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Is Monk Fruit Sweetener Safe?

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The natural plant-based sweeteners stevia and monk fruit (Luo Han Guo) are pitted head-to-head against aspartame and Splenda. Subscribe to Dr. Greger’s free nutrition newsletter at http://www.nutritionfacts.org/subscribe and get a free excerpt from his latest NYT Bestseller HOW NOT TO DIE. (All proceeds Dr. Greger receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking directly support NutritionFacts.org). This is a link to the video I referred to: Is Stevia Good for You? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-stevia-good-for-you) I also have some other videos on aspartame and Splenda: • Aspartame and the Brain (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/Aspartame-and-the-Brain) • Effect of Sucralose (Splenda) on the Microbiome (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/effect-of-sucralose-splenda-on-the-microbiome) • Does Aspartame Cause Cancer? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/does-aspartame-cause-cancer) • Does Diet Soda Increase Stroke Risk as Much as Regular Soda? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/does-diet-soda-increase-stroke-risk-as-much-as-regular-soda) Of course sugar isn’t good for you either. How Much Added Sugar is Too Much? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-much-added-sugar-is-too-much/) and If Fructose Is Bad, What About Fruit? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/if-fructose-is-bad-what-about-fruit). Can you overdo fruit? Find out in How Much Fruit Is Too Much? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-much-fruit-is-too-much). Have a question about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-monk-fruit-sweetener-safe and someone on the NutritionFacts.org team will try to answer it. Want to get a list of links to all the scientific sources used in this video? Click on Sources Cited at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-monk-fruit-sweetener-safe. You’ll also find a transcript and acknowledgments for the video, my blog and speaking tour schedule, and an easy way to search (by translated language even) through our videos spanning more than 2,000 health topics. If you’d rather watch these videos on YouTube, subscribe to my YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=nutritionfactsorg Thanks for watching. I hope you’ll join in the evidence-based nutrition revolution! -Michael Greger, MD FACLM Captions for this video are available in several languages. To find yours, click on the settings wheel on the lower-right of the video and then "Subtitles/CC." http://www.NutritionFacts.org • Subscribe: http://www.NutritionFacts.org/subscribe • Donate: http://www.NutritionFacts.org/donate • HOW NOT TO DIE: http://nutritionfacts.org/book • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NutritionFacts.org • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nutrition_facts • Instagram: http://instagram.com/nutrition_facts_org/ • Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NutritionfactsOrgMD • Podcast : http://nutritionfacts.org/audio/
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Kurt Zindulka (3 days ago)
My partners and I have begun selling monk fruit tea, the only source of it outside China. Check out travelingdukes.com if you are interested!
Mααrʈεn M (5 days ago)
I like to get the dried lo han guo (monk fruit) and simmer in hot water. This tea is very good for throat pain/inflammation and good for long life
carly keeney (17 days ago)
Wow you saved me from purchasing the new monk fruit concentrate for coffee
Kaarina Aalto Biddulph (29 days ago)
Curious, is Synsepalum dulcificum safe as a sweetener? Does it raise the blood sugar like the stevia did after having it then eating foods?
Camille Marie (1 month ago)
so is there a flaw in the study? shouldn't they have been fed the same lunch to monitor the spike?
Whylock (1 month ago)
It's a shame they didn't measure somebody who had consumed no sugar OR sweetener too.
Bernice Anderson (1 month ago)
The people in the study ate whatever they wanted and ended up eating more later so they, at the end of the day, had the same amount of calories as they usually do or as the other group. If you are counting calories and use stevia or monk fruit to keep calorie count done---and by the end of the day you had less calories the you use to eat, you will likely be losing weight and the stevia or monk fruit helped you do that.
A A (1 month ago)
They should have had a control in which people in the control drink water so we can compare it to the sugar results.
Jason Ing (1 month ago)
So the experiment concluded that the blood sugar levels were equal due to participants having a larger lunch? What happens if the participants ate the same meal - would the blood sugar levels be different?
Davide Patti - E (1 month ago)
In summary: stay away from sweeteners, any type, including sugar.
JackedOnPlants (1 month ago)
Eat beans and nuts to blunt your blood sugar levels for up to 12hrs and you’ll be good;)
maremacd (1 month ago)
So, if I use stevia and have enough self control not to overeat at my next meal, I’m ok? I am unsubscribing because I absolutely hate the way he bases his conclusions on one or two random studies. He is absolutely full of shit.
