Adonis Diaries

Beware of sugar substitutes

Posted on: June 6, 2010

There is this widespread belief that sugarless substitutes are great for dieting.  No, it cannot.  Sugar substitutes may fool your taste buds, and occasionally the taste buds in your digestif system, but not your brain that requires sugar and demands it.  Suppose sugar is arbitrarily given index 100 then, the natural glucose is 70 and fructose 130.  Industrial aspartame is indexed 2,000 and sucralose 6,000 and thaumatine 30,000.  There are indications that heavy consumption of “sugarless” sodas may develop diabetes type 2.

The sense of taste is highly developed in our digestive system such as stomach, intestin, pancreas, and colon. The digestive system is lined with millions of taste bud cells that detect the molecules of sugar; thus, they trigger the processes for metabolic programs that transform nutrients into appropriate nutritive ingredients in the blood.  For example, the taste buds in the digestive system slow down absorbtion of toxic (bitter substances) and in many cases provoke vomiting what we ingurgitated.  For sugary tastes, an order is dispatched to the brain to release greater quantities of insuline in the blood to prepare the organism for the arrival of nourishment.  Otherwise, without this due preparation the body cannot recognize what is coming; for example, it was observed that when glucose is injected intravenous the body does not release enough insuline as if detected by the digestive system.

The sense of taste in the mouth is basically a quick and dirty judgement of what is swallowed in the digestive system.

Glucose or sugar is transformed into molecules of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) used in almost all functions by cells.  While taste receptors in the intestin constitute barely 1% of all types of receptors in the intestin they liberate most of the hormones in the organism. The Japanese culture has the term “umami taste” to describe the taste of glutamic acid in food rich in proteines; glutamic acid is released by the stomach.

In a sense, the “stomach” is in command; the brain follows orders.

Trust your gut. Don’t try to cheat it lest you bare the consequences.

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