Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz Dish on Dangers of Fake and Real Sugars

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When it comes to what to eat and what to skip, you can find food for thought for almost any theory on the Internet (anyone up for a repeat of that cabbage soup diet, burp?). That's why, when it comes to knowing that these experts have done their homework as to the most detailed and latest studies, we rely on Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen. In a June 28 column, this dynamic duo took an in-depth look at the safety of those popular blue, pink and yellow packets of artificial sweeteners. And the results are enough to ruin your appetite for another sugar-free latte with sugar-free whipped cream.

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Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen repeatedly issue this recommendation: "Avoid all added sugars and sugar syrups." What does that mean? Read the labels, folks. If you see words like dextrose, sucrose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, brown sugar, cane sugar and molasses, it all translates to one key warning: Avoid. Now the two doctors are expanding that warning to add fake sugars as well. They're concerned about how your body reacts to sucralose, which stimulates extremely high blood glucose levels and raises insulin levels. These reactions could take you on the path to type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. And they note that they are concerned that other artificial sweeteners stimulate the same physical reaction. Learn more about the study on sucralose and its impact on the body in this New York Times article.

What to Eat
Wondering what the heck to eat when you feel as if you've got to have something sweet? Here's some berry good news: Berries, apples, peaches, nectarines, melon - nature's finest truly sweet fruits are in season now. Examples of menus that Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen recommend:

  • Nonfat Greek yogurt with whole grains and blueberries for breakfast
  • Mango-chili pepper-lime-and-cilantro salsa on salmon or tuna salad for lunch
  • For dinner, enjoy a baked beta-carotene-loaded sweet potato topped with a veggie compote of zucchini, onions, red peppers, garlic and fresh thyme.
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