Non-nutritive Sweeteners

Non-Nutritive Sweeteners

 Non-nutritive sweeteners are virtually calorie free.

 Be careful when products use the term “natural” because “natural,” has no legal FDA definition. My doctor always says, “If you don’t pick it off a tree or a plant and eat it immediately…it’s not natural”.

 My problem with most of the non-nutritive sweeteners is they haven’t been ingested all that long, so I don’t think we really know exactly how some of them can affect us. I was a kid when most of the non-nutritive sweeteners were approved and I am not even 60 years old. We will know more when people born in the 1970’s are retired and have used these products their entire life.

 HIstorical Dates

1965 Aspartame – Equal, NutraSweet – USA approved: 1981

1967 Acesulfame potassium – Sweet One, Sunette – USA approved: 1988

1976 Sucralose – Splenda – USA approved: 1998

1879 Saccharin – Sweet N’ Low, Sweet 10 – USA approved

Stevia (Rebaudioside A, a highly purified compound of stevia plant) – Truvia,Pure Via – USA approved 2008

Neotame – USA approved 2002 – not available for consumer use

Thaumatin or Talin is approved GRAS in United States: (used mostly abroad) found in the Katemfe fruit from West Africa.

Tagalose – approved 2003 in United States 1.5 calories per gram (sold as Tagetesse)

1980 Alitame (used in Canada)

Stevioside (Rebaudiana) from leaves of the Stevia plant

      My concern is the length of time a person uses these sweeteners that are “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS), but are they? Do we know without a doubt? The only one that someone may have used for 70-80 years is Saccharin. The others are just too new. Most of these products have ADI (acceptable daily intakes) based on weight. Many of these may not be a problem for someone in adulthood or with an “adult weight” 100+ pounds, but for a child weighing 30-70 lbs., the “acceptable” level may be too much; One that I would not want to risk with my child.  

Think twice before offering your child too many products filled with these alternative sweeteners.

Kids do not constantly need to be “tasting” sweetness, thus developing a “need” or “want” for it.

 

 

 

 

Food Philosophy

Today is Sunday, January 5th

 

The topic or question of the day is:

 What is your food philosophy and who do you get your ideas, thoughts, and thinking from when it comes to food and eating?

 Philosophy pertains to answering the tough questions like who is God? Who is man?  Why am I here? Where am I going?  Everyone has some kind of food philosophy whether they know it or not.  Developing your personal, positive food philosophy is important, because what we think and believe about food and our diets is what we will put into action.  For example, Vegans have their own food and life philosophy while Lacto-Ovo vegetarians believe in the addition of eggs and dairy to their vegetarian diet.  Biblitarian’s believe the Bible contains all the necessary principles for healthy eating and Ozatarians follow Dr. Oz in everything he promotes on his television show.  Pescatarian’s eliminate all meat except fish in addition to being vegetarian and Omnivore’s eat everything.  A person can also be a combination of different food philosophies as well.  I consider myself a combination Flexitarian and Biblitarian.

 All humans are as different as their fingerprint and throughout their lives have had a plethora of positive or negative food experiences, may have contracted some kind of disease or have had an accident that alters the way they can eat.  These will shape their philosophy on food.  I trust as you journey through this year with the Food Thinkery, you will develop a firm food philosophy of your own.

 Tip or quote of the day:

 Life changes when the mind and heart changes.  “This very moment we can change our lives.  Sit down and start doing the work” – Steven Pressfield

 Take action today by:

 Purchasing a journal to document your journey and begin by writing down your thoughts about food, health and life.  Be sure to date each entry.