Splenda VS Sugar

By riquelskyy Latest Reply 2011-09-27 10:09:54 -0500
Started 2011-09-26 12:32:26 -0500

Which is better for you?
Does it depend on the person how it affects your body?
I've read the pros nd cons of splenda but what's true and untrue?

12 replies

flipmom 2011-09-27 10:09:54 -0500 Report

im a splenda user, but one time i drank regular tea with sugar thining it was diet and didn not cause me to spike… so im cutting back on splenda and use sugar sparingly..

Marytea 2011-09-27 09:06:05 -0500 Report

I have one cup of coffee with chicory (cafe du monde) with 1% milk and 1 t of sugar every morning. It seems to have little effect on my blood sugars. I was using Splenda but artificial things just plain worry me. Figuring my carbs, my coffee is about 6 carbs and worth it to me. Lots of thoughtful info here from other members.

jayabee52 2011-09-26 16:49:47 -0500 Report

Howdy Alannah!

Splenda (which is a brand name for Sucralose) has been much discussed on DC: You can see a list of those discussions here: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?qu...

Recently we have been discussing Splenda/sucralose on the discussion Splenda Spoiler: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/12...

You are correct it does depend on the person how it affects one's body. I can have 1 or maybe 2, 8 oz cans of soda with out effect, but if I drink much more than that I have extremely loose bowels.

After having read a lot about it I have come to the conclusion that FOR ME it is best to avoid ALL sweeteners altogether. If I really MUST have something sweet it is better for me to have a little sugar or honey than any alternative sweeteners.

Each person must make a decision on sweeteners based on their own research and what works for them.

Blessings to you and yours


mebetty 2011-09-26 19:38:08 -0500 Report

Good feedback James…The way I drank soda, splenda seemed like a good alternative. However after 3 years using Splenda I developed a series of maladies. From my experience it is best just to cut down on sugar whenever and wherever possible and stay away from sweeteners. There is nothing 'natural' about them. The only 'natural' sweetener is honey. While honey has incredible healing properties, for diabetics it should be used with extreme caution and in very small quantities. I have coffee maybe 2 or 3 times a week (rather than every day) with only 2 sugars (instead of 3). I monitor myself very closely. If I see my bg even slightly increase I drop it altogether for a few weeks. It is important to realize that you will always be a diabetic and need to monitor yourself. In a short time you will understand your body and make your own choices. Anyone's experience should be taken as a new topic to research before applying it yourself. And always be sure to keep your doctor informed. It is the only way your doctor can determine your progress or lack thereof. Be informed, monitor yourself closely, and you should do just fine.


jayabee52 2011-09-26 19:55:41 -0500 Report

I only very rarely drink coffee Betty, as it seems to raise my BG levels even black without any sweetener. I also don't want to make my kidneys work harder than needed as they are failing too. So on the rare occasions I do indulge in coffee I have learned to take it without anything else in it.

I love honey, having been a beekeeper in my youth. Growing up we had 70 colonies of honeybees and for breakfast we had honey on our wheaties or cornflakes. I didn't know what sugar on my cereal was until I left home.

mebetty 2011-09-26 20:16:31 -0500 Report

staying away from coffee is the best you can do. I didn't mean to promote coffee, and I hope it was not interpreted as such. I meant to share where I cut down on certain no-no's. But you are so right to stay away from caffeine altogether. I stay away for a couple of years then pick it up for a bit. But it's best to eliminate it forever. It helps with my headaches . . . but other than that no other redeeming quality.

jayabee52 2011-09-26 20:25:21 -0500 Report

I did not take it that way Betty. I generally stay away from it unless I am embarking on a long road trip. Then I will use it to help me stay awake.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-26 13:10:19 -0500 Report

I for one did not do well with splenda when I tried it on cereal or in baking. It spiked my bg badly and kept them high for a long time. For what little sweetener I need I use sugar, I do not foul my coffee or tea with sweeteners (yes you southerners that is what I said LOL). The best way to tell which will work for you is if you keep a journal and write what you eat and your bg's after keeping in mind that what you are adding it to might raise your bgs also.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-26 16:38:29 -0500 Report

mARY, YOU DO REALIZE THE Southern (whoops) states will have to put a hit out on you. There is no such thing as unsweetened tea south of the mason=Dixon line, in fact i think they have it raised to a federal offense!

jladytiger1979 2011-09-26 20:01:09 -0500 Report

Southerner diabetic here. No hit out & I have given up trying to choke down unsweetened tea!! LOL I can't use substitutes but haven't use much in the way of stevia\truvia yet. Everything else either has an aweful after taste or causes the bowel issues. I do like honey in my Earl Grey but I use less than a tsp & count it in my carbs for the day :)

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