Marc Gratton (1 month ago)
Please talk to me about turmaline
LIFE STARTS NOW (1 month ago)
Mah Zag (1 month ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnlKHn4zh2c Please please please check this out Dr. Greger Chris Walker is someone who I follow his videos and studies almost religiously, and when it started to come towards beans I started to hesitate I don't consume soy for several reasons, but I do consume a lot of other kinds of beans on a daily basis as an athletic vegan Hormonal balance is something crucial to me, and when he starts to talk about depression of thyroid, reproductive, and elevation of stress hormones... all of this from the consumption of beans, THIS SCARES THE SHIT OUT OF ME I thought it's about the omega6 in the beans, and researched until I found that "urad dal / mungo beans" have amazing ratio of omega3 to omeag6 But now he talks about prolectins, goitrogenic compounds, phytoestrogen thats fucks up our hormones in a way or another, and phytic acid as well So please doctor, for the sake of putting an end to this, do some studies and show us any papers, researches, journals that either support his theory or put it down completely Thanks a lot
Jeffrey Lupo (1 month ago)
The video here as well as the original article on the study are both misleading. I share how here: https://steemit.com/life/@cosimo/lies-in-health-regarding-stevia-vs-sugar
Dr Gregor what should I recommend to my clients and family members that are diabetic?
47retta (1 month ago)
So what happens when you drink water with your meals? Why didn't they test that?
Maureen K (1 month ago)
Thank you for another great video.
Laurie Paris (1 month ago)
Has anyone seen monk fruit in the market here in the States, and tasted it? If so, can you describe the flavor, please?
Laurie Paris (1 month ago)
This study bears out a casual observation of mine, in that humans who maintain a stable "set" weigh, tend to self- regulate their caloric intake almost intuitively. So if the are deficient in calories in one meal, they will make up for it in another, and visa versa. My take away from this video, is that if you are looking to lose weight, and use sweeteners, don't rely on your normal satiety after a meal, instead carefully plan your meals to create a caloric deficit or just "Hara hachi bu"... eat until ALMOST full .
Matt Lauer (1 month ago)
kemicbi (1 month ago)
Yeah I don't get, do you mean the non sugar sweeteners were increasing people appetite which would result in them consuming more calories not an issue if you stick to a balanced diet
Edrao Morc (1 month ago)
Hilarious. By this logic, even drinking a glass of water would probably cause a spike in blood sugar and cause you to eat more food.
DingLabs (1 month ago)
What if they drank plain water, would they have had the exact same large spike later in the day, meaning the artificial sweeteners are as harmless as water?
Alvin Lee (1 month ago)
Stevia is expensive in my neighborhood. You've helped me save on my groceries. Thank you Dr Greger.
Johanna Woodbury (1 month ago)
That's amazing.
April Hall (1 month ago)
Well, he didn't actually answer the question of whether monk fruit sweetener is safe, just discussing study about it's effects on blood sugar. It should be titled, "the effect of monk fruit sweetener on blood sugar".
Ysp (1 month ago)
Interesting stuff. I stopped using sugar in my coffee and tea a while ago and I'm noticing how I don't have these sugar crashes anymore in the late afternoon. People keep telling me I can use stevia or something like that, but I had the feeling just plain coffee (with oat milk) and plain tea (with nothing, because I saw the video about how milk ruins the good effects of tea and I figure it's the same with plant milk) is better. I wasn't sure, until now. Thank you for the info! Edit: After reading a lot of the comments I thought of this: Our sense of taste has been corrupted from early on in life by eating too many sweet things. I was using 2 teaspoons of raw cane sugar in my coffee and 1 tea spoon in my tea until a few months ago. It used to be 3 teaspoons in the coffee and 2 in the tea, but I brought that down already a while ago. About 3 months ago, I quit the sugar completely. I already don't eat processed foods, I don't eat cookies, I don't eat sugary breakfast cereals, etc. But the first 3 weeks of no sugar, it felt like giving up a drug. I was cranky from it, I hated the taste of the coffee and the tea, it tasted bitter, it was horrible. But I had promised myself to keep it up for at least a month. And on day 23 I noticed I didn't completely hate the flavor of the tea anymore. After about 6 weeks, I started noticing that especially the tea started to taste better, I was more aware of the whole flavor bouquet in the tea and it started to appeal to me. Right now when I drink a cup of tea I like it again and I don't miss the sugary taste anymore. Whenever I eat something that has sugar in it, it tastes much sweeter to me than it used to, often not in a nice way. I taste the sweetness in a carrot, apples have become a real treat to me, I taste sugar in everything. It's like my brain has learned to find sugar somewhere else. I'm glad I quit using sugar in my coffee and tea and I can really recommend it to people. Just give it a lot of time to get used to, don't give up after a week, it takes longer than that, but it's worth it.
