Are you using Splenda, Equal, etc.?

By Emma2412 Latest Reply 2011-06-15 19:12:55 -0500
Started 2011-06-05 07:59:37 -0500

After having had Type II for about 15 yrs. now and using Splenda or Equal all those years, constantly gaining weight no matter what I ate and having my readings go crazy BAD most times, about 8 days ago I stopped using Splenda and switched to Stevia (a natural product). Guess what? I've already lost 4 pounds without trying to, have lost that terrible bloated feeling I've had continually for years, AND my readings are pretty much what my doctor calls "normal" now even after eating pasta!!!!! I'm not a scientist, but it seems to me there must be some connection. Has anybody else had this type of experience?

11 replies

WendyFR 2011-06-10 22:40:06 -0500 Report

I haven't had any problems with Equal or Splenda. I only use it for drinking hot and cold tea. It has no bearings on my blood sugar. I've had stevia and the taste is just not for me; however truvia is really good, but too expensive, so I stick to the generic brand of splenda. But I'm glad you found something that worked for you.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-06-07 08:13:14 -0500 Report

I use sugar, Truvia and Splenda depending on what I am doing. I love truvia in my cereal because it tastes better in my cereals but I use Splenda brown sugar blend when I need a decent amount of brown sugar in a recipe. And I use regular sugar at times as well when not much is needed in the recipe.

I'm not as sensitive to sugar as I am to other carbs on most days. It seems I can have a whole bowl of regular ice cream with less affect on my blood sugar then two slices of white bread or a bowl of white rice. Not that I eat regular ice cream all that much anymore, I now stick to lite, no sugar added, and sugar free ice creams.

I think artificial sweeteners are just as individual as the rest of diabetes. Some people can't handle them because of weight gain or, as a close friend of mine, they get migraines from artificial sweeteners, or just because fake sugar tastes bad to them. My personal experience is that I'm losing weight still no matter which sweetener I use, and i like the taste of most sweeteners now that I've gotten used to them. And in the case of Truvia I like it better than real sugar in most things.

appealstome 2011-06-07 03:45:31 -0500 Report

I used all the artificial sweeteners at one time or another. Used Splenda for a year before switching to Stevia after reading Jorge Cruise book. My A1C and fasting glucose were lower when I used Splenda and higher on Stevia. I asked my endo about this. She said Splenda raises glucose and unfamiliar with Stevia. I did not lose weight while using Stevia or when I discontinued using all sweeteners. Are you aware there is such a thing as artificial diabetes? The body responds the same way to artificial sweeteners as it does with sugar.

jayabee52 2011-06-05 19:06:18 -0500 Report

I am Happy for you Emma! I have not been using any sweeteners at all.

In the past I had used Splenda, with the result that if I consumed too much, (like 2 cans of diet soda) I have gotten "a laxitive effect".

As far as Nutrasweet, I have had no problems with it, but the furor about it had scared me away.

I HAD in the past, used the SweetNLow quite extensively, but chose to not use anything because of the weight gain which seemed to come with it.

I stay away from Steiva and the commercial clones too for that very reason: possible weight gain.

I now drink water, and some tea and a little coffee without sweetener.

I am controlling my t2 by my eating plan, and whatever exercise I get, and keeping my BG#s generally within "normal" range.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-05 14:39:16 -0500 Report

I use Splenda, and I don't have any problems with it. I haven't gained weight either. I tried Stevia but it would raise my BS, so I just went back to Splenda. I know there is a lot of contraversy over side effects of splenda. I am always looking for something with out any side effects and I haven't found anything the researchers say don't have any.

Type1Lou 2011-06-05 12:57:23 -0500 Report

Dear Emma,
You might want to read Suzy Cohen's book, "Diabetes Without Drugs". She brings to light a lot of the factors that might be causing diabetes or making the condition worse, particularly for Type 2's. It took her until Chapter 16 or 17 to note that her approach was not a solution for Type 1's…but she raised a lot of interesting issues and provided guidelines for healthier eating habits. I find I can use Splenda without any problems (Suzy is not a Splenda fan)

appealstome 2011-06-07 03:38:23 -0500 Report

I read that book and Drug Muggers. Subscribe to her news letter too. I found her suggestions useful in eliminating some of my symptoms.

RAYT721 2011-06-05 12:35:48 -0500 Report

Emma: I have asked about you. I have missed seeing you on the site and your discussions and replies. I hope all is well. I cannot consume Splenda at all … won't even try again. I am a sweet and low sweetie. I have not tried Stevia so I appreciate the testimonial. I will give it a go (as long as the "go" doesn't affect me like Splenda). It's funny … pink, blue and yellow used to relate to baby blankets and now the colors represent much more to our lives as diabetics. Thanks for the discussion, testimonial and know that is so good to see you again. Keep us posted on your progress. Missed ya!!!

Emma2412 2011-06-15 19:12:55 -0500 Report

Hey, Ray
It's so nice to hear from you. Yes, I have been a "stranger" to the site. I went through some "challenging" times recently but things worked out. Thank God.
Hey, Ray, e-mail me at small if you want to chat. I've met other people here and that's what we do. It's so much easier and direct especially if you don't have the time to spend on here.
Yeah, blue, pink and yellow did used to bring up pictures of cute babies. No more.
I'm doing another announcement on here about something I've been trying for only a week called banaba (not banana) leaf which I purchased at the health food store. One of the workers there has diabetes, too, and told me about it. It's working. For the past 2 days I haven't even taken my diabetes meds. Of course, one of the things I have to do is watch my diet like a hawk don't eat too much fruit, for example. But it is working and I'm happy to report that it doesn't seem to be necessary to take my meds as long as I'm careful and pay very close attention to my diet. Of course, I've also started walking again and that helps immensely. I'll look for your next message in my personal e-mail box.
Take care, Ray.

Harlen 2011-06-05 09:39:07 -0500 Report

No I havent Emma but I am so happy for you
Best wishes

orangeflower 2011-06-08 11:08:32 -0500 Report

Hi, everyone I've been using Stevia long before I became a diabetic when I started trying to lose weight. As a woman using the artificial sweeetners I found a link between myself and all the yeast my body produces since I switched to Stevia which I use sparingly only in oatmeal or if I make flaxseed pancakes or such. Plus my cravings for sweets have all but gone away. Before all I did was crave sweets— so my weight problem carbs, and sweets. Now my blood sugar has leveled out and i've lost 35lbs. I have 55 more lbs. to go to get to my drs. goal weight for me, I hope this helps a little. There's also a company that makes stevia indroplet form because it's natural in flavors so you can put it in teas. Artificial sweetners stimulate your pancreas to make more insulin and your body is in a no win situation. Take Care. Sharon