Sugar or a Sugar Alternative; Which one do you use?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-12-23 07:33:33 -0600
Started 2011-10-22 11:37:59 -0500

There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not diabetics should use sugar, or a sugar alternative, and why.

Pros, and cons aside, which one (if any) do you use?


12 replies

theladyiscrazy 2013-12-23 07:33:33 -0600 Report

I cannot do artificial sweeteners as I am allergic to them all. I use honey, maple syrup (100% pure), and some raw sugar. I try and keep things very basic and use only more natural sweeteners. Yes, I do occasionally eat something with regular white sugar (like the 15 carb piece of fudge I will have when my daughter makes it). LOL

NaoV1 2013-06-07 00:30:32 -0500 Report

NEVER NEVER NEVER will I use an artificial sweetener!! It does kill rats you know, plus Splenda causes kidney failure. If I MUST use a sweetener . . I just use regular sugar or sugar in the raw AFTER I see I can't use natural honey or REAL fruit juice or fruits. See, our bodies are made for NATURAL foods, why put more chemicals in it? Sure sugar is processed, but how much does a person need of that or salt for that matter? :)

Gracie40 2011-11-08 08:25:12 -0600 Report

Mickey dearest, Stevia in the Raw is allegedly cup for cup or tsp. for tsp. of sugar. In other words, you can use Stevia in the Raw in a recipe the same as sugar. If the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of sugar, you would use 1 1/2 cups of Stevia in the Raw. Now, that being said, I have not tried this. As far as your tea goes, I would experiment. Try 1/2 t. Stevia in the Raw, and if not sweet enough, then add more. We can always add more, but regrettably cannot take away. Awww…you're sweet enough. :)

MEGriff1950 2011-10-27 16:36:30 -0500 Report

I opt for sugar. I do not sweeten my coffee and do not drink soda pop. Splenda for some reason spiked my blood sugar badly when I tried baking with it.

MissyLeBlanc 2011-10-27 16:10:11 -0500 Report

If you mix one packet of sweet-n-low and one packet of splenda it tastes just like sugar. I was just recently diagnosed & I learned this from a man I attend church with.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-22 22:09:14 -0500 Report

I have never liked artifical sweetners. Could never drink diet drinks cuz of the aftertaste. But, of course, now with D things have changed. I heard about stevia and thought what the heck i'll give it a go! So in my green tea just this morning i put in my lemon wedge and added one packet. BIG mistake! It was SO sweet that i couldn't drink my tea! Next time i will try with just a itty bitty bit and go from there! But I think i could possibly use it in my tea. By the way, does it matter if it is Stevia in the Raw?

Type1Lou 2011-10-22 14:59:15 -0500 Report

I choose to use Splenda. Even after I read Suzy Cohen's condemnation of any and all artificial sweeteners in her book "Diabetes Without Drugs". Ms Cohen raises some interesting issues about our eating habits and the processing of our foods. For me, Splenda is the lesser of two evils since it still permits me to enjoy some sweet dishes without raising my BG as much as the sugar would.

pixsidust 2011-10-22 13:39:51 -0500 Report

Below are Your two prior discussions on the same topic. It seems you already have replies and some answers yourself.

Patty0057 2011-11-18 13:25:21 -0600 Report

Does anyone find that artificial sweeteners raise their BS? Several times now I had high readings after using splenda & it does not seem to be coincidental. I am a newly diagnosed type 2

Caroltoo 2011-11-18 14:50:17 -0600 Report

Yes, it raises mine, too. The sugar alcohols that supposed don't cause a problem, also give me an increase. I am experimenting with various forms of stevia.

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