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Natural Sweeteners

Evaporated Cane Juice

Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals This is made by pressing sugar cane stalks in order to extract the plant's sugary juice, and then the resultant liquid is allowed to crystallize. The sugar crystals are ground and sold. This ancient procedure produces the only real powdered sugar that the world has ever known. The powder is a beige color in its natural and organic form. The crystals of real cane juice should always be purchased instead of the brilliantly white "cane sugar", which is commonly known as "table sugar". Evaporated cane juice is our top recommendation for anyone needing a powdered sugar, and we confidently use it ourselves. The only ingredient listed should be "evaporated cane juice". If a product's label has any deviations from this, then you may know that its producer is dishonest, because it is not truly sugar anymore. Be cautious to never confuse evaporated cane juice with "pure" cane juice, or any of the other word combinations that have been carefully designed to mislead customers. It is a trick to snare the somewhat health-conscious. The powdery alternatives to evaporated cane juice are neither pure, nor are they healthy, as will be thoroughly explained in the section about processed sugars.


Honey provides an abundance of health benefits. It contains anti-histamines that are specific to all of the pollens that its maker bees were exposed to. For this reason, getting honey that was produced by local bees can make a dramatic difference for those with environmental allergies. Honey also contains magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-1, and a small amount of vitamin C. It does not cause the spikes in blood sugar that regular sugars do. This is believed to be in part because of the B-vitamins that it contains, which are known to help the body to regulate sugars. Honey is probably the healthiest sweetener in existence overall, and it outclasses even evaporated cane juice. Honey is the gold standard of sweeteners. It is the only sweetener mentioned in the Bible, as one of the few foods which God considered to be good enough for the infant Christ.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is the sap of the sugar maple tree. It is usually pasteurized (heated) to eliminate bacteria, but it is otherwise unaltered. It contains iron and magnesium. Be wary of imitations that use deceptive labeling, such as "maple flavored syrup". These are usually made of high fructose corn syrup that has been mixed with other chemical flavorings.


Stevia is a plant that is native to South America. It is ten to fifteen times sweeter than sugar. The organic green powder is sold online and at some health food stores. It is added to foods and hot drinks. Stevia is estimated to have been used in South America for over 1,500 years. Some people find its bitter aftertaste to be disagreeable, whilst others enjoy its unique flavor.

The majority of products that are sold "with stevia" do not actually contain any stevia. It is more words games from the industry, which were blessed by the F.D.A. again. These products merely contain one chemically-extracted component of the stevia plant. Real stevia leaves cannot be added to commercial foods within the United States, because the F.D.A. labeled stevia as an "unsafe food additive" in 1991. This was done entirely by fiat, for there are no reports of any human ever having been harmed by stevia throughout history. At that time, Arizona congressman Jon Kyl, described the F.D.A.'s response to be "a restraint of trade to benefit the artificial sweetener industry". In December of 2008, the F.D.A. gave approval for the chemical Truvia (developed by Coca Cola) and PureVia (developed by Pepsi), both of which use rebaudioside A, a compound that is found within the stevia plant. Organic stevia leaves, which have been used as a sweetener for millennia, remain banned in U.S. foods. Instead of having stevia as an option, American shoppers have PepsiCo's 'stevia'.

Some of the products dishonestly state on the label that they contain "stevia leaf extract". This would have been true only if the constituents of the stevia leaf had been extracted by pressing or boiling. In actuality, it is chemically extracted using industrial solvents. The labels never state that it contains a compound that was chemically extracted from the stevia plant, then isolated with industrial solvents. The agenda is to get health-conscious consumers addicted to these products from the chemical industry, so that true stevia, which is unpatentable, never gains a large market share.

While the stevia plant is absolutely safe enough to literally eat, we warn against the chemically-extracted imitations that are being sold as "stevia". Be advised that real stevia is never white. The long-term effects of the synthetic imitations and extracts are unknown.


Rich Murray
# methanol from aspartame etc. becomes formaldehyde Rich Murray 2015-09-27 23:19
Aspartame releases 11% of its weight as methanol into the human blood flow from the human GI tract.

Methanol has a human blood half-life of 3 hours, while its potent antidote, ethanol, has a half-life of only 1/3 hour. Ethanol in the blood preoccupies ADH1 enzyme, preventing it from making up to 16 times higher molar concentrations of methanol into formaldehyde inside human cells.

Humans are ten to a hundred times more vulnerable to acute and chronic methanol toxicity than any other creature, as human cells lack protective biochemical defenses against high levels of ADH1 enzyme in 20 tissues making methanol into highly reactive uncontrolled formaldehyde hydrate within the cytosol.

The gradual chronic results for each of the 20 tissues include cumulative random inflamed spots of harm, autoimmune diseases, many cancers, birth defects, and impaired aerobic cellular ATP energy metabolism in the mitocrondria, leading to acidosis from build up of lactic acid from anerobic energy metabolism.

