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Info on sugars

Postby Geo » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:39 am

Just ran across some info about sugar & artificial sugar on WebMD. It is really informative.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/rm-quiz-sugars-sweeteners?ecd=wnl_spr_060617&ctr=wnl-spr-060617_nsl-promo-v_5&mb=mZfviBAKEDPv3AMvH7SS4eHnVev1imbCJPYg86xVM%40A%3d
SD = 3/13/17
Weight 200 => 171
Triglycerides 541 => 101
Cholesterol 305 => 150
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby garygr » Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:44 pm

Geo:

I've done a lot of reading about artificial sweeteners and the only one that has not gotten lousy feedback has been Stevia.
I tried the liquid drops in oatmeal but didn't like it. I tried the Splenda Naturals with Stevia and could not drink the coffee.

All the other artificial sweeteners seem to have ingredients that could affect your health.

I'm also curious why no one else is participating in this discussion group. This is a great support group since we are all in the same boat.
I commend the moderators for sticking it our for so long. At least I see they read some of the post and make comments.
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby Magna » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:50 pm

Stevia isn't an artificial sweetener - it's natural. Other natural sweeteners that are OK on SBD are erythritol, xylitol, and agave.
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby garygr » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:22 pm

You are absolutely correct. I just wanted to see if anyone out there was smart enough to pick this up.
(LOL)
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby Geo » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:02 pm

garygr wrote:I just wanted to see if anyone out there was smart enough to pick this up.
(LOL)


What?

There are several people here who I suppose are quite smart, and we realize that there is a better chance of success if we share the experience with others. I for one, find it difficult to recognize when someone is just kidding, testing, or being sincere in their questions on a message board. It would help me if you would put something like "LOL", "Just Testing", or whatever so that I can respond appropriately.

For what it's worth, I use "Whole Earth" sweetener, which contains Erythritol, Fructose, Stevia leaf, and Monk fruit extract. A little of it goes a long ways, so I'd suggest using a small amount if you decide to try it. WalMart sells it

Best Wishes
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Triglycerides 541 => 101
Cholesterol 305 => 150
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby garygr » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:25 am

I can see how that post can be taken the wrong way--
I honestly thought that stevia was an artificial sweetener. I completely forgot that it was natural.

I was trying to be funny in my post, but it obviously didn't come out that way.
Maybe I should have read it over a couple of times and realized that my sense of humor did not come thru here.

I would never intentionally offend anyone on this forum.
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby garygr » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:42 am

Maybe Magna can reply to this question:

There are 70 users on line right now and only 5 registered. I think that means that 65 are not signed in and only 5 can post.
When I joined back in 2010 this forum was very active. I'm not really current with the latest diet fads and just curious if South Beach is still considered one of the popular diets out there. I just don't understand why there is so little activity on this board .

I remember back in 2010 when I first joined, the board was down for a period of time, maybe two to three weeks. I don't remember what the problem was.

I'm just wondering if there has been any issues like this again, and maybe that would explain why activity is low.
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby Magna » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:05 pm

The site did slow down a little over time, as SBD became less prominent, but it was still full of activity. A couple of years ago, though, we began to experience some very bad and persistent spam attacks. (It's mostly Russian porn, along with some Chinese companies that keep trying to sell things.)

So the board owner made some changes, including disabling new links, and requiring that new members have several posts approved before they can post freely. Normally, a board like this has people dropping in and out - some members stop in temporarily, some stay for a long time and move on, and others drop in and out. But as you can imagine, the changes have made it hard for new members to drop in as they could before. And the lower levels of activity discouraged more established members who dropped back in from time to time. So that's the reason why it has been quiet.

Btw, the people behind all the spam are idiots. They keep submitting dozens and sometimes hundreds of messages per day. None of their posts ever see the light of day, but that hasn't stopped them. But unfortunately it's also inconvenient for us.
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby Magna » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:18 pm

@garygr I understood you were just kidding about testing us. :)

It's really common to think of all sweeteners other than sugar (and maybe honey and maple syrup) as artificial. But in fact only a few sweeteners are really artificial - mainly sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, neotame, and acesulfame-K. Most are derived from plants. But people still commonly use "artificial" to refer to anything other than sugar.
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby Magna » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:27 pm

Btw, the fact that something is artificial doesn't make it dangerous, and the fact that something is natural doesn't mean it's safe. Certain herbs and other natural substances are dangerous either on their own or when they interact with other substances. Or they may be OK when used in small amounts, but when refined and used in large amounts they become dangerous.

In case anyone is interested, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a watchdog group, tries to keep up with current research. Some organizations are much more beholden to industry than concerned about protecting consumers, while others seem to be prone to paranoid fearmongering. I think this one does a pretty good job of avoiding those extremes. It posts this helpful list that I like to refer to.
https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/chemical-cuisine
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby garygr » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:42 pm

Magna:

Thanks for explaining why the board is so quiet.
I've always been impressed with your knowledge and replies to members on this forum.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like you are the only active moderator on this forum.

I checked the profiles of all three moderators and not much information is given about them. Maybe this is for security reasons. I've always been curious how one becomes a moderator. You've been very active on this forum since you joined and have helped a lot of us.

Is the person who created this website still active in the forum?
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Re: Info on sugars

Postby Magna » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:43 pm

The board owner doesn't regularly visit the board, as far as I know. We don't post information about the moderators, partly because we don't want to give spammers any clues about how/when to try to post their spam. I can't go into much more detail than that. :)
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