Why would anyone feed a carnivore a vegetarian diet?
I don't know, but there are such diets available, and there are those who fed their dogs and CATS (which is VERY bad, because cats need taurine in
their diets, and cant synthisize it) vegetarian diets as well.
If you go to your local PetSmart stores, they have cookies that are edible for people and dogs. Their oreo type cookies taste just like the real deal,
I haven't thought to ask, but I think I will now, what kind of sweetener is used in the production of these dual ediable cookies.
I know that it is a wood sugar and more or less natural, but the process for obtaining it it involves the use of chemicals to refine it to where it
can be obtained in amounts that are commercially viable.
My concern would be how much chemical residue parts per million is allowed, if any, what are the chemicals used to obtain xylitol, and what if any
human toxitity is there in these chemicals?
Also will these chemical residues excrete/secrete, or are they held in the body, and if so, to what ppm would these chemicals potentially cause
problems, if any.
These are questions that this artical raised for me.
As per the ammount that is concidered "safe"
The average American eats more than 40 teaspoons of added sugar every day, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. That's
305 cups of sugar a year. During one recent year, the world consumed over 92 million metric tons of sugar. The present per capita consumption of sugar
in the United States is about 120 pounds per year; 77 pounds of refined sugar from the sugar bowl and another 45 pounds by way of corn sugar
sweeteners added to processed foods and drinks. This is equivalent to an average of 5 ounces, or 30 teaspoons of sugar per day for every U.S.
resident! Most persons now eat their body weight in sugar every year.
I have looked, but I cannot find statistics that tell of American usage of artifical sweeteners. Though the information I have found is bad enough.
With the above questions that I have concerning xylitol, and should it become readily available in other foods than gum, candies, breath mints, ect
here, and concidering the excesses Americans are prone to, especially reguarding their foods, IF there IS a chemical residue, IF there is a build up
of those chemicals, and IF those chemicals COULD possible cause harm, than Xylitol COULD potentially cause say renal failure, like in dogs.. Or other
My opinion at this point, is that it bears watching.
Edited for gross and egregious typos.. though I probably missed a few.
[edit on 10/3/2006 by FalseParadigm]