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likely to become obese. Participants in Massachusetts’ Framingham Heart Study further confirmed that soft drink lovers in general were 40 percent more likely than non soda-drinkers to develop metabolic syndrome, increasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Studies from Washington Univer- sity School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and Gunma University, in Maebashi, Japan, suggest that sucralose (marketed primar- ily under the brand name Splenda) can trigger the release of insulin as though sugar has been consumed; over time, this contributes to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.


Aspartame and saccharin have also been associated with weight gain and suppressed satiety (fullness) response, effecting overeating and possibly even cancer. Such effects are supported by studies from at least seven countries, published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Finally, xylitol, another low-calorie sweetener that some claim to be natural, is actu- ally highly processed and even a small amount can cause diarrhea.


Healthy Sweeteners n Stevia, a powdered extract of a South


American plant, is the most popular natural sweetener, delivering no calo- ries or blood sugar swings; 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, a little goes a


Everyday Sugar Addicts by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum


A solution to sugar addiction is simply to stop eating sugars, especially any form of corn syrup. Drink more water and take a high-quality multivita- min, plus other supplements as necessary. Here are the four characteristics of people that tend to obsessively seek sugar.


4 Chronically exhausted and looking for an energy boost 4 Stressed out and suffering from adrenal exhaustion 4 Cravings caused by excessive presence of yeast/candida 4 Hormonally related cravings


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