Sugar Substitute

By Pappy03 Latest Reply 2012-10-23 21:32:59 -0500
Started 2011-07-20 13:07:11 -0500

I need some opinions about sugar substitutes before I spend a lot of money trying each one. I love sweetened iced tea and since being diagnosed with type 2 I have to reduce my sugar intake. What is the best tasting sugar substitute?

98 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-21 20:02:55 -0500 Report

I use Equal and the Wal-Mart Great Value Brand although I find the Wal-Mart version seems to be not as sweet. I just add an extra packet. I am wondering if spoonable Equal is good for baking and if you have ever used the Splenda Baking Blend? I want to try a diabetic apple desert.

liquorish 2012-10-21 19:31:24 -0500 Report

I like the Wal Mart Good Value brand. In the packets. For baking, I use the Splenda spoonable. I have never tried to carmelize it, but it seems to do o.k. in baking. One trick I learned from a sugar free cookbook is to put the baking soda or baking powder in last, give about 15 stirs with a spoon, and cook right away. It makes it rise a little better. I always had a problem with my cakes being kiind of flat when using artificial sugar. Liquorish

Terry804 2012-10-23 08:42:37 -0500 Report also someone below from reply dated august 2011, mentioned the chemical breakdown of Splenda makes it not conducive to high heat cooking

liquorish 2012-10-23 21:32:59 -0500 Report

Hi Terry: I don't bake alot of sweets because I am the only one who eats them. So it is not a good idea around here. But I have done a little with the Splenda, and it did o.k. I did make a from scratch chocolate pie, and the mixture was way too sweet. I think I should have added it last, llike the other person said to do. Have you read the afrticle comparing sweeteners? It was fairly good. Liquorish

mallard49 2012-10-21 02:08:40 -0500 Report

Erythritol crystalline powder as a sugar substitute? 100% pure natural sweetner. Consistency is that of sugar.

smcowles 2011-08-25 11:22:53 -0500 Report

I live in the south where sweet tea is a stable, lol. I have tried many sugar substitutes and find they all have an aftertaste, not to mention the load of chemicals in some. I buy a good quality tea like Luzianne, brew it slightly stronger than usual and enjoy without any sweetener. It takes a little getting used to but better than life without your tea.

Terry804 2012-10-23 08:45:16 -0500 Report

Luzianne is the best for making tea, from one southerner to another :) Sometimes I'll add a tblspn or 2 of local honey to a large pitcher for a small amount of sweetener

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-21 19:54:08 -0500 Report

OMG I had totally forgotten about Luzianne tea. I drink Lipton now and you are correct if you brew it slightly stronger it is better although I add equal to it so I have my "Sweet Tea".

Diaschm 2011-08-17 23:31:43 -0500 Report

I use splenda but now I might try truvia because some think that is better.

Paul Weller
Paul Weller 2011-08-18 10:24:17 -0500 Report

After some searching, I discovered that Truvia is stevia plus a sugar alcohol. For those with sensitive digestive issues or who are lactose intolerant, I think the white powder stevia extract- (see the website to find out how to make the liquid from the powder—saving $$) is supposed to be the best as long as it is at least 90 - 95% stevisoids(?)

flipmom 2011-08-17 19:45:32 -0500 Report

splenda for me, or the store equivalent because i find that it doesnt have an after taste..

joanne denison
joanne denison 2011-08-17 20:17:10 -0500 Report

Splenda is not a natural sweetener and will spike your blood sugar. It is not for diabetics. Use stevia or Truvia. Good luck

DCBobby 2012-10-20 19:22:24 -0500 Report

Sorry, Joanne. But that is false information.

Splenda (sucralose) has NO effect on blood sugar.

If you don't believe me, this is the Mayo Clinic's judgment, too (see

I prefer Splenda because it has no aftertaste like Stevia and Truvia do.

Anonymous 2012-10-20 14:34:01 -0500 Report

Splenda is natural sugar that has been chlorinated at certain positions in the molecule such that the digestive enzymes cannot recognize it nor digest it. However, the taste sensors are still stimulated to react as if it is sugar. Unfortunately, the chlorination destroys its cooking properties. The chlorine bond is quite strong and stable and one should not fear the presence of chlorine but, nevertheless, Splenda should not be subjected to high heat, e.g. as in carmelization. I have found it impossible to distinguish the taste of Splenda and sugar and have suffered no effects either on blood sugar or GI tract.

