Honey, Sugar, Molasses, Agave, Stevia & Other Natural Sweeteners: Which Are Actually Good for You?

Posted June 28, 2007. There have been 20 comments

Honey is a natural sweetener, but shouldn't be consumed by people with candidiasis or blood sugar problems. Read here about other natural, yet healthier alternatives - including a brand new one on the way soon!

Everyone enjoys the sweet taste, but even most natural sweeteners feed candida (a systemic fungal infection), which destroys your immune system and creates uncontrollable cravings for more sugar.

The good news is that healthy natural sweeteners do exist. In fact, for decades I've been researching sweeteners all over the world to uncover those that would be optimal for your health.

Read on to learn more - including insights on the newest and most exciting sweetener on the market!

Sugar - Is it Natural?

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate made up of fructose, and glucose. These two simple sugars join to create sucrose.

While sucrose is found naturally in plants and fruits, the refining process required to make granulated sugar (including cane, raw, or brown sugar) is what makes it bad for consumption.

America's addiction to sugar has created an epidemic of health and immune problems including candida, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, and obesity.

For more details on the dangers of eating sugar, read: The 25 Key Reasons to Dramatically Reduce or Avoid Sugar in Your Diet.

Raw, Organic Honey

People have been eating honey for thousands of years, and raw honey is believed to have a number of health benefits, particularly antimicrobial, wound healing qualities.

Raw honey is one and a half times sweeter than sugar; however, it still feeds the systemic yeast infection, candida. It also raises blood sugar almost as much as table sugar1

For these reasons, honey is not included in stage one of the Body Ecology program.

Once you are free of candida symptoms, and your digestive tract is well populated with the friendly microfloraessential for good health, you may be able to handle small amounts of raw, organic honey if it is properly combined. The food combining rule for honey is to eat it alone on an empty stomach. This means the first thing in the morning. For example you might prepare a hot cup of tea and put honey in it.

The best honey in the world is active manuka honey from New Zealand. You want to purchase active manukahoney with a fairly high UMF rating. While +10 may be available in your health food store, the highest I have purchased is +35. Over twenty years of research at Waikato University in New Zealand has shown that this special honey naturally destroys bacteria including staphaureus, streptococcus (even antibiotic resistant MRSA, Golden Staph), as well as h. pylori (helicobacter pylori), the bacteria typically associated to stomach ulcers. For more information please visit the website of the Waikato University athttp://bio.waikato.ac.nz/honey/evidence.shtml.

Crude Blackstrap Molasses

Molasses is made by refining sugarcane and sugar beets. During processing, sugar crystals are extracted leaving a dark, syrupy mixture.

If the molasses is from sugarcane grown in high quality soil, it can have an abundance of minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium.

Blackstrap Molasses is the darkest color molasses you can get, and this indicates the presence of less sugar, and more nutrients.

Again, even this healthiest version of molasses will feed candida and would only be eaten on an empty stomach (see honey above) after your inner ecosystem is well established and your candida symptoms have completely disappeared.

Agave

Agave is derived from a plant found mainly in Mexico and contains a sweet, sticky juice that is ninety percent fructose.

Until recently blue agave was used only for tequila distilling. Then growers found a way to process agave, and convert it into something called hydrolyzed high fructose inulin syrup.

This chemically processed agave is similar to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sugar with serious health implications.

In fact, some agave distributors have been caught re-labeling HFCS as agave syrup!2

It is difficult to tell whether the agave syrup sold on the market is from a toxic variety of agave, which might be used due to the shortage of blue agave, or whether it is the highly processed fructose syrup.

For these reasons, it is best to avoid agave syrup until further legal mandates are in place to ensure its source, and its safety.

Curb Your Sugar Cravings

Fermented foods and drinks have been used throughout history and have many benefits. One great benefit is that they stop your cravings for sugar and carbohydrates! This is one of the most important reasons why fermented foods and drinks are a mainstay of the Body Ecology system of health and healing. Could ending the current epidemic of obesity be as simple as adding fermented foods and liquids to the American diet? Now you can begin to see why we at Body Ecology take our work very seriously.

