By Godsfavorite Latest Reply 2011-09-05 10:23:23 -0500
Started 2011-09-01 22:25:58 -0500

After 3 weeks I am finally off of granulated sugar … even the headaches are gone! I saw a post about sweetners but can't find it. I bought Stevia as well as Trivia which I think comes from the Stevia plant as well. Does anyone have suggestions or preferences about sweeteners?

25 replies

BeanieP 2011-09-05 10:07:51 -0500 Report

I've discovered a sweetener made with xylitol. It's not supposed to mess with your blood glucose, and has no aftertaste at all! Here, it's called ideal, but other parts of the country have different brand names for it. It comes in the concentrated packets, and also a spoonable pouch that looks and measures exactly like sugar. It was a happy surprise for me, as I've been a sugar addict for so long!

GabbyPA 2011-09-05 10:23:23 -0500 Report

It is what makes your toothpaste sweet without adding to cavity creating. You can also find gum made with it in health food stores.

princessbeiter 2011-09-03 16:56:26 -0500 Report

I use splenda blend. It's a lot sweeter than sugar, so you use a lot less. Also, it doesn't leave that nasty aftertaste that all the others do.

Since diabetes is so different from one person to another, no one can really say that one sweetener is best. Truthfully, using less sugar all around is the best.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-03 14:44:54 -0500 Report

At a diabetes education class sanctioned by the ADA I asked about Splenda. I told the educator that I experienced bad spikes from Splenda. She said the ADA recommends Splenda but she has heard from so many people attending her classes that it spiked their blood sugar she is more inclined to believe that Splenda can cause problems for some diabetics. I have been afraid to try any other sweetener.

GabbyPA 2011-09-04 09:02:05 -0500 Report

I am surprised that is causes spikes. Did she say why it does that?

MEGriff1950 2011-09-04 09:55:16 -0500 Report

She said that even though we all have diabetes our bodies react different to certin things. She said it could be the differences in our medications or other health issues. I do not sweeten my drinks but tried splenda in baked goods. My blood glucose was better when I used white sugar then Splenda.

GabbyPA 2011-09-05 09:59:00 -0500 Report

wow, that is amazing. And to think that we just blindly go to alternative sweeteners without knowing what our bodies do.

Pynetree 2011-09-03 11:34:14 -0500 Report

Good for you making the sugar break. I used splenda for years, but have switched to truvia, just over a year ago. I use less of it than I did splenda/or others. I like Truvia, haven't had aftertaste issues, or any other issues.

Inrvizion 2011-09-03 10:38:54 -0500 Report

Stevia is really good, you can even get a kind that doesn't have the licoricey aftertaste, I forget what it's called but I can find out if anyone is interested.

There is something that should be known about Asparatame, and all other artificial sweeteners for that matter, they are poison. - http://www.foodandhealing.com/articles/articl... - < This is one of many, many articles highlighting the health risks and downright scary nature of Asparatame, you can find information for almost any and all artificial synthetic sweeteners that shows they are carcinogenic and should not be consumed. - Also check out this video "Asparatame killed my wife" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rJ1jpr5c4Y - This video won an Austin Access TV award for best interview. Absolutely horrifying what our FDA approves.

Just my 2 cents, spend it however you want.

princessbeiter 2011-09-03 16:59:50 -0500 Report

I realize that all these sweeteners are made from chemicals, but we've, as a nation, been using these things for decades. I cannot believe that aspartame or saccharine or any of the other sweeteners that have been around forever are as bad as the "studies" say. Remember when they banned saccharine? They said it gave cancer to lab rats. What they didn't say was they gave the rats 50 times the normal amount that humans consume in a day. And, they didn't say that lab rats are highly susceptible to cancer.

Inrvizion 2011-09-04 19:42:28 -0500 Report

Yeah, well as I said, to each their own. I provided evidence to back up my opinion, and there is your counter argument, valid, but also invalid. I mean give lab rats 50 x the amount of sugar humans consume in a day and it still doesn't turn into a carcinogen. Anyhow, luckily for us I am not in legislature because I would ban all artificial sweeteners as well as force an audit of the Federal Reserve and total disclosure about the US Government's knowledge regarding UFOs and Extraterrestrial life. This artificial sweetener business barely scratches the surface of what is really going on with our government and what they aren't telling us.

That being said, I respect your opinion and your right to have it. Enjoy your diet sodas, I hope you are right and that they have no negative effect on your health whatsoever.

princessbeiter 2011-09-04 21:16:50 -0500 Report

Ok, you posted a link to an article about Aspartame. If the stuff is so dangerous, why aren't the "trial lawyers" suing anyone? They sue drug companies for side effects of medicines even when those side effects were right there in the TV ads. So, where are all the law suits?

BTW, I don't drink diet sodas. I don't care for the taste of artificial sweeteners. I do use Splenda, however.

Inrvizion 2011-09-05 00:06:40 -0500 Report

There has been lawsuits - http://www.natural-health-information-centre.... - just so you know. Sorry if I was snyde, I just thought maybe you drank diet soda or something b/c you are defending artificial sweeteners. Like I said to each their own, I just think people have a right to know that Asparatame in particular is dangerous to your health.

nay1414 2011-09-03 08:46:57 -0500 Report

high blood sugar causes headaches.That is something to think of when tempted to eat sugar or high carbs.I had a slip up last night.But today is a new day.

stilllearning 2011-09-02 16:17:41 -0500 Report

Sweet-n-low is my sweetener of choice but notice just one packet in my tea or coffee makes sugar rise dramatically. Why? Any advice?

cindygal1 2011-09-02 13:33:42 -0500 Report

I use the Truvia with my husband and ran out had a box orSplenda and he doesn' like it at all, we ar looking for a desk to put my new computer in the living room now, so that when he is sick I can be where I can here him if he needs me. Good luck,Iwould have those spots checked out. bye for now.

camerashy 2011-09-02 11:27:51 -0500 Report

Uh . . . Going with Gabby, here. Also, the sweetener in such as Sweet'N Low is one of the ingredients in paint thinner. Wonder now why you feel better?

GabbyPA 2011-09-03 08:02:39 -0500 Report

Yep, But I will say that Neutrasweet and Splenda were the ones I consumed more than the other. I was on a flavored water kick really strong after I was diagnosed, and I started to feel just generally crappy and my chest just felt full. I can't really describe it, but when I stopped the sugarfree foods, It was amazing how I felt so much better. I read a book called Sweet Deception that made me stop cold turkey.

GabbyPA 2011-09-02 08:54:36 -0500 Report

Here are some links to some discussions on sweeteners that you might have been looking for:
As you can see, it is a huge subject for most of us.

Personally, I use stevia and some stevia products such as Truvia. I try to stay more with actual stevia and even grew some in my garden this year. I can't bake with what I grew from my garden, but it sweetens drinks just fine.

I avoid the big three: Splenda, NeutraSweet, and Sweet N Low. I didn't realize it, because I grew up on it pretty much, but they made me feel really bad. When I went cold turkey on them, I was shocked at how much better I felt. I avoid them nearly 100% now.

There are other choices as well such as Xylitol, palm sugar, agave nectar and a few others. I use agave to replace honey in recipes. It has the same carbs, but is lower on the glycemic index. So it doesn't work for everyone. I use raw sugar instead of white sugar in recipes that just need that texture because it is less processed. Or I use dark brown sugar in that place. But for the most part, I use Stevia.

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