jeopardy3 2012-10-20 11:40:03 -0500 Report

This is not true!! I have been an insulin dependant diabetic for 42 years. I use to have trouble with Sweet and Low all the time doing that but when Splenda came out it is the best, does not spike my blood sugar nor does it have an after taste. I have used it for awhile now and I love it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-21 19:50:29 -0500 Report

I tried Splenda and will not add it to coffee or tea. To me it changes the taste of both. Although the other sweeteners did the same with tea. I can't use Sweet and Low at all. It is hard for me to digest. I think each person will have a different perspective in some way or another. :>)

jeopardy3 2012-10-20 17:05:22 -0500 Report

Your Welcome. I think they have pulled sugar twin off the market cause it was related to cancer. they are now testing sweet and low for the same things. that stuff is nasty tho. I did not like it at all but I had to use it cause it was better than sugar twin. but that stuff did shoot my blood sugar up. so don't use it either.

jeopardy3 2012-10-22 06:17:28 -0500 Report

Yes I have heard they were pulling Sugar Twin and Sweet and Low both off the market. I sure hope they do. Sweet and Low give everything you put it in such a nasty taste. I love splenda and I use it in tea, coffee, and cereal in the morning too. I love it!!

jamesrobin 2011-08-17 15:14:16 -0500 Report

I have used Splenda in the past , but recently tried two store brands that I thought were even better. They are Wal~Mart and HEB. If baking you must stick with Splenda Baking.

RachelChavezCA 2011-08-17 14:59:52 -0500 Report

We make our sweet tea with Truvia. If you mix it in when the tea is still hot I think the sweetness tastes almost identical to sugar. I don't like the stevia drops as I think they did have an after taste but I haven't had an aftertaste with the Truvia. It is more expensive (you can usually find $1.00 off coupons) but it's all natural and you don't need nearly as much as you would need of anything else.

Paul Weller
Paul Weller 2011-08-17 15:09:48 -0500 Report

What do you use for baking? Does Truvia(Stevia) work well for that?

RachelChavezCA 2011-08-17 15:12:31 -0500 Report

Right now I use all natural cane sugar or agave for baking. I want to try the stevia but since you use much less stevia than sugar you have to alter your recipe solid to liquid ratio to match and I just haven't had the guts to experiment with it yet. I'm hoping I will very soon and I will let you know how that works out.

MamaSpook 2011-08-17 11:59:13 -0500 Report

I love Splenda but once in a while when I drink a cup of hot tea I use Agave. It is a natural sweetener that comes from the Agave plant and is all natural and slowly absorbs into your system so it won't cause your glucose to spike. It tastes just like honey and the part I like best is no bees are harmed!

Anonymous 2011-08-17 10:30:29 -0500 Report

Splenda, sweet and low ect can elevate your blood sugar. This not information that is always available. Stevia is a natural substance and can be purchased at the grocery store. It is sweet and does not leave an after taste

Anonymous 2012-10-20 14:36:18 -0500 Report

There is no biochemical reason that Splenda should elevate blood sugar. I have no such experience with it nor do my friends that use it.

Paul Weller
Paul Weller 2011-08-17 12:06:36 -0500 Report

I have not found Splenda to elevate Paul's BG, however, because he is lactose intolerant, Splenda has been the only sweetener we could use. (Equal has lactose which we learned from a nutritionist years ago, so most diet sodas are out.) Too much sugar alcohol can cause digestive problems as well.

My problem is when baking with Splenda. It just seems to lose its sweetness in baked goods. I can't figure out how much to use to get it approximately sweet for the recipe.

Stevia is difficult for me to estimate, esp. for a substitute for Spenda in baking, and it has some carbs- as does Splenda. Is anyone baking with Stevia?

Everyone should be careful about the Splenda Sugar Blends, regular and brown. They are half sugar and half Splenda and have to be counted as such in cooking, baking, etc.

As far as whether to deny oneself sweet things or not, We've discovered that sweets are treats and to be enjoyed as such. Since with Type 1, we count every carb that my son eats in order to give the required insulin dose, sometimes we limit other carbs (potatoes or bread) so Paul can enjoy dessert. I think that maintaining a balance of nutrients is important for health, but life is too short to deny enjoying oneself with a low-carb sweet dessert when it fits into our total carb daily intake.