To stop those cravings for sugar, carbohydrates and even alcohol, you can make Young Coconut Kefir at home using fresh coconut water and our Body Ecology starters. Simply start drinking one pint (2 cups) per day and in about four days you'll notice that your cravings for sugar and alcohol will disappear. Our other fermented liquids like CocoBiotic and Dong Quai are convenient (they come already made so you don't need to do any preparation) and help replace cravings for sugar with cravings for healthy, nourishing foods.

Once cravings for strong sugars stop, you'll find yourself feeling truly satisfied with the more subtle sweetness in fruits and in vegetables.

The MOST HIGHLY Recommended Natural Sweeteners by Body Ecology

Until your energy and health returns, I recommend that you use only these natural sweeteners - they do NOT feed candida.

Stevia

Stevia is all natural, has zero calories, does not cause blood sugar spikes, and does NOT feed candida. Try convenient, delicious Stevia Liquid Concentrate to healthfully satisfy your sweet tooth!Read More About the Top-Recommended Stevia Now!

Stevia, is derived from a small shrub found primarily in China and South America, and is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. In its unrefined yet medicinal form it has a slight licorice taste that makes it unpleasant as a sweetener. Many years ago the Japanese discovered how to extract the two sweet elements in stevia, (rebaudioside and stevioside) from the leaf creating the safest, natural, calorie-free sweetener on the market today.

Fifteen years ago when the FDA put a ban on the importation of stevia into the US, I was fortunate to have obtained a large supply of it just prior to the ban. I created a grass roots movement turning on tens of thousands of people to stevia with the help of Doctors Robert Atkins, Andrew Weil and Jullian Whittaker. We all understood how important stevia could be to an American public that seemed to be addicted to sugar and aspartame. Coca Cola, part of the group trying to suppress stevia at that time ironically has now asked the FDA to approve it for use in their Diet Coke.

Here are some of the benefits of stevia:

· It has a long history of safe use as an herbal sweetener, and as an antifungalanti-inflammatory, and antibiotic agent.

· It helps balance the pancreas, which is quite often compromised in people with candida.

· It is recommended for diabetics and for people with hypoglycemia.

· It regulates the digestive tract and greatly increases energy.

Stevia is wonderful in teas, our fermented drinks and as a sweetener in quinoa flakes cooked into a cereal for breakfast. It is especially delicious with the flavor of fruit and with dairy foods. However, it is not as versatile for baking. Stevia comes in a powder form and as a liquid in different concentrations. Getting just the right amount of sweetness can be tricky. At Body Ecology we created our own version of Stevia using only the finest quality rebaudioside and stevia extracts. We then filter it to remove the licorice-like aftertaste. It is delicious, with the perfect amount of sweetness.

Now that Coca-Cola is using stevia, I feel that we have crossed an important milestone. With 65% of Americans overweight and even obese, we now have a chance to overcome our addictions with both stevia and probiotic foods and liquids that control cravings.

Xylitol

Also healthy and natural, xylitol sweetener is extracted from birch cellulose. Xylitol does not feed candida and has these benefits:

  • It has been clinically proven to fight dental cavities, and to facilitate the remineralization of dental enamel.3
  • It tastes similar to sugar, with 40% fewer calories.
  • It helps stabilize blood sugar.

Lo Han

Lo Han, another natural sweetener that does not feed candida, is extracted from the Lo Han Guo fruit, which is a member of the gourd family. (See below for a special announcement from Body Ecology related to Lo Han!)

Here are some benefits of Lo Han:

  • It is 250-400 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Is calorie free.
  • Like Stevia and xylitol, it is safe for diabetics and hypoglycemics.
  • It is used as a medicinal herb in Southern China, and for treating coughs and sore throats.

Body Ecology's Soon-to-be-Announced Natural Sweetener!

After decades of searching, Body Ecology has finally found the perfect companion to our popular, best-tasting stevia liquid concentrate. While Stevia has long been recommended by Body Ecology for beverages, tea, fruit and dairy foods, we have also been aware of its limitations. What we wanted and needed in our system of healing was a safe, natural sweetener that could be used for baking, particularly since so many parents want to make treats for their kids. And at last we are pleased to say we have found it.