Jose Roberto (1 month ago)
thank you for sharing your story, it gave me some hope, I think I'm going to try it.
Sara (1 month ago)
I wonder how whole leaf stevia would fair, being less refined.
Najeeb Sheikh (1 month ago)
But that did not answer the question whether it is "safe". Regardless of that, why was lunch ad libitum? They should all have been given the same lunch for a fair test.
Najeeb Sheikh (1 month ago)
Yeah but if they really wanted to see the native effect of the sweeteners on blood sugar, they should have done a controlled study with equal number of calories. What they found is that NNS lead to greater calories intake later -- that's great to know. But they should also done it the way I said to see the native effect of NNS on a meal consumed after the drink.
John Harvey (1 month ago)
Najeeb Sheikh maybe because lunch in real life is ad libitum.
Vince C (1 month ago)
QUESTION: Would water alone give the same spike in blood sugar as much as the zero calorie 'flavored' drinks after the lunch later???
Mats Mathisen (1 month ago)
Toby Hills (1 month ago)
I'm sure Dr gregor recommends sweetening a hibiscus tea drink with erythritol in another video...
Casey Hunter (1 month ago)
Were the sweeteners actually doing something to spike blood sugar when calories were later consumed or was blood sugar spike just because those people were eating more?
Pat Dawkins (1 month ago)
My husband ingested Diet Coke throughout the day for years. He developed esophageal cancer and died age 63. He was diabetic. He “craved” Diet Coke ( with Aspertame).
Enfant d'Omelas (1 month ago)
So sorry for your loss.
DJ Arnoldo (1 month ago)
Hussain Rashed (1 month ago)
Your implicit massage, in all of your videos, is to enjoy processed food as long as it is not an animal product!
John Harvey (1 month ago)
How is that implied here at all? He consistently advocates eating whole foods.
Doug Fruitarky (1 month ago)
Anybody else read Monkey fruit at first? Must be eating like one... 🍌🍎🍏🍊🍈🍉🍐🍑🍒🍓🍍🌴
Wan Li (1 month ago)
i think the point is that for the diabetics, It is better not to use any sweeteners.
Greguar12345 (1 month ago)
What about the Japanese Natto that prevents skin wrinkling and loss of bone mass? What does the literature say about that? Can you make a video about it?
N9NE (30 days ago)
Vitamin K2 is one of the Key players in Natto and soybeans in general are extremely healthy for the human body especially organically grown/non-gmo.
Enfant d'Omelas (1 month ago)
I love natto, but I doubt they will make a video on it. A lot of people seem to find it unpalatable; I think it's a lot like stinky cheese and I have acquired a taste for it, especially with spicy English mustard. Also, natto contains spermidine and Dr Greger / Nutritionfacts made a video linking spermidine in processed meats to cellulite. Personally, I think it is the spermidine that is responsible for much of the health benefits of natto (it stimulates autophagy); I don't have much cellulite and I don't think Japanese women are known for having it (rather the opposite). Along with the spermidine, there's also vitamin K2, PQQ, nattokinase, and iron. It's amazing how many traditional Japanese foods are health and longevity promoting: natto, green tea, shiitake mushrooms, wakame, shiratake noodles...
Matthew Niedbala (1 month ago)
Can someone like this so he mentions these high-antioxidant foods: black sorghum purple corn sumac sorghum yellow corn einkorn wheat
Rick Sanchez (1 month ago)
sorry but any fruits beat those anyday :)
Jenny Johnsson (1 month ago)
Talk about bad news for diabetics...
Karen Saliba (1 month ago)
So what would you recommend ?
SKPjoe Coursegold (1 month ago)
my pet mouse just died.
Kyle Kelly (1 month ago)
Youre joking right? Splenda has dextrose and maltodextrin as additives of course it will spike blood sugar! How about doing a study on liquid sucralose like found in all those water enhancers which i have been using religiously everyday for the last 8 months on a keto diet and yet somehow I have managed to lose 70 lbs...
Daniel Matthews (1 month ago)
Oh err that is a worry, I think I just go and have a cup of tea then...
Douglas Gottlieb (1 month ago)
Disappointed (but grateful) to learn this about natural sweeteners. You recently recommended Erythritol, unfortunately omitted from these studies. But it seems likely that it would have the same effect. Are you updating your post on Erythritol pending more info or is it chemically different enough to possibly escape these gotchas? Thanks for all the great videos and books!
TLOAL (1 month ago)
¿What about Yaccon Syrup?
