Maybe I have commented on this before but I think it may be very important to do two different things — retrain the tastebuds and also reduce the number of carbohydrate-feeding bacteria in the intestines as these bacteria can drive the craving for sweet.

Dr. Abram Hoffer suggested that three days without the carbohydrates would reduce the bacteria significantly. Many of us have found we can achieve this although the die-off of the bacteria can be a bit unpleasant as the dead ones rot, pass through, and out.

Retraining the tastebuds by eating plain food until the flavours stand out may take quite a bit longer but only a couple of weeks or a month.

When a fresh organic carrot tastes sweet to you, you know you are getting somewhere.

Interestingly, the researcher speculated that the sweeteners might be changing the intestinal bacteria. The diversity of our flora does depend on what we put into our digestive systems. Sounds a bit creepy to think what bacteria might thrive on the artificial sweeteners. Hmm!

The daughter of one of our members was present at an autopsy of someone who was a long-time aspartame user and the brain was tinged blue. No idea if there was a correlation but food for thought.

It is human to seek out sweet foods for the sustenance they provide but the days when it was a positive were the days when food supply was precarious.

According to other recent news, high fructose corn syrup has increased since NAFTA began when tariffs on it were reduced and then eliminated, making it the cheapest sweetener. It is also apparently the most detrimental to the liver.

It seems the only way to ensure something close to a healthy diet is to eat 6-9 fruits and vegetables and sufficient protein with a little seeds and grains thrown in. Temptations are ALL around!

Have a raspberry and a blueberry! Enjoy!