This natural sweetener we will be announcing soon has these amazing characteristics:

  • Zero calories
  • All natural ingredients
  • Sweetness equal to sugar
  • No aftertaste
  • Heat resistance makes it excellent for baking
  • No influence on blood sugar or insulin
  • Can be used anywhere in place of sugar
  • Prevents cavities
  • Comes in granulated, cubed, and syrup forms
  • Does NOT feed candida

Stay tuned to this newsletter for the unveiling of this delicious natural sweetener soon. It's sure to become your favorite way to beat sugar cravings and enjoy sweets - the healthy, Body Ecology way!

Sources:

  1. Food and Diet in Diabetes
    http://www.diabetesnet.com/diabetes_food_diet/glycemic_index.php
  2. From "Sweet Deception" by Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Kendra Degen Pearsall, 2006
  3. Benefits of using Xylitol
    http://www.dentist.net/xylitol-benefits.asp

Post Categories: By Donna Gates Candida Fermented Foods Probiotics Sugar Substitute

20 Comments

  • The best honey in the world is Manuka???...hah! Be serious now. There is nothing like raw honey from our hard working bees! Honey has been treasured for centuries! Honey is ANTIFUNGAL AND CANNOT FEED CANDIDA. What feeds Candida is Hypothyroidism. By balancing our thyroid and getting enough Iodine in our bodies candida will be history....! Candida cannot survive when there's enough Iodine in our bodies! So no matter how strict we are with our diet, no matter how well we avoid sugar of any kind, candida will be on a roller coaster - coming and going-coming and going....coming and staying.......

    Posted on Jul 20 at 12:51 pm

  • I noticed that this article was written in '07. Since then it has been found that Stevia along with Splenda has enough detrimental side effects to avoid them. Xylitol seems to be the only alternative sweetner that still seems to be safe. Being approved by the FDA is no guarantee that the product is really safe to use over a period of time.

    Posted on Jan 18 at 11:58 am

  • Is the natural sweetener you are to announce soon Erythriol?

    Posted on Jan 4 at 4:47 pm

  • Jason - "Sugar doesn't feed yeast?" Have you ever made home made bread??? What is needed to proof the yeast is sugar! And yes, yeast is a sponge...a sponge for toxins (you are correct!). But where you are misled...yeast stays in our bodies along with the toxins it is absorbing. And unless we eliminate our sugar intake we will continue to feed the yeast which is soaking up those toxins and causing the fungal infections and ailments among us. The "SAD" diet, which Americans are accustomed to IS very "sad..." The government and food corporations are literally murdering us with refined products. Happy eating.

    Posted on Sep 5 at 8:37 pm

  • To answer several of teh questions that were previously asked :

    Any fruits, fruit sweeteners, sugar, syrups, molds, or high carb foods are not a healthy choice for candida sufferers. All fo these things feed the candida. Candida needs foods high in carbs, like sugar and potatoes or grains, to actually biuld its cell walls wich is what the carbon is used for. All vinigars but apple cider vinigar feed the candida. Apple cider vinigar is the one out of all of them that acctually destoys the candida albicans and allows and assists the repopulation of healthy bacteria-like probiotics-in the gut. Another thing to steer clear from is glutinous foods. The gluten molecule is similar to teh candida albicans fungus and feeds that too. I don't really know about Ethritol, it is a low-glycemic sugar alcohol, but the word "sugar" in sugar-alcohol kind of throws one off. It is best to stay away from the things that one does not know about when it comes to this infection. Yogurts and Kefirs that are unsweetened are great editions to the candida diet because they repopulate healthy bacteria- lactobacillus acidophilus and such like- in the gut as well, but other fermented options like soy sauce, coconut aminos, tamari, rice vinigar, and bread made with yeast or vinigar feed the candida too.

    I pray that this is put to benificial use by all,
    Thank you,
    Gracie

    Posted on Mar 2 at 3:11 pm

  • My doctor almost put me on heart medications due to my (off the charts) high Triglycerides...then we discovered it was the Agave, that sometimes causes the count rise...so I stopped the Agave, and all returned to "normal".

    Posted on Feb 27 at 10:14 am

  • I am a type 1 diabetic about to start the diet, I am wondering about lows and what you would suggest I take to bring up my blood sugar?

