Is Sugar Free Good For Us?

Hello everyone, I am back with a very interesting and relatable topic to discuss today. We all are familiar with the term Sugar Free right? It is basically a form of Artificial Sweetener, now what exactly is an artificial sweetener? Artificial sweeteners are low- or no-caloric sugar substitutes that provide little nutritional value, but then modify the flavor of foods or beverages so that they become more appealing to the consumer. Brand names in this category include Splenda, NutraSweet, and Sweet’ N Low.

How did artificial sweeteners come into production? Sugar of lead was initially used in the Medieval era as a sweetener before its toxic effects were known, the first modern artificial sweetener was saccharin. It was first synthesized in 1879. Saccharin does cause cancer in high doses in rats, but this occurs through a mechanism that is not present in humans. We are always looking for ways to cut back on the sugar intake, keep a check on our weight, etc. There are a few advantages and disadvantages of artificial sweeteners to consider.

Although an artificial sweetener is a synthetic sugar substitute, it can be made from naturally occurring substances from the environment around us. Herbs and even the sugar plants themselves can become the foundation of these items. Since they tend to be much sweeter than an actual sugar product. Artificial sweeteners are found in many processed foods because they react in a similar manner as sugar does during the baking, canning, or packaging process. You will find them in candies, baked goods, canned foods, jams, jellies, and several dairy products. They are commonly found in sweet carbonated drinks, drink mixes, and other beverages as well. Some products that contain these sweeteners might be listed as a “diet” product, but that is not a free license to over-consume. Artificial sweeteners have virtually no calories to them, even if you consume them in significant amounts are highly sophisticated, requiring only a single drop of blood, and are conveniently sized and portable. They are small enough to take with you on-the-go, and based on your comfort level, can be used anywhere at any time.

It is essential to note that artificial sweeteners are not carbohydrates. Unlike a traditional sugar, these products will not usually raise blood sugar levels during consumption. Replacing sugar with an artificial sweetener is only one step toward better health and wellness, as diet and exercise are often needed as well. An unknown benefit of artificial sweeteners is that they help in better oral health. The consumption of sugar plays a significant role in the development of tooth decay, cavities, and other issues with oral health. By removing the sweetener that can encourage bacterial growth and plaque along the gum line, it is possible to reduce the adverse impacts that we are eating and drinking habits can create. When we are consuming artificial sweeteners, then we  are eating something that does not contain artificial pesticides or herbicides to promote the growth of a crop like sugarcane. We can experience this advantage if we purchase organic sugar products at the grocery store as well.

However, every product has some advantages and some disadvantages. Let’s have a look at those now. Some artificial sweeteners might provide a sugar substitute that improves the flavor of foods or beverages, but there are also some which can leave a sour aftertaste behind when consuming items that contain this product. The flavor can be distinctly unpleasant for some individuals, which means there may be a need to use a combination of artificial sweeteners or to choose a different product. During the 1970s, research studies with animals suggested that the ongoing consumption of artificial sweeteners could lead to a higher risk of cancer. Some countries went as far as banning most of the products that were on the market at the time to protect consumers. Over the next 40 years, it was discovered that the cancer-causing mechanisms in mice and rats that artificial sweeteners trigger is not present in the human population.

The sugar in products which contain artificial sweeteners is a chemical instead of a natural product. Some experts would say that this carries an increased risk of disease, including cancer, and could cause neurological problems or raise cholesterol levels by changing how the liver can process fats. Several studies also show that the regular consumption of an artificial sweetener can increase the cravings for other sweet items. It is also a common occurrence to face digestion related problems when using artificial sweeteners on a regular basis. Bloating, loose stools, and gas-related pain are the three most common side effects. It is important to remember that our health and wellness goals must involve more than just our body weight, there is an increased risk of metabolic conditions with regular consumption. This disadvantage includes problems like heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

Artificial sweeteners do not carry the dangers that we once thought they did, but that does not mean this product in any of its forms is the correct choice to make for your dietary needs. When compared to a traditional sugar, there are significant advantages to consider because of the caloric profile that these items offer. Because some of them can produce sugar alcohols as part of the digestive process, they may not be as healthy as some may realize. If you feel that artificial sweeteners are not the best choice for your health needs, you don’t need to go back to regular sugar. Molasses, maple syrup, honey, nectars, and juices can provide a natural sweetening effect for foods as well. Some of these may even have some health benefits that a lab-created product cannot offer.

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Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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