AuntieM234 2011-08-17 07:18:07 -0500 Report

IMO, Splenda is the best. The fact that I use Splenda sometimes, IMO, doesn't mean I'm allowing Diabetes to control me. It doesn't make any sense to me to suggest honey as a substitute for sugar. We all know we have to give up things in order to take control. IMO you know that, or you wouldn't have asked the question. Good for you. I would like to help more with the sugar substitutes, but, although I've tried others, I don't recall all of the product names. I didn't take in any sugar, except the natural sugars in fruits and other "no sugar added" foods, for about five or six years after my Dx of Type 2. I still don't take in sugar, except as just described above, but, I became a fan of Splenda about five years ago when I first had a diet Dr Pepper sweetened with it.

GeoSeal 2011-08-16 22:20:23 -0500 Report

Honey is a great "substitute" for sugar. But we have to remember everything needs to be controlled in the amount taken. Because everything we eat turns to sugar in our bodies. EXCEPT WATER… We all look for the "substitutes" but the main thing to remember is when you have diabetes you HAVE to give up things to keep yourself healthy. That's a fact whether we like it or not! I suppose I am a control freak. I want to control my diabetes… I DON'T want it to control me!

margokittycat 2011-08-16 22:08:10 -0500 Report

You have to try them on your own to figure out which one you yourself like the best mine is Splenda and equal when I can find it.

Darron 2011-08-16 20:21:21 -0500 Report

I tried them all and I liked Splenda the best. I don't use as much as the recipes call for. Slenda also makes a brown sugar. But as everyone has said it is a personal preference. Try different ones when you go out, most restuarants have a vast variety.

GeoSeal 2011-08-16 19:48:00 -0500 Report

I totally agree with you MoeGig… Actually I learned that the hardest part of the change was "Training Myself" to say NO! The mental part is the first hurtle to cope with… Anyone that can get past that first will be on a totally better track to controlling their sugar levels.. I keep a detailed record of what I eat, blood sugar, medication amount taken, exercise, sleep etc daily. That's a major key to knowing what's going on with your body and your glucose levels according to what you eat and do every day.

MoeGig 2011-08-16 19:31:21 -0500 Report

If you're a diabetic as I have been for 46 years, the sooner you wean yourself of liking/wanting sugar/sweet things, the better off you will be; otherwise, that love of sweetness will drag you back to your pre-diabetic diet. Believe it or not, you actually have to change your lifestyle if you want to avoid dreaded/painful/costly complications; and, the biggest change is your diet. After all this time, I have gotten off liking donuts, cake, sweet tea, etc. I like cheese, eggs, nuts, avocados, salads, olives, etc. It was like when I quit smoking—which I did for a long time—hardest thing I ever did; changing your diet is a "piece of cake" in comparison…:>)

margokittycat 2011-08-16 22:07:09 -0500 Report

MoeGig I disagree I have been diabetic for more than 30 years and I use splenda all the time. You can bake with it and cook with it and they make ones now with fiber, vitamin B and Antioxidents. I can't tell the dif between sugar or Splenda. It does not take me back to old habbits or make me want to eat sweets all the time, but it lets me eat a dessert on special occasions with my family or when I got married my Wedding cake and the frosting was made with Splenda and none of our guest knew that and we had all kinds of compliments on it that it was the best tasting cake they had ever had. My mother in law made it because that is what she use to do for a living until she retired last year, but every year on my b-day she makes me a cake that I can actually eat.

MoeGig 2011-08-17 05:59:34 -0500 Report

Congrats, you are fortunate to be blessed with a non-addictive type personality. Unfortunately, it's different for me. It's like when I failed at quitting smoking, I thought I could get by on 3 or 4 cigarettes per day. Couldn't do it. If I had one, then the next day would be back to a pack a day.

GeoSeal 2011-08-16 18:54:21 -0500 Report

Hi Pappy03 … Hate to burst your bubble regarding the sweetened ice tea BUT… Hey I loved Ice tea also. But gave it up as well as ALL soft drinks. Just because they say "No Sugar" doesn't mean they are OK for a diabetic. ANY type of juice, tea, soft drink even with "non sugar" sweeteners will very quickly spike your glucose level. From experience I stick to real juices with NO Sugar and NO Other sweeteners… And good old H2O. I know it's a bummer but it helps greatly to keep my blood sugar level down. I used to drink coffee daily with "SPLENDA" as a sweetener. Now I don't drink coffee daily…

Jimslin 2011-08-17 11:40:16 -0500 Report

I will usually have only one cup of coffee a day. I use whole milk and 1 packet of Sweet N Low. Very rarely, will I have more than one cup a day. One packet of Sweet N Low shouldn't really make that much of a difference will it? For the last several weeks, I've drinking 1 cup of hot tea (with nothing added) in the morning instead of the coffee.

