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Reducing Sugar Intake Without Dieting!

Dr. Sonya Nobbe, ND

Are sugar alternatives safe? Most of us are aware of the negative health consequences of sugar, but what about their chemical replacements in the variety of “sugar-free” food choices? A recent study by Washington University researchers published in the journal Diabetes Care, suggests that ingestion of sucralose (Splenda) may increase insulin levels by up to 20%, thereby promoting diabetes and weight gain. Aspartame is another common sugar alternative with known health risks, such as migraines and seizures, when consumed in high quantities or by sensitive people. Fructose can cause a diabetes-like disease in the liver called “fatty liver”. The science that links both sugar and its replacements to chronic disease symptoms is quite extensive. Here are some practical tips to help you reduce these ingredients in your daily routine, without going on a diet!

1. Stevia is an herbal sugar replacement (i.e. not artificial) that is chemically dis-similar to sugar. This means that it’s metabolized safely by other mechanisms that don’t disturb normal sugar metabolism and weight management.

2. Add a bit of salt! Salt can actually enhance your perception of the sweetness of some dishes, and if you balance this with addition of high-potassium foods, the dish is far less likely to affect blood pressure. (See our article on blood pressure and salt, here.)

3. Enhance the natural sweetness

Have You Signed up for CSA?

~ Dr. Christina Vlahopoulos, ND

It is really hard to think about fresh local vegetables and farmer’s markets when it is still snowing out but believe it or not, it is that time of the year again – time to sign up for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Although the ground is still covered in snow, farmers in our area are gearing up for a new season in the hopes of growing and selling amazing produce this summer.

Generally speaking, less than 10% of food imported into Canada is inspected. Furthermore, “product of Canada” doesn’t necessarily mean, “grown in Canada.” What the CSA provides is an alternative to produce being picked too early and shipped for hundreds if not thousands of kilometers before making it to your kitchen. If you are not familiar with the concept of CSA, it is a great way to get fresh, seasonal, organic vegetables and support a local farmer.

Each farm is slightly different but most CSA farms require people to sign up

KIHC Fall Workshop Schedule

Our workshop series provides specialized information in a concise, affordable format, and is one important way we like to support our Kingston community. Please contact us for more information. Our classes often require a minimum and maximum number of participants, so please be sure to register as early as possible. Advanced registration is required.

Please help us make our workshop space a critical health resource for our patients and our community. A pdf copy of our fall workshop schedule is available here: KIHC Fall Workshop Schedule 2011.

Some classes are eligible for reimbursement by extended healthcare plans and may be tax deductible.

We welcome your telephone calls and emails with questions and feedback.