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Naturally occurring rare sugars are free radical scavengers and can ameliorate endoplasmic reticulum stress

“Rare sugars” are monosaccharides and their derivatives that seldom occur in nature. (But they do in small amounts in some foods.)

D-Psicose, D-Tagatose and D-Allose are representative of rare sugars.

For example, D-Psicose has 70% sweetness of table sugar and almost zero calorie. It inhibits blood sugar level elevation and prevents arteriosclerosis.


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Thanks for posting this. Although rather than soothe me, it shocks me. I see this very differently than I would have in years past.

And this has me very concerned for the future of human health. Another "FrankenFood"?

As for the health benefits, I've been researching hours a day for 14 months about all aspects of the low carb / high fat & ketogenic diet.

For what this new "sugar" say of its health benefits, those can be found in such diet - no need to add something highly process sweet.

These LCHF & ketogenic diets have been proven to help reduce arteriosclerosis, even help reverse it for some

(although vitamin K2 & vitamin D3 also good helpers along with a very low carb approach with ruminant meat & good fat consumption for nutrition / real food).

The Virta Health website is one place to see research as well as presentations through organization like "Low Carb Down Under" and "Low CarbUSA" Dr. David Diamond's work is stellar regarding vascular health of these diets, too.

Sugar / high carbs are one cause of arteriosclerosis - as well as "vegetable oils" such as canola, etc. (Nina Teicholz' work on this is excellent). Such highly refined oils, made in chemical factories can destroy blood vessels.

Though my first safety concerns would be about insulin.

Just because this new sugar might not raise glucose, that does not mean that it might not cause an insulin spike. This could be disaster in development of diabetes.

It's not so much elevated glucose that is so dangerous, it's the resulting insulin, when that goes overboard in the body that is so toxic to the blood vessels & organs. Insulin is also a fat storage hormone. It's what it does first.

T1D (Type 1 diabetes require insulin, of a certain level, though. Some T2D might also need it, at least until they can get their carbs under control. But no one should have too much as too much causes more trouble).

How do we know that this new sugar won't trick all kinds of reactions in the body, especially, how do we know about insulin reactions? Those are not easily studied in the kinds of rush-to-market "not found in nature" products as this new (not real) sugar.

Also, the brain's response - and the pancreas' response aside from glucose beta cells activation. This may not be so evident at first.

And addiction issues? I think it's quite possible to get addicted to even stevia. I used to have it in my tea - many cups a day, every day.

When I started the ketogenic diet 14 months ago, I decided to not just drop all sugars even if I'd not been consuming much, but also stop all added sweetness. I think my brain really needed that.

But harder than going low carb was adjusting to tea without sweetness. I will never go back to adding sweetness. I think it can be a time bomb or at least full of potential unknown consequences.

If this new "sugar" is not something naturally found in food, out bodies / brains could just boomerang - but probably not before we first get really used to it, and addicted.

That they are planning to use this new "sugar" in medicines is alarming. Why put any sweetness in medicines, for crying out loud.

It's the "functional food" market that they are clamoring for, the highly processed fake "health" foods.

I'd like to see what Gary Taubes would say about this. He's made the research of sugar his life's work and has remarkable books and presentations.

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Any new sweetener would have me wondering as well.

Artificial Sweeteners – This is Your Brain on Drugs

By Colin Champ

The Stevia Myths

By Dr. Bruce Fife / FAIM


. . . Through my research, I have found many problems with stevia, more than I can include in this article, but I would like

to highlight six major myths and give you the facts, all of which are verified by published medical studies . . . .

Myth 1: Stevia is harmless because it comes from a plant

. . . Stevia is no more natural than is sugar or cocaine.

Sugar is extracted and refined from sugar beets.

Cocaine is extracted and refined from cocoa leaves.

Likewise, stevia sweetener is extracted and refined from stevia leaves. To call stevia an “herbal” sweetener is like calling sugar a “vegetable” sweetener because it comes from beets . . . .

Myth 3: Stevia is not addictive

. . . The addiction to sugar is not isolated to just sugar, but extends to all non-caloric sweeteners as well.

It is not as much a “sugar” addiction as it is a “sweet” addiction. . . .

[much more at link]

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