Sugar and Sweeteners

Sugar is composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. It is used as a natural food stuff to sweeten the majority of other food stuffs that we wish to taste sweet. Monosaccharides is the simplest form of sugar. Sugar can be found in the tissues of plants before sugar use, honey was used to add sweetness to our foods. Sweeteners, rather than being a food stuff is a food additive. High intensity sweeteners, are a lot sweeter than sugar that we use everyday that does not contain the same level of food energy. Sweeteners can be natural or synthetic the majority are artificial. Sorbitol is a natural sweetener whereas saccharin, created by accident in 1879 is an artificial sweetener. Sweeteners can take the place of natural sugar, where the consumption of natural sugar may be detrimental to our health, such as diabetes sufferers. Canada banned the use of saccharin in 1977 as tests in relation to bladder cancer from the 1960's showed that their may be a link to bladder cancer of users of high dies of saccharin, also these tests involved the use of animals.

Asked by Erin Hand in Parenting and Children, Sugar and Sweeteners, ADD-ADHD

Does sugar really make kids hyperactive?

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Not for most children. Contrary to popular belief, many studies have proven there's no link between most kids' sugar consumption and their level of activity. Some kids can be affected more than most, like those with ADHD or those who are more sensitive to blood sugar spikes—but these cases are the exception to the rule. Some researchers suggest the perceived link between sugar and hyperactivity comes from the conditions surrounding sugar intake. High-energy events, like birthday parties, often have sugar-rich treats as a centerpiece of the festivities—it’s not the sugar that’s hyping them up, pediatric dietitian Kristi L. King suggests, but the adrenaline. Further, one study illustrated that parents who think their children have consumed sugar rate their kids’ activity levels higher, even if they never actually had any sugar. So, although there are some notable exceptions, the link between sugar and hyper kids seems to be mostly imagined.
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What is 10x sugar?

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10X refers to the number of times the sugar is processed to produce fine powder.
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What types of sweeteners are safe to use in diabetic desserts?

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This depends on your specific type of diabetes, but generally sweeteners made with sucralose (Splenda brand) or the stevia plant (such as Trivia) are ones which will not raise your blood sugar but will still taste sweet. Visit splenda.com for some recipe ideas.
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Are there any health risks associated with using flavored coffee?

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Actually there is an ongoing debate whether or not artificial flavored substances pose any types of health risk. The Food and Drug Administration has approved 6 different types of artificial flavoring. They are stevia, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and saccharin. There is as of this date (05/09/11), no definite side effects from using small amounts of flavored coffee which have artificial flavoring as an additive.
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How safe are the leaves that are contained in the Stevita, Stevia Supreme packets?

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Stevia has been used for thousands of years with no ill effect and is actually good for diabetics, this particular products monitors were the leaves are harvested and are strictly monitored,much better than equal sweetner which may cause palpitations.The leaves are safe.
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What are the health advantages if any of Swanson Premium Stevia?

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Stevia can be used in place of other sweetners, to give beverages a naturally sweet flavor. no cancer what are the health advantages of stevia?
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what are the side effects of Splenda the sugar substitute?

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Splenda is the trade name for sucralose, a synthetic compound. Splenda is basically sugar modified by adding chlorine atoms. While chlorine is added to many products, it does not necessarily render the product dangerous yet ingesting chlorine is not advised in large amounts. The results of the tests done by McNeil Nutritionals revealed that test rodents suffered from dangerous side effects such as shrunken thymus glands, and enlarged livers and kidneys. No long term studies were performed before Splenda was approved by the FDA.
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How does sugar water contain lipids?

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Sugar water does NOT contain lipids! Unless it is not just sugar water.
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What does sugar fix mean?

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A "fix" is a dose of a drug to which you are addicted which one takes to stave off withdrawl symptoms. People who eat a lot of sugar can show symptoms of withdrawl if they are without it, and would need a "sugar fix" to avoid the withdrawl symptoms. Diabetics can also require a dose of sugar to quickly raise their blood sugar level if it is low. But of course, people can talk about needing something as if they were addicted to it when they really aren't. In such a case, the "fix" is just something the person is craving.
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How 1 molar solution of sugar water contains?

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1 molar solution of sugar water contains 342,3 g sucrose.