Three years ago, my father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure. He passed away on June 4th, 2015, at 10:07 a.m. His body was cremated and his ashes were blessed by a Catholic priest at a ceremony held on June 22nd, 2015. It was there that I met my cousin, Laura Sikora, for the first time. I wasn’t even aware that I had a cousin until that moment.
Laura and I talked after the ceremony. She said, “In 2008, I started a new lifestyle for myself: eating healthy, exercising, and cutting out sugar. This new behavior on my part was the result of my father having diabetes, which lead to congestive heart failure. My father passed away on July22nd, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. In 2011, the lifestyle of clean, no-sugar, low-carbohydrate and low-sodium turned into an idea at an ice cream shop in Manhattan Beach, California. A friend had just purchased the place and was renovating. He asked for my advice pertaining to certain flavors that could be introduced. I told him that I no longer consumed sugar and that he should add at least one flavor that was natural with zero sugar.”
“Make something and I will put it in my new ice-cream shop,” Laura’s friend said to her.
“That is when the concept of SweeatRight was born. I went home and brainstormed. By October 2014, I finally had a tangible product that I manufacture in a commercial kitchen by hand, mix, blend, rollout, and cut. My friend now sells my sugarless bars at his Manhattan Beach Creamery. I have done everything myself. Although it is difficult to play the role of an entire work staff, I do it and enjoy the challenge. With sales increasing, I hope to be in a position to start mass production by October 2015.”
Laura told me that she would send me some samples of her product. She did, and now I am converted: I am getting off sugar for good. Out the freezer goes the Häagen-Dazs ice cream into the trash; from the candy bowls, I toss the jelly beans; then I dig through the kitchen cupboards and retrieve a box of brownie mix. I don’t need them anymore.
SweeatRight is a protein snack designed by Laura Sikora for those who are sweet tooth cravers, protein muscle heads, health nuts, and most importantly: people who do not and cannot eat sugar. SweeatRight protein bars come in three flavors: a beautiful Cashew Coconut, a rich and lovely Peanut Butter, and my favorite, wonderful Banana Walnut. All three of the delicious bars could suffice as a dessert, but believe it or not, there is no sugar in these nutritious bars.
Laura’s SweeatRight bars contain an ingredient called VitaFiber. Scientific studies maintain that VitaFiber-IMO products are a dietary fiber, a prebiotic, and a low-calorie health sweetener that can improve overall gastrointestinal health. Other scientific studies claim that VitaFiber can maintain healthy cholesterol and sugar levels, has a low Glycemic Index, and helps with mineral absorption. VitaFiber is non-GMO, sugar-free and gluten-free.
Diabetes mellitus type 1 accounts for 5%-10% of diabetes cases. Globally, it is estimated that about 80,000 children develop diabetes mellitus type 1. (Type 1 diabetes occurs when, for unknown reasons, the body’s immune system attacks its own pancreas at a young age, hurting this organ’s ability to produce insulin. The end result is similar to type 2 diabetes, with blood sugar levels staying high if you don’t get the proper treatment.) Within the United States the number of affected persons with diabetes is estimated at 1-3 million. [Source: Wikipedia]
The sugars in food are known as simple carbohydrates and are a natural component of many fresh foods, such as lactose in milk and the fructose in fruits. A healthy, well-balanced diet will always contain these sugars. However, the problem with sugar is the sheer amount of it in the typical American diet. Added sugars – the sucrose in table sugar, as well as the sugars in foods such as sodas, cereals, packaged foods, and snacks – when consumed in excess, cause weight gain, heart disease, mood swings, and more. Research has found that a high-sugar diet certainly increases diabetes risk (Adding just one serving of a sweetened beverage each day to your diet ups this risk by 15%, a study at the Harvard School of Public Health found).
But calories that come from both carbohydrates and fats also contribute to the development of diabetes. One type of sugar that has attracted a lot of negative attention is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Because it’s a relatively cheap ingredient, it has become the most commonly used sweetener in processed foods. Like table sugar, HFCS causes blood-sugar spikes and contributes to significant weight gain. Although HFCS in particular has been vilified for decades, researchers are finding that added sweeteners of all kinds affect the body similarly, and most are bad. In one study, scientists found that drinking three sweetened drinks a day for 10 weeks resulted in a nearly 4-pound weight gain and nearly an extra inch to the waistline, regardless of whether the sweetener was fructose or glucose. Even worse, consuming these sweeteners, and fructose in particular, led to decreased insulin sensitivity and higher blood sugar levels: the hallmark predictors of diabetes.
Along with unbalancing the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar can result in a number of other significant consequences: sugar can suppress your immune system and impair the body’s defenses against infectious disease; sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty in concentrating; sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, rise in triglycerides bad cholesterol, a decrease in good cholesterol, and most importantly, some research states that sugar feeds on cancer cells and can be connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder and stomach. (From Lick The Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton, PhD.)
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(The information in this article is intended for informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult your health practitioner or medical doctor before starting any new health products and for specific information and guidance concerning any medical issues you may have.)