Pj Belton (1 month ago)
What about pea protein powders that contain thaumin?
CSWRB (1 month ago)
Noooooooo! Not my beloved stevia!!! And I just tried monk fruit sweetener today- delicious. If they are all the same, might as well go back to sugar.
Emma Smith (1 month ago)
Do if you needed to choose the “lesser evil” to sweeten your green tea or coffee what would you recommend?
Easier to just use real fresh fruits as sweetener.
Channing (1 month ago)
It’s different sweeter and the result shouldn’t be the same one is natural and table sugars is not natural.. I been drinking monk fruit most of my life.
michael s (1 month ago)
Monk "fruit" is not the whole fruit, must an extract, sort of like sucrose is an extract from beets or sugar cane. Both are "natural," neither is whole.
Victor Nugraha Wijaya (1 month ago)
What monk fruit sweetener they use? From real fruit or factory already made Luo Han Guo cubes? I think this research hiding something.. 😁😁 and the amazing thing is artificial sweeteners more healthy than natural one.. good job.. 😂😂😂🤣🤣
oliviaramli (1 month ago)
I think they use artificial monk fruit n artificial stevia versus artificial sweeteners.. versus table sugar.. so the result is like this.
FUCKOU (1 month ago)
Isn't this more-so an issue of people having a diet drink then deciding because they had that diet drink they can over-eat later on? Also what food were they eating after the fact? Obviously a piece of chicken breast won't spike your blood sugar the same way a doughnut would.
Philippe Chaps (1 month ago)
I have a question! What if they all had the same lunch? Then, wouldn't we see that the NNS group have lower average blood sugar levels than the table sugar group? Also, why did they eat more? Does NNS cause hunger? Or cravings for actual sugar maybe? Thirdly, is there is no ill direct effect of those natural sweatners (beside hunger and/or craving)? If I understand this correctly, if you already have set portions to eat, then snacking on natural sweatners is actually better
Todd Powers (1 month ago)
Philippe Chaps Yes. It's been proven in other studies that NNS leave your body craving more energy, thus causing cravings you wouldn't have had otherwise. It's much better to skip any sweetened drinks and just drink water. Get your sweet tooth satisfied by consuming organically grown fruits if needed. Along with the sugars in their natural state, you'll also get fiber and plenty of other vitamins, minerals, and compounds yet to be discovered, that are healthy for your body. 😉
Kelley King (1 month ago)
Most likely, calories in the sugar water made those participants less hungry.
Hulagu Kahn (1 month ago)
JAJAJAJAJAJAA.... I thought the same thing right before you mention peeing on a preti dish..
Treviath (1 month ago)
Was there a control group to the study?
justgivemethetruth (1 month ago)
So ... after all that ... safe or not, and what is safe?
justgivemethetruth (1 month ago)
The root cause of this problem is the body's "demand" is artificially high because in eating the food that has become normal for us to eat we have cranked up our appetites and cravings. If you get to a normal diet of natural food with fiber and no artificial sweetners I bet these sweeteners would work fine because you don't need to eat more later. In other words the flaw in the study is the whole premise that feeding someone a sweetener and appealing to their bad habits does not interfere with their body's homeostasis.
Daniel (1 month ago)
Am I the only one who finds all 0 calorie sweeteners disgusting? They have a weird aftertaste and it's like my brain can tell the difference. They're sweet on the tongue but repulsive, my body wants to reject them. Some of them even make me retch.
Okto (1 month ago)
To me, the synthetic ones have a weird aftertaste, and the plant ones taste oddly enough, intensely bitter.
justgivemethetruth (1 month ago)
2:08 - "you could pee in a Petri disk and kill off cancer cells" Funny, I cannot tell you how many videos from Dr. Greger I remember where he extols the virtues of apple juice or berries juices dripped on cancer cells. What gives?
justgivemethetruth (1 month ago)
that was not what was said.
Mitchell Rees (1 month ago)
justgivemethetruth I think in those cases it is assumed that the apple and berry juices have no negative effects on normally functioning cells, whereas for these artificial/natural sweeteners this may not be the case
M S (1 month ago)
U r awesome , thanks doctor, 6 dislikes are from manufacturers of artificial sweeteners .
Kevin Jackson (1 month ago)
Is eating tons of carbs safe???????? Y'all motherfuckers are twisted.I'm creating a anti vegan antidote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The vegan cult is gonna end. I'm turning to a cannibal I can use some vegans to eliminate my constipation.
Kevin Jackson (1 month ago)
T Eye I'm really crazy!!!!!!!
