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sugar (or any specific food for that matter), con- sider food or allergy testing with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Before you make a choice about sugar ver-


sus artificial sweetener, do your homework and look into sources of research completed by non- biased organizations. If it sounds too good to be true, it's likely


the case. Eat real food, you deserve it.


Gloria Atkinson is ORC’s Group Fitness Director and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She whole- heartedly believes that we all de- serve to eat real food.


Got a Sweet Tooth?


Healthier sweeteners include: • Real fruit • Sucanat (natural sugar cane) • Raw unpasteurized honey (heat used in processing strips the natural vitamin/ minerals as the processing process does in all other whole foods)


• Stevea (a bushy herb extremely sweet.), tastes like artificial sweetener so this is a good substitute if you enjoy the taste,


• Raw Maple syrup (not the sugar added kind), rice syrup • Carob powder • Coconut syrup • Unrefined date sugar • Vanilla and yacon syrup • Blackstrap molasses • Agave syrup (commercial brands contain high fructose and may be inflammatory to some)


CONTROVERSY AND CONFUSION


SACCHARIN came into widespread use during the sugar shortage of WWI. It is currently banned in Canada as a food additive (a 1977 study showed that it causes bladder tumors in rats), but, bizarrely, it is permitted as a table-top sweetener.


ASPARTAME (180 times as sweet as sugar) is found in over 6,000 prod- ucts including: Carbonated soft drinks, chewing


gum, confections, gelatins,


dessert mixes, Yogurt, chewable vita- mins, sugar free cough drops, anything that says “diet” or is sweet but says “no sugar.”


SUCRALOSE was discovered in 1999. According to Dr. Mercola, an


osteopathic physician, board certified in family medicine, and author; “It’s very important to realize that Splenda (sucralose) is actually NOT sugar, despite its marketing slogan ‘Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar’. Rather, it’s a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame and saccharin, and with detrimental health effects to match.”


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