What is a natural substitute for sugar?Â
What we put into our bodies is the mostÂ important
factor in finding relief fromÂ the symptoms
of Parkinson’s. It is no secret that sugar is not good for
our bodies, right?
Sugar is a neuro-toxin.Â You know this.Â I know this.Â
Everyone knows this.
Do you ever eat sugar? You can not see me now, but
I am raising my handÂ at the moment.Â Â I eat sugar
sometimes. OK. Sometimes I eat too much sugar.Â
Why? I am filling a hole deep inside.Â I can’t get enough.Â
You know the list. Whatever.
No matter how much work I do “on myself” I still
eat sugar.Â So, if I come to the realization that my
preference for sweets will not abate anytime soon,Â
what can I do about it?Â
There are alternatives to sugar.Â Why notÂ investigate
the alternatives that can be used in place of using raw cane
sugar. Then start using an alternativeÂ to pure sugarÂ
that is right for you?Â Â
Know in advance thatÂ you may not be able to
tolerate one or more of the alternatives.Â That is,
the alternative may be worse for you than raw sugar
itself. But whyÂ not celebrate in advanceÂ
how much your body will thank you if you can find
aÂ natural and safe substitute for sugar that your
body can tolerate?Â Â
ThreeÂ natural alternative substitutes for sugarÂ are
agave, stevia and zylitol.Â Â Here is a sketch of
information about each of theÂ three alternatives.Â Â
Agave syrupÂ is a sweetener commercially produced
in Mexico. Agave syrup is sweeter than honey,
though less viscous. ItÂ consists primarily of fructose
Agave has a fructose content that isÂ higher than is found
in high-fructose corn syrup.Â Â AgaveÂ is notable in that its
glycemic index and glycemic load are seeminglyÂ lower than
mostÂ other natural sweetener alternatives.Â
Stevia isÂ native to subtropical and tropical South America
and Central America.Â Known as sweetleaf,Â steviaÂ isÂ
used as a sugar substitute. The tasteÂ has aÂ
longer duration than that of pure sugar. Stevia however
can be associated with aÂ bitterÂ after taste at high
ZylitolÂ sounds like an expensive prescription
medication, but it is not.Â It is aÂ five-carbon sugar
alcohol that is used as a sugar substitute.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that can
be found in the fibers ofÂ fruits and vegetables such asÂ
berries, corn husks, oats, and even mushrooms.Â
It isÂ extracted from corn fibres,Â birch trees, raspberries,
plums, and even corn.Â Xylitol is by all accounts as sweet
as regular sugar.
Zylitol has been around a long time.Â It isÂ used as
aÂ sweetner for diabetics in some countries and it
is used in various products like gums and toothpaste
to reduce tooth decay.Â
CheckÂ out the possibilities.Â Do an extended search on
the internet for more information.Â Talk with your doctor.
You can buy zylitol,Â stevia and agaveÂ from most
health food stores, food co-ops and even some grocery
I think a safe and natural food sweetener is a delightful
choice for people like myself whoÂ love to eat a delicious
dessert every now and then. If you are like me, consider
a switch from sugar to a natural substitute.
There is no direct research evidence to indicate that using
alternatives to sugar will help relieve the symptoms of
Parkinson’s. Base on pure logic,Â it makes sense to me that
using a natural substituteÂ for sugarÂ has the potential to
help unclogÂ neural pathways.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Â Â© 2008 Parkinsons Recovery