T Eye (1 month ago)
Kevin Jackson Veganism isn’t a diet, crazy pants. High carb plant based does not equal Veganism.
Kaylea Forsyth (1 month ago)
As a type 1 diabetic I do not consume any “sugar free” stuff as you’ve advised most of them are not safe or affect the gut. I find these studies interesting but wondering how these would affect my sugars as I manually give myself insulin.. probably won’t test it out though.
Peter Faber (1 month ago)
It's ignored, but interesting as well, the glucose on the sweeteners did drop a little bit. That means there was a small insulin release. Not caused by the sweeteners, but a normal response because you're drinking something. It brings the glucose levels down a little bit because there is no new sugar entering the blood. Now here is the problem. This situation isn't realistic. Just one light coke and then nothing until you eat? Give these people another light coke just before eating and then see how much they eat. The way these studies are set up it is already clear what result they are hoping for.
Peter Faber My bad I misread your comment.
Peter Faber (25 days ago)
Sir, Knight The Devout. How did you reach the conclusion that that implication might exist?
Peter Faber I hope your not implying that meat is bad and dairy is a double edged sword.
Victor Nugraha Wijaya (1 month ago)
And don't forget.. most monk fruit are from China.. and there is a trade war between China n Trump. 😂😂 I think most politicians never think for their citizens, even their citizens health. They just work for their interest, all about money. I think we must do our own research. Never trust too much to "scientific research". Except all scientific research scientists don't need money anymore.. 😁😁😁 I'm laughing Everytime I read this research result showing table sugar more healthier than natural one.. Oh yes.. maybe they using factory made monk fruit cube sweetener and stevia sweeteners that already packed n sell it on the store. If that so, it's not a real monk fruit and real stevia. It's just another artificial sweeteners. 😁 But Dr Greger vlog already judging by using photo of real monk fruit as the cover. So provocative doc.. 😁😁👍👍👍
Peter Faber (1 month ago)
Kyle Kelly I think he knows what he is talking about, but he too has a preferred outcome. So he will select studies that support his preferences. It's not cherry picking studies, but a certain blindness to studies that don't agree with his preferences does exist. Unless they're paid for by the enemy, (meat, dairy, farmaceutical, etc. industries), and then that fact gets used to claim a study is invalid.
lI1I1ll (1 month ago)
This is so weird and shocking that I would like to see the results of this same exact study done again by different people with different funding.
Markus Mattiasson (1 month ago)
What about thaumatin from katemfe fruit?
Andre Bundy (1 month ago)
Can you put out some content on the effects of VAPING??? How much more safe is it than cigarettes?
Todd Powers (1 month ago)
Andre Bundy They're both terrible for your body in their own unique ways. I smoked more than a pack a day for 10+ years. Quitting was very difficult, but here I am, 19 years smoke free and feeling so much better for it.
yourbeamofsunshine (1 month ago)
Vaping give you popcorn lungs.
gdcat777 (1 month ago)
He mumbles too fast so I'm forced to hit the pause button every few seconds if not just to read the cryptic words he's highlighting.
Diane Hall (1 month ago)
How many times do I have to ask? Please, please stop dive bombing us with images of dead animals, animal cruelty!
Diane Hall (1 month ago)
I don’t care what point Dr. Greger was trying to make. I don’t want to be dive bombed with images of animal cruelty, dead animals, animal abuse. Period.
Jacob Myer (1 month ago)
I believe that to be what Dr. Greger was implying. That most of the evidence was not relevant since it was tested using animals and in more cases than not (with rats, mice, rabbits, etc...though perhaps not so much with pigs and chimps) the research does not extrapolate to humans. But then he goes to show a study that was performed on humans.
Diane Hall (1 month ago)
April Hall (1 month ago)
Diane Hall yeah. And whenever an animal study (vivisection) is referenced, my tendency is to just dismiss the information derived from it since most results from non-humans don't extrapolate to humans.
Samuel (1 month ago)
Nonsense study for whole food eaters. Surely it is better to use sweetner instead of the 16 teaspoons of sugar in your morning coffee and oatmeal and then eat the same calories as that avoided sugar later in WHOLE FRUIT or vegetables? Table sugar is dead calories with no fibre and other nutrients you are always better avoiding it,
thinkingbiggest (1 month ago)
This video leaves so many questions as you can see from reading the comments. I am more confused now than before watching this video. Please expand on this with a more detailed and comprehensive part 2!