Thus, evidence that this happens for any tissue adds to the evidence that all 20 tissues are harmed.

Methanol comes from wood, peat, and cigarette smoke; aspartame; dark wines, liquors, and fruit brandies; fresh tomatoes and black currants, and unfresh fruits, juices, and vegetables, cut up, heated, and preserved wet in sealed cans, jars, and plastics (due to the degradation of pectins), as well as methanol added to gasoline fuels in Iran and China.

Prof. WC Monte, Food Science and Nutrition, Arizona State University, retired 2004, gives a free online archive of 782 full text medical science references at his site WhileScienceSleeps, and in August 2015 published his peer-reviewed research study on methanol and autism (as a human birth defect):

142 mg methanol weekly is provided by 6.5 cans aspartame diet drink, about 1 can daily, the amount used by 161 moms, whose kids became autistic, over twice the methanol taken by 550 moms who had no autistic kids.

dietary methanol and autism, Ralph G. Walton, Woodrow C. Monte, in press, Medical Hypotheses (now peer reviewed), free full rich text, 38 references: Rich Murray 2015.07.06

within the fellowship of service, Rich Murray MA
Kenneth Quinn
# Erythritol Kenneth Quinn 2015-09-27 23:22
I have read a few of these articles on the different sugars and they always leave out Erythritol. I buy it on Amazon.com and it states on the bag: 0 calories, registers zero on the glycemic index, and non-GMO. It tastes just like sugar with no aftertaste. Since it seems to good to be true, what are the negative qualities?
Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2015-09-28 18:48
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol, so you should reference that section under Processed Sweeteners.
Kathleen Scott
# Great Article Kathleen Scott 2015-09-28 20:58
Thank your for writing such a great article. I will be sharing this for sure. I buy raw local honey and grow my own stevia. I use honey for baking and making jams and jellies instead of sugar. Glad to know I am doing somethings right.
David Tutwiler
# on table sugar David Tutwiler 2015-09-29 18:28
I worked in a lab where we used a product called Biocide which means "kills any living thing." It is chlorine dioxide. We wore Tyvek suits, surgical gloves, and respirators in a six percent humidity environment to use it. I remember the manager who refused to wear the gloves had the skin eaten away around the nail of all of his fingers from the Biocide.

If this is what is used to process table sugar, it's no wonder sugar abuse bothers the heart, and every other part of the body. Making this connection is such a new outlook on the matter.

Or "cattle bone char"? Prions will survive that.

Say grace before feeding your face.

Read "Sugar Blues" by William Dufty (one penny on Amazon.)Very interesting history of the global sugar industry from the beginning. Brave the political bias, and it's an eye-opening read- worth every penny (shipping was $3.99.)

I'm wondering if these substitutes are practical and accessible. very interesting article, none-the-less. Type this title in a search:
Sweet proteins – Potential replacement for artificial low calorie sweeteners, or use:
Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2015-09-30 19:30
You seem smart, yet you haven't learnt the most important lesson. Trying to out-engineer God is why we are having the problems that we are having.
David Tutwiler
# David Tutwiler 2016-02-04 15:55
How do you interpret my words as "trying to out-engineer God"? I made three points with an anecdote, a book, and an article. All in agreement with your article. I would never do such.

My outlook on that is "To walk on water, don the full armor."
Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor)
# Thomas Corriher (Managing Editor) 2016-02-08 11:50
Sarah said that trying to outsmart God was the problem, but not necessarily that you were doing it personally. In other words, you missed the biggest problem, but that does not make you the problem. The point was that for the last 10,000 years, people have been trying to improve nature through sorcery, pharmakeia, and now its being called "chemistry". It's an old story. Throughout that expansive period, not a single man-made formulation has ever had a reasonable help-to-harm ratio for health. Take for example Tylenol as one of the "safe" potions. It damages the liver, kidneys, and the intestinal flora to stress them for years and thereby cause a myriad of seemingly unrelated health problems, including a debilitated immune system. So, was that headache really worth it? Oh, but it gets better. Something that is blacked-out of the U.S. media is that Tylenol, when mixed with alcohol, can kill a human being within hours. It's why there are so many college-age "binge" drinkers who died, because they tried to treat their hangovers with Tylenol.

Anyway, we didn't accuse you of being the problem, David. However, it is precisely the weight of that armor which may pull you under.
Alexandra Schenker
# Organic coconut sugar? Alexandra Schenker 2016-03-13 20:45
I like your article and agree with it, I just wanted to ask you if organic coconut sugar a good sugar is, cause where I live it's impossible to get non processed sugar, but you can get coconut sugar. Any insight would highly appreciated (I suffer from hashimoto thyroiditis) thanks!

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