Our food often does provide us with enough of the most important nutrients and vitamins. Unfortunately, however, there is usually a disproportionate amount of sugar (and fat) as well, which can considerably damage our health over time.
Not only the commonly known sucrose (normal sugar), but also sugar combinations such as those used in commercial beverages increase the daily sugar load. “Sugar” is rarely seen in ingredient lists. Much more often, the unhealthy sweetener is deceptively referred to as inverted sugar syrup, glucose syrup, fructose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, or dextrose – all “problem sugars”.
Graph: A low glycemic index (GI) leads to low blood sugar, and a high GI to high blood sugar levels. The greater the blood sugar spike, the more stress and strain there is on the pancreas.
Spikes in blood sugar, caused primarily by sugar, white flour, and alcohol, require a fast and heavy secretion of insulin. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels, and high insulin production can be very taxing on the pancreas. This can foster the development of type-2 diabetes in people who are genetically predisposed to it (the primary causes of type-2 diabetes in people with genetic predisposition are obesity and lack of exercise).
In contrast to sugar, enjoying Xucker only raises your blood sugar to a minor degree, resulting in a small and slow secretion of insulin. Xucker Light doesn’t raise your blood sugar at all. Xucker Light has a glycemic index of 0, Xucker only 10, sugar 65, glucose 100, and beer has a GI of 110!
The popular belief that insulin is also secreted when you consume food and beverages containing Xucker or other sugar substitutes is not correct. Blood sugar levels rise only negligibly without the intake of sugar, starches, or alcohol, and high blood sugar levels are the main trigger for insulin secretion! Replacing sugar with Xucker (xylitol) and Xucker Light (erythritol) therefore helps relieve stress on the pancreas.
Individuals with a genetic predisposition to type-2 diabetes can reduce the risk of early onset of the disease by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Another problem with high blood sugar is the so-called Rebound-Effekt, which occurs when the blood sugar sinks down below the normal range after a spike. Low blood sugar levels make you feel hungry, so more food with a high glycemic index is consumed, creating a vicious cycle that leads to weight gain.
The sugar-loaded breakfast cereals that kids love are therefore not a good way to start the day – even if they’re sweetened with honey. A better solution is nutritious granola sweetened with Xucker or Xucker Light as needed, ideally together with fresh seasonal fruit.