Will Pearce (1 day ago)
thinkingbiggest, not sure if you missed the ending but he says 'they're all just as bad'. Meaning that no, monk fruit sweetener is not healthy for you, nor is stevia or other sweeteners because the next time you consume a sugary meal you also get a larger sugar spike because of the monk fruit or stevia or any zero calorie sweetener you ingested earlier. It all seems to balance out, the sugar spike can't be avoided.
Akuma (1 month ago)
Monk fruit and stevia are better than refined sucrose as they do not spike your blood sugar (stevia even has many benefits). The zero calorie sweetener groups ate more at the second meal which resulted in a greater blood sugar spike... which, of course it would. If they didn't eat more, the spike would of been the same in all groups. This video was a bit pointless and all it really did was confuse (most) people.
Dante Consonero (1 month ago)
thinkingbiggest lol that's science in a nutshell. Answer one question, 20 more pop up.
zukodude487987 (1 month ago)
I have lost 60lbs while switching over to diet pop. If you drink just the pop then of course you will get hungry, but what if you have the pop DURING a meal and see if that balances out the hunger effects. I see almost everyone who has lost weight switching over to diet pop so something in these studies is not adding up in the real world.
zukodude487987 (1 month ago)
John Harvey I switched from pop to diet a year after i already exercised and switched over to whole foods. I usually eat most of my calories at the first half of the day with one big meal and i estimate how many calories that is like for example i know my first meal is 3000kcal. Would you choose to have 2600 of those calories be solid food and 400 in soda or would you choose to have 3000kcal of solid food and have and diet pop instead. You get the same taste of soda, but with more solid food.
John Harvey (1 month ago)
There could be confounding factors, like the people switching to diet pop are also making other changes. You can't really tell until you... wait for it... PUT IT TO THE TEST. ;)
Cerenade Me (1 month ago)
Weight is not the only concern. Not getting cancer is also one of them. That should be reason enough to choose water over anything else and skip anything fake like diet soda.
michael onello (1 month ago)
glumpfi hfefef (1 month ago)
Isn't it better to compensate the calories with a meal since sugar is pretty much a dead calory? (Unless you really eat horrible stuff after your stevia drink :D)
Andrea Blount (1 month ago)
I have been waiting on this video ... it is what it is, eh?
matt t (1 month ago)
What about bitters like dandelion root that’s suppose to lower blood sugar and appetite
Korean style (1 month ago)
ну-ка вот снова нету российских субтитр :с
kinpatu (1 month ago)
Just go low carbohydrate for 3 months, and don’t use artificial sweetener, and your sweet tooth will be gone. All that junk food will look like... junk.
Todd Powers (1 month ago)
kinpatu ♥️ Excellent choice! Even oats start tasting sweet on their own. It's amazing how much sweetness some yellow peppers and a few berries add to a salad, when you've removed all processed sugars from your diet! 😊
sooooooooDark (1 month ago)
aspertame still legal to use? that info gave me brain cancer
A A (1 month ago)
DateYana yeah, I'd just take table sugar sweetened food over sugar free any day.
DateYana (1 month ago)
yeah. and you see big "SUGAR FREE" labels on packages, read the ingredients list and of course it's aspartame. either way, I generally treat "sugar free" labels as warnings rather than advertisements
Ysp (1 month ago)
In Europe it's still in lots of things. I don't understand it either, but a lot of people still have no idea how bad it is and even think it's better than table sugar.
Mah Zag (1 month ago)
This only proves the theory of the body doesn't really understand caloric intake as we just don't have scales inside our bodies Its the insulin release after eating something "sweet" which the body can understand very well
lightdark00 (1 month ago)
This really peaks my interest in what's really happening in the body for this to happen. As the liver and muscles are the stores of most of the glucose in the body, are they somehow damaged from taking in the sugar, leaving more in the blood?
Doug bananaboy (1 month ago)
Is sugar safe ?
Joseph Flores (1 month ago)
Everything in moderation. I think this video is directed more to those who watch their sugar intake due to medical reasons and think replacing sugar with substitutes is safer.
Mah Zag (1 month ago)
OMG this is so shocking
John Bicycle (1 month ago)
Very helpful information. Could you make a video about how to use sugar to help you do intense exercise, such as a very hilly bike ride. Thank you.
lightdark00 (1 month ago)
How many miles of hills? Can you ride and when you arrive home your breath is heavily acetone? If not, you need to aerobically ride bringing up your ability to cycle on fat. Sure 9mph up a hill or less is not amazing, but over time you'll get much better, without worrying about food or bonking out.
Nan Branham (1 month ago)
Interesting video!!
The Curious Sapien (1 month ago)
Doesn't really say anything about the safety of Monk Fruit consumption however, if you can control yourself and eat twice as much as someone who drank a regular coke an hour earlier. Is Monk Fruit any less safe than drinking pure sucrose?
