylitol helping prevent infections of the ear.

6. Where does Fructose come from?

  • A. Fruity Pebbles
  • B. Fruit, vegetables, and honey
  • C. Corn syrup

The answer is B.

Fructose is primarily found in fruit and honey. It is unique in the sense it does not cause the blood sugar to rise. Often it is confused with high fructose corn syrup known as HFCS in short which has been scrutinized lately because a report from Environmental Health showed nine out of 20 HFCS contain low levels of mercury.

7. Artificial sweeteners do not raise blood sugar levels.

  • A. False
  • B. True

The answer is A because some artificial sweeteners can raise the blood sugar level. Here are the ones that do not raise the blood sugar level and are non-caloric sweeteners as well: sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet’N Low, Necta Sweet, and Sweet Twin), aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), acesulfame potassium (Sunett and Sweet One), neotame which is not marketed with a brand name yet.

Then there is another group called reduced-calorie sweeteners. These are known as sugar alcohols although they do not contain alcohol. These are used in processed foods commonly in sugar-free chocolate products. These raise the blood sugar level because sugar alcohols contain calories and carbohydrates. They include: mannitol, sorbitol, annitol, maltitol, lactitol, xylitol, erythritol, isomalt, and hydrogenated starch hydrolysates. So read the labels and subtract half of the sugar alcohol grams when calculating the carbohydrate content.

8. Which sweetener is not acceptable for cooking?

  • A. Aspartame
  • B. Saccharin
  • C. Sucralose
  • D. Acesulfame K

The answer is A because when aspartame is used in recipes, it can lose its sweetness. This is the trouble. Some recipes will not work without some kind of sugar. It is different with Equal and Splenda because both are sold combined with sugar to be used specifically for baking.

9. How much refined sugar on the average do Americans consume each day?

  • A. 5 tablespoons
  • B. 1/4 cup
  • C. 12 teaspoons
  • D. 18 teaspoons

The answer is D.

USDA says the refined sugar intake of Americans is approximately 66.3 pounds per capita of added sugars. That means the consumption each day is about six tablespoons or 3 ounces or 18 teaspoons. That works out to about 288 calories and 76 grams of carbohydrates if it is just table sugar.

10. Sugar substitutes are dangerous to your health.

  • A. True
  • B. False
The answer is: False

Artificial sweeteners saccharine and aspartame have raised concern that they can cause cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewed the scientific proof and by 2007 said that aspartame is safe for the general public. Similarly, the National Cancer Institute found that there is no proof that saccharin is dangerous for public consumption. However, those with the hereditary disease phenylketonuria (PKU), are advised to avoid using aspartame.

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

"We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best." David Bailey

4. And here’s the dessert recipe we promised you.

Healthy Recipe: Carrot and Spice Quickbread

Carrot and Spice Quickbread

5. 6. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Laughing will help get us healthy.

I overheard this conversation between the pastor and the parishioner:

Pastor shaking the hands of the parishioner: You need to join the Army of the Lord.

Parishioner: I am already in the Army of the Lord, Father.

Pastor: But I see you only at Christmas and Easter?

Parishioner whispering: That's because I am in the secret service.

6. Do you have a question or comment for the team?
Drop us a line at our contact form and you may see your question answered in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Positive Approach. Question: How can I eat healthy when what they serve at my place of employment are often greasy foods?

Answer: Is there a way you can talk to the person in charge of the food preparation? List down your concern and ask the others in your group to join if they are so inclined. Ask if they could include steamed vegetables, whole wheat bread and non fat or low fat milk and water instead of sodas and juices. Doing it as a group in a positive way may help. While you are waiting for the solution, bring some healthy snacks like unsalted peanuts, cut up fresh veggies like carrots and fresh fruit.

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Warm Regards, Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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