Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sugar free better?

I love juice.. I could easily drink juice all day. My favorites include apple and cranberry. I refuse to buy store bought juice and instead drink freshly squeezed juice when I can. My husband on the other hand drinks juice by the gallon.  Pointing at the label he shows me where it says "without sugar". True, the label does say "without sugar" and if you were to ignore the list of ingredients on the back you would assume the juice is good for you. 
Lets look at the drink I bought the other day. Its a orange, mango and carrot juice which at first glance seems healthy. If you look at the list of ingredients on back you will find the following:

Made from juice concentrate. No sugar added, only contains the sugar from the fruit itself. with SWEETENERS. Minimum fruit content 50%. Sweeteners (E-952 and E-954).

Googling the 2 sweeteners you soon find out that these "sweeteners" are 500 times sweeter than sugar.

Saccharin and its Na, K and Ca salts
An artificial sweetener, around 500 times sweeter than sugar but with a slightly bitter and metallic aftertaste, particularly after heating.

Synthesised from toluene, a colourless inflammable liquid, insoluble in water,
derived from petroleum.

Toluene is probably better known for its part in the preparation of trinitrotoluene - the powerful explosive more commonly known by the acronym TNT.

Toluene is a
well-known carcinogen and Saccharin was banned in the USA in 1977, but reinstated subject to strict labelling stating: "Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals".

A bill passed in 2000 removed this requirement after it was decided that the Canadian research that indicated that saccharin caused bladder tumors in rats did not apply to humans
under normal patterns of use. (what do they consider normal use?)

Useful for diabetics it can be found in alcohol-free beer, cider, desserts, fruit juice drinks, tinned or bottled fruits, ice cream, jams, jellies, margarine, marmalades, milk drinks, mustard, sauces, soft drinks and sweets, normally with the description 'no added sugar' or 'diet'.


Does anyone else see warning flags from the following statement:

"Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals".

So, it was banned in 1977 but later allowed so long as the labeling includes the above statement. Which then was later removed because it does not apply to humans under normal patterns of use. What do they consider normal pattern of use? Consuming it once a week? Once a month?

Next time you are at the grocery store and you see "without sugar" "low fat" or "fat free" put the item back on the shelf and continue shopping. Low fat and fat free labels have added sweeteners and are worse for you than the original product that was full of fat. The reason being our body does not recognize these artificial sweeteners and is unable to digest them properly. They then get stored into our tissues.


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