I recommend eating a low carb way of eating that minimizes blood sugar & insulin as a way to maximize health & wellness in midlife. This means coconut sugar, cane sugar, maple syrup, agave, and honey are to be avoided as they derange your metabolic processes and completely screw up your body’s hormones over time.
Here are some explanations for those who want more information about why I don’t recommend certain types of low carb sweeteners.
**Sugar Alcohols (except erythritol)**
Other sugar alcohols like sorbitol, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, and xylitol can be chemically manufactured and sometimes uses hydrogenation which is a completely unnatural way to manufacture food for human consumption. In addition to being artificially created, these sugar alcohols come with nasty side effects like bloating and gastrointestinal distress because they are not absorbed as quickly as Erythritol and tend to react badly in the intestine. Please also note that xylitol is toxic to dogs because they do not metabolize it the way humans do. (4) Do not ever give your dog or cat anything sweetened with xylitol. I avoid these types of sugar alcohols for all these reasons.
I think we all know that there are artificial sweeteners like Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin), Xylitol, Sorbitol, & Sucralose (Splenda) that don’t affect blood sugar BUT they have terrible side effects and can actually make insulin resistance, blood sugar disorders, and other metabolic conditions worse.
I avoid artificial sweeteners at all costs and have had to change my brand of chewing gum, toothpaste, and sports drinks that my kids drink in order to avoid them – which reminds me to write a post about that, too.
Take note and read your labels!