A Happy Broccoli (1 month ago)
what about xylitol?
Scuba Diva (1 month ago)
I was putting xylitol (birch sugar) in my coffee every day for almost a year until it unexpectedly gave me explosive diarrhea. Never again. Unfortunately, stevia didn't work well for me with regular use either.
A Happy Broccoli (1 month ago)
Hahaha I know the problem, I made so many playlist and didnt realize thhey were public xD now its all hidden :P
Enfant d'Omelas (1 month ago)
It's my 'special interest', which is one of those good/bad things. I'm happy you find the playlists useful, though I'm a little embarrassed since I thought most of then were private. I should be adding more soon... I'm behind on my nihvcast viewing.
A Happy Broccoli (1 month ago)
lol I just checked your channel and it seems you are a greater biology nerd than me hahaha I saved your playlists :D
A Happy Broccoli (1 month ago)
hehe hell yea i can handle it, im a food/biology nerd xD The thing that got me sold on xylitol was the fact that its naturally present in the body and also that the body can adapt to higher levels over time.(if you introduce it too quickly it might have a laxative effect) But I can understand your concern and with something new as xylitol, who knows maybe its not good for everybody ;)
Jessica Bronhara (1 month ago)
I honestly just prefer normal sugar. Do you have a video on is white or brown sugar better?
Jessica Bronhara (1 month ago)
Todd Powers okay that’s a great idea!
Enfant d'Omelas (1 month ago)
Dr Greger has mentioned date sugar; it is just dried out, ground up dates - technically still a whole food, with fiber and minerals. Date sugar is probably more expensive than brown sugar or sucanat (which is even less processed than brown sugar).
Todd Powers (1 month ago)
Jessica Bronhara You should try cutting back on the brown sugar and use naturally sweet foods. Bananas are probably the most pleasing, but experiment. Stay away from dried fruit though, as it typically contains loads of added sugar. Once you can get processed sugar and artificial sweeteners out of your diet, you'll be amazed at how many foods taste sweet on their own. Even the oats have a sweet flavor on their own! 😊
Jessica Bronhara (1 month ago)
T Eye oh okay. I use brown sugar in my oatmeal everyday.
T Eye (1 month ago)
Jessica Bronhara neither is good, but Brown is a sliiiiiightly better. It contains some of the molasses which is rich in iron and minerals but not much. White sugar is bleached and stripped of any bit of nutrition it may have contained.
Mohamed Adel (1 month ago)
What's the point of this study? obviously If you don't eat for a while (which is what happens when you use non caloric sweeteners) you'll be more hungry and eat more calories the next meal, and obviously if you eat more calories the next meal you'll get the same average blood sugar levels as the group who got the sugar. The point of non caloric sweeteners is that you can eat more food for the same amount of calories which makes it easier to comply with eating less calories while losing weight. You shouldn't expect to automatically eat less calories by not eating for a while and then letting yourself eat whatever you want.
Initial commit! (1 month ago)
Who the fuck gave this video a thumbs down already?
filtereyeblind (1 month ago)
we're fuked
sdushdiu (1 month ago)
Sorry, but much of what you say is simply false - not because I think so, but based on solid vetted published research by such folks as Robert Vogel and Lawrence Rudel regarding oils and fats - all which show the effect of All refined oil to cause endothelial inflammation and CVD. Meanwhile, if you do suffer from MS, then one would think it prudent to refer to the most authoritative sources with the greatest success in effecting a mitigation of the disease - namely Dr. Roy Swank and the work which has been continued by John McDougall. Swank's clinical research has demonstrated "a treatment that is cost-free, side-effect-free and stops the disease in over 90% of those people with early disease. The low-fat diet treatment for Multiple Sclerosis was developed by Roy Swank, MD, former head of the Department of Neurology at the Oregon Health & Science University. He has treated more than 5,000 people over the past 50 years and the results are remarkable." www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/hot-topics/medical-topics/multiple-sclerosis/ And I'm sorry, but Paleo has not been shown to be effective in reversing disease - despite the myopic focus on but a minuscule portion of mankind's existence. I would suggest a more in-depth examination of the research summaries presented on both the NutritionFacts.org website as well as the clinical results of folks such as Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell who have proven that the same balanced WFPB diet approach also cures terminal heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, hypertension and many other ailments. No hype - all vetted published peer reviewed research.