margokittycat 2011-08-16 22:10:38 -0500 Report

Every diabetic is different just because drinking those spiked your BG does not mean it does that to every diabetic. I can drink tea and pop ect and coffee i do that daily and it has no effects whatsoever on my BG level.

joanne denison
joanne denison 2011-08-17 20:20:48 -0500 Report

If the pop is green tea with stevia, that's fine. Sugar and artificial sweeteners will eventually take their toll. Pancreatic cancer is not fun.

margokittycat 2011-08-17 22:21:41 -0500 Report

Stevia can not do, it spikes my BS #'s and Splenda does not. I drink decaf coffee and tea and do not use sweetner in either. I drink 1 12oz diet coke a day and the rest of the time i drink water. I usally do tea with my super.

joanne denison
joanne denison 2011-08-17 23:15:57 -0500 Report

Maybe you try a different brand? Splenda is not natural and has a different molecular structure than a natural product, and that can create havoc in your body. Other people have reported problems with it, including blood sugar spikes. Be sure to be fasting at least 4 hrs when you take a measurement. I find that Truvia drops my blood sugar. Stevia is supposed to be a natural treatment for diabetes type II. And diet Coke has far too many issues to go into here. I dropped that when I learned what was in it (even the carmel coloring is linked to cancer and brain disorders, let alone get into the problems with aspartame being a known neuro toxin). Try a more natural stevia. some stevias have fillers that can spike your blood sugar. good luck.

Anonymous 2011-08-18 08:11:55 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advise. I have been diabetic for over 30 years and have had no problems thus far with anything. However you are not even a diabetic. I know what am doing and how to do it I have been dealing with it as I said for over 30 years. I am not dumb or stupid and actually have the diease. Sorry if it sounds harsh, but you have followed adkins and something else and have BS #'s under 100 according to your profile. I would watch that because you run the risk of giving yourself problems by trying to keep your BS #'s that low all the time. If you do not run the risk of being diabetic and are watching yor diet that is fine but watch out for other issues you can face from keeping them that low.

GeoSeal 2011-08-16 23:01:24 -0500 Report

Hi… You are very lucky in that respect. But I will choose to know that tea, coffee and pop EVERY day is NOT really good for anyone… Much less a person that is dealing with high glucose levels.

Texana46 2011-08-16 21:30:34 -0500 Report

I did at the least weaned myself from sugar and cream in coffee an tea. Now I can't stand it with sweetner. I'm working on the donuts and cookies and stuff like that now, and it is really hard. i'm glad to have joined this website to read how others are doing it and helping me take control. I'm also a carbo addict and having to cut down on that too!

GeoSeal 2011-08-16 22:07:45 -0500 Report

Hi Texana46… I know what you're going through. I am also a lover of pastries such as pies and cakes and all that "Good Stuff". But I made up my mind to pass them by in the store. And I trained myself to say NO! at the table even if offered from others. It is a mental game you have to beat by training yourself to leave all those things alone. It was not easy for me in the beginning but I got stronger every time I did it. And the numbers came down. Now I still get a craving from time to time for the sweets. I stick to fresh fruits IF I have to get a "Sweet Fix"… Bananas, strawberries, apples etc. You still have to control the amounts but the fruit is MUCH better for you all around. :)

robertoj 2011-08-16 17:46:58 -0500 Report

I seldom use sweeteners at all. I was raised on black coffee and developed a taste for unsweetened tea. When I use sweeteners I use xylitol. It tastes like sugar to me. It is the stuff they use in sugarless gum; no aftertaste and it's not bad for your teeth.

Copperchef 2011-07-26 14:03:43 -0500 Report

I relate sugar substitutes to chile peppers. Everyone has a different tolerance to both. The reason I say that is everyone's taste buds are different and everyone's body will react differently to some of these sweeteners. Some people have reactions to Splenda, others to Stevia. There is no pat answer other than to try for yourself. Sorry.

VickieF 2011-07-22 01:18:00 -0500 Report

My Boyfriend likes his sweet tea also. We are on a limited income. The price of splends is very expensive so he uses the Great Value brand sold at walmart. It is the genaric brand for splenda. I know it sells out much faster than any of the other sweetners. My grandkids like it in their Koolaid. And as I said it sells out when none of the other sweetners do. You use it as you would splenda.

Type1Lou 2011-07-26 08:35:27 -0500 Report

Sucralose is the generic equivalent of Splenda. Most chains have their own brands and I've found them to taste the same but cost less. Works for me!