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Monday, December 08, 2008

Safe Food and Drinks for Diabetics

Most of my relatives who died of diabetes were fund of eating sweets and drinking Coke and other sodas. When Virgin Cola came out of the market, we eventually changed brands mainly because of the price difference, and it was really thirst quenching when very very cold. However, it was criticized to have more sugar than all other sodas. So every time we have a party at home, we have already been cautious so as not to buy Virgin anymore. Of course, Coke has always been the family favorite ever since so we switched back to Coke instead, but now that my parents have medications and all to maintain, we take it in moderation. My father have even resorted to Del Monte Fit n Right, thereby telling me also to trim down and drink it too. On ordinary days, we have Tibicos Mushroom juice in the refrigerator that is thirst quenching also. Although it has this really funny smell and after taste. But once you get the hang of it, you get hooked. And during parties, we have Red Wine instead of beer for the drinking session. Well, according to my father, every thing's all for its health benefits.

Every now and then, we talk about food and health and drinks and health, and so on and so forth. My father can not help but enumerate all the things our relatives failed to do in keeping a safe and healthy body and lifestyle. And since we have the complete set of gym equipments at home, my father would always tell me to put them to use aside from all the food and drinks that he mentions every so often. Having all these in mind, I cannot help but worry sometimes and tell myself to be motivated to go the way my father is going--- a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and exercise. So one day, out of curiosity if there is ever a drink or food that could somehow help, my mouse clicking fingers led me to a site

There I found out that there are food and drinks with Xylitol, which is a naturally occurring sweetener taken from plant sources that has many benefits. Xylitol is not sugar, but it's a sugar alcohol. There are also other sugar alcohols which include erythritol, maltitol and sorbitol. However, it is different from the other sugars in such a way that it has five, carbon atoms and not six like the others. It is classified as a low calorie (2.4 calories per gram), low carbohydrate natural sweetener, it is considered beneficial for your teeth and completely safe for diabetics.

Wow! Safe-- I guess that's the word we should look for. But we should also know how it is safe. According to this site I found, it has no toxicity and has not been linked to any form of disease. Xylitol re-balances the body's pH by creating an alkaline environment that helps the body fight bacteria, viruses, and parasites that have a tendency to grow in an acidic environment. Because of its high fiber content, if we consume more than 12 grams in one meal, will help yield a laxative effect to varying degrees. Hmm... interesting, ayt? If my relatives are still alive, I could have shared this information with them too.

Oh well, there is more to know really. So maybe you should the site and see for yourself... Visit this site guys and tell me what you think too. Feel free to leave your comments. Thanks...

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