filtereyeblind (1 month ago)
Well I aint looking to be optimal atm lol when I have less shit to worry about I'll hustle in these tips
Todd Powers (1 month ago)
sdushdiu I'm sorry. I should have given you more background... I have MS (an autoimmune disease) so I started eliminating foods known to cause autoimmune responses in the human body and adding foods that promote the growth of myelin, to give my body a chance to start healing itself. (or at least slow the progression of my condition) It's not an exact science, but many many people have had positive results using this method. I didn't start out with the intention of losing weight. That just happened to be a positive side effect, which I contribute mainly due to the removal of processed sugars and other high-carb foods from my diet. That is the only reason I posted in these comments... Because of the relative nature to the subject of the video. Eliminating those things from my diet, forced me to find my nutrition elsewhere, from much more nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. I eat 3 times what I used to eat, but I'm eating much more healthy and providing my body with way more fuel to operate properly. My general doctor is happy with my slow, gradual weight loss. My cholesterol is much better than it was, as are many of the other numbers they monitor for me. My neurologist is very happy with the progress I've made and noted that my mental clarity and focus have improved significantly. This diet of healthier, natural foods is most definitely having a positive affect on my overall health, despite my condition. I did not suggest that olive oil was "heart healthy". I included it as a source of "healthy fats", because it is. First cold pressed, certified organic, is all I use, to avoid exposure to chemically extracted oils. Obviously adding it to your diet won't make you healthier, but replacing bad types of fats with the types of fats in olive oil can indeed improve your heart health by reducing the risk factors. Perhaps you should do more research yourself... Here is an article from the Mayo Clinic that discusses this subject much more succinctly than I can... https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/food-and-nutrition/faq-20058439
sdushdiu (1 month ago)
You might want to do a bit more research! Paleo and the various meats - I (and PhiP, IGF1, TMAOs, heterocyclic amines, etc) don't care what they eat - oils - olive oil is NOT heart healthy, and fads such as gluten and all grains avoidance, etc. are not supported by research. And weight loss is not a measure of optimal health. When you can produce a diet that is documented and vetted to routinely reverse terminal heart disease and diabetes, prostate and breast cancer as is a WFPB no oil regimen, let us know,
Todd Powers (1 month ago)
sdushdiu Exactly! I am loosely following the Wahls Protocol, which excludes processed sugar, dairy, gluten/grains, and eggs. I add healthy fats from organic foods like full fat coconut milk, olive oil, avacados, Brazil nuts, etc. and only sugars found naturally in organic produce to help fuel my body. Combined with grass-fed and grass-finished (very important distinction here) meats, wild caught fish, and lots of healthy organic vegetables. After switching my diet, in the period of ~1 year, I lost 57lbs and my BMI went from 34.7 (obese) to 26.3 (overweight). 9 more pounds and I'll be at 25.0 (top edge of normal) ...and I'm stuck in a wheelchair ♿ all day... 😉
Poison Ivy (1 month ago)
I will NEVER eat monkfruit again. After I tried it I got blurry vision. Fucky scary!
Jelle van M. (1 month ago)
Well, still better to get those calories from a healthy meal than from soda I imagine.
Eelke Aptroot (1 month ago)
Fascinating stuff, doc!
Beatdown (1 month ago)
interesting. but it would be helpful to know what those meals were they were eating, and how much.
Beatdown (1 month ago)
that's a lot of reading and sorting to find that out. i was suggesting he simply added it in to the video. i also missed how much sweetener they were given
Poison Ivy (1 month ago)
Beatdown check the references in the description box
What if you eat the same lunch calories as the sugar group for the non-sugar sweetener group? Would the non-sugar sweetener group have much increased appetite? How would it compare to the group that have no sweeteners at all?
Radical Destroy (1 month ago)
People eating on highly restricted schedule like OMAD, may even benefit from the added appetite. Seeing as they have to eat a day's worth of calories in such a short window and it may be difficult without added appetite, also doubtful with such large meals they'd have sufficient room for significantly more food.
My personal experience with normal refined sugary foods is that it tend to cause extreme hunger after an hour or two. Is that what known as the "sugar crash"?
filtereyeblind (1 month ago)
I percieved it as they wanted to eat more and thier signal to being full took longer
PwnngNbs (1 month ago)
Exactly. This video is ridiculous. Obviously if the artificial sweetener groups ate a larger lunch then their blood sugar spikes will be greater than the group who ate less but that's NOT saying that artificial sweeteners doom you to a compensating spike irrespectively of your consumption later in the day.
Joey •_• (1 month ago)
does the same apply to erythritol tho?
dontGMOwithme (1 month ago)
I had stomach issues because of erythritol. Watch out.

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