    Posted on Feb 6 at 11:52 am

  • warm hello

    i would like more information about fermented foods
    feeding the yeast

    i suspected that was my issue

    also id like to know about coconut syrup....or sugar
    if it feeds candida

    i was following the gaps diet
    it was working well until i started eating kefier
    a fermented food
    i was also drinking the juice of pickles which seemed ok
    but the keifer is not working is my guess
    but its hard to trust myself as it suppose to be so good and packed with healthy bacteria
    to help with constipation etc...

    id love any help i can get
    i have been living with this candida constipation thing all of my life
    i do my best to avoid sweets
    and then im ok
    but after a while i feel like i need something to eat
    besides veges and meat
    grains seem to be the worst thing for me
    i find the blood type diet (im a type O) is really important information

    Posted on Dec 11 at 2:57 am

  • What about Erythritol. A new protein bar "Quest" has Erythritol, Lo Han Guo, Stevia. So I am asking if Erythritol. My Functional Medicine dr. said that only Stevia does not affect the blood sugar, but she also has now told me to refer to Body Ecology and fermenting. What can you tell me about Erythritol. Do you know if this protein bar is acceptable on the BED? What about Think Thin found at Kroger's health food section. I LOVE these. But I must get back to basics otherwise I'll be full blown sugar addict again. I've taken everything under the sun to get rid of yeast and even though my food allerg y test results show reduction in food allergies, my yeast has remainded high for over 10 years of testing. Perhaps it is normal for me.
    Thank you

    Posted on Oct 20 at 6:18 pm

  • I am confused on who said what and who the author is. But as far as yeast goes... Speaking from experience I am prone to Candidia and I know that if I start obsessing over eating foods with bad sugar in them that I am having a yeast issue. I confirm that Candidia is the enemy as it constantly causes problems for me. But everyone needs a little sweet in their lives and I have been searching for something that works for me. I do not like the taste of stevia. I'm going to try xylitol. Thanks for the info..

    Posted on Oct 2 at 1:15 am

  • Debbie is an idiot. Body Ecology's Soon-to-be-Announced Natural Sweetener is the best stuff ever!

    Posted on Aug 31 at 6:06 pm

  • Jason, go do your research and come back. your information is incorrect. Sugar DOES feed the bad yeast in your body. if you immune system is suppressed, it will thrive off of sugar..also coming from starches and high carbs. so you have cravings for the very foods because candida (the bad yeast) wants that to feed off of. Everyone has yeasts in the body but not an overabundance of bad yeasts. so specifically your information is incorrect. our body also runs on certain sugars but not sugars that are refined and over-processed. white sugar and brown sugar is a death sentence. there are other foods you can eat to get GOOD sugars from. TRY YACON SYRUP. Its the best on the market for something sweet.

    Posted on Jul 9 at 2:10 am

  • Sugar doesn't feed yeast. Fermenting foods do.

    Yeast is in everyone and as we make poor meal choices and/or combinations the need for yeast to overgrow and digest the fermented food particles becomes necessary. Yeast overgrowth also protects us from toxins, chemicals, & metals as it acts like a sponge and absorbs the harmful molecules (protects our tissue)

    Candida isn't the enemy
    Bacteria aren't the enemy

    Suppressing your immune system through exposure to toxins and crap food IS the enemy.

    Learn the facts people.

    Posted on Apr 15 at 12:17 pm

  • For me, It is natural sweeteners. To be exact, its brand name is natvia. It really helps me maintain my blood sugar level and also it helps me maintain my figure. You should try this one.

    Posted on Mar 13 at 5:00 am

  • Stumbled upon this older posting. (June 16)
    Is the new safe cookable sweetener you were working on available?

    Posted on Jan 23 at 11:02 am

  • I want to know if coconut nectar is OK too. Please tell.

    Posted on Oct 2 at 9:15 am

  • What about coconut nectar? Does it feed candida?

    Posted on Aug 31 at 4:19 pm

  • I am a diabetic and would like to be able to bake safely. Could you please let me know as soon as the new (better for baking) artificial sweetener is out in the market?

    Posted on Aug 10 at 8:31 am

  • Thank you for this information! You recommend honey in a hot cup of tea. I have read from several sources that honey turns poisonous when heated and looses its beneficial properties.

    Posted on Jun 26 at 9:42 am

  • Thanks for the info great !!

    Please send email info if you have

    And fyi

    I love dried papaya is thata no no for candida?

    Posted on Jun 16 at 7:29 pm

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