Artificial Sweeteners...

By Shelbo09 Latest Reply 2013-03-01 12:31:02 -0600
Started 2012-04-03 15:57:28 -0500

I'm sure this has been talked about here before, so excuse me if this is a reoccurring topic. I'm a happy newbie in this community :)

So I got diagnosed with T2D about a month ago and have drastically changed my lifestyle. I'm working out now, and completely cut out sodas, sweets, and most breads. My blood sugars are doing pretty decent with my new diet and metformin.

However now my concern is that I keep reading the dangers of artificial sweeteners…

I'm obviously using them more now because I'm not having any real sugar.
I drink a lot of crystal light flavored drinks, and learned that they use Splenda.
I also may put some sweet n low in my unsweetened almond milk.

My doctor gave me a paper on things I should stay away from, and things I can have "unlimited", and artificial sweeteners was on the unlimited side.
SO while that may make me feel safe coming from my doctor, I'm still concerned due to the things I've read about them.

Can anyone shed anymore light on this subject for me?
Do you use artificial sweeteners a lot now that you are diabetic? Have you noticed any health problems from them? Do you think they are safe?

20 replies

glennb61 2013-02-27 10:33:56 -0600 Report

Been using Stevia now for about a year. No issues and I bring along when I go to class so when I get coffee at school I don't have to use regular or raw sugar or other sweeteners.

glennb61 2013-02-27 10:26:16 -0600 Report

Started using stevia about a year ago after getting a sample no problems at all no after taste. I even bring it along when I go to school to put in my coffee I get there.

cast209 2013-02-27 10:18:08 -0600 Report

Xylitol or stevia! All natural all others are pretty much garbage, there is no money made on healthy people so some doctors don't always have the intentions to prevent sickness at there priority. They are taught, oh you have a cough? Here you go this drug will calm the symptoms for a bit.

locarb 2013-02-18 13:55:10 -0600 Report

Several of the brands of Stevia that I tried had an after taste, or worse. I did locate Nu Stevia and it's great. I use it exclusively. I've had great success with it. Fortunately, I no longer have cravings for things that I know I shouldn't eat anyway.

It comes with time. Be patient.

CaliKo 2013-02-18 10:15:13 -0600 Report

I don't use artificial sweeteners, and the longer you are on the fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grain diet, the less you will want the sweet. However, my Dad (also a T2) used sweet and low for decades in his coffee and tea with no adverse affects. I think it's one of the safer ones.

Safari4 2013-02-10 16:12:37 -0600 Report

Just 2 Stevia in morning coffee. No others. I've also read a lot of negative stuff. My nutritionist, who taught Diabetes classes for John Hopkins just recommends stevia and limiting even that.

MrsCDogg 2012-04-08 11:24:06 -0500 Report

The only sweetner I have problems with are sugar alcohols. That's what is used in most sugar free candy and a pretty fair amount in other stuff that is sugar free too. Here at my house we use Splenda. It doesn't seem to cause me any prblems. My husband who is not a diabetic actually likes it so I make his coffee and tea with it.
I think that as long as you don't use cups full of it every day it's ok. Just like most stuff, moderation is the key.

jayabee52 2013-02-11 00:00:10 -0600 Report

2 cans of Splenda sweetened sodas will have a laxitive effect on me. I won't touch the stuff! It is "Frankensugar"!

Anonymous 2012-04-05 20:08:47 -0500 Report

Try "Stevia" it is a natural sweetner and is 350 time more sweet than normal sugar with NO side effects.

Shelbo09 2012-04-04 16:45:38 -0500 Report

Thanks for the replies everyone.
I guess I'm just worried because the amount I use artificial sweeteners is ..every day now that I"m diabetic. I'm not even a month old into this disease, so completely cutting out sugar has been a challenge for artificial sweeteners and "sugar free" drinks is what I've turned to lately.

That's the main thing I use it in…drinks.
Like I mentioned, I drink crystal light, and I flavor unsweetened iced tea with sweet n low. Other than that I just drink water, but I do admit I use at least 2-3 artificial sweeteners a day for drinks. Do you think that could affect me in the future?

jayabee52 2012-04-04 19:13:40 -0500 Report

I have problems ingesting Sucralose/Splenda. It gives me "the trots" if I get more than 1 or perhaps 2 cans of soda containing it.

It depends on how your unique system metabolizes those sweeteners. I used to drink a lot of coffee and tea with SweetnLow in it, and don't think that has affected me that much, if at all. Nutrasweet/Aspartame has so much bad rap about it that I chose to severely limit its use. Now I don't use any of them since I had read reports about folks who drink a lot of artificially sweetened drinks end up with a lot of fat around the middle. The theory there is that we have triggers in the brain which when sweet is encountered by the tongue, another receptor in the brain expects a rise in Blood Glucose (BG) levels, and when there is no corresponding rise then one gets the munchies until it is satisfied.

That is why I don't use ANY sweeteners (artificial OR natural) i just drink filtered water.

Safari4 2013-02-10 16:15:33 -0600 Report

Well, said! Ever notice all the gas artificial sweeteners give you. Research definitely shows diet drinks make you fat. Yelp! Not worth it.

Caroltoo 2012-04-04 15:34:25 -0500 Report

Similarly to what Nick stated, I've read that artificial sweeteners still tell our brain that we are eating sugar so our bodies respond as though it were sugar which means we still get a jolt of underutilized insulin that we don't want just riding around in our blood.

Nick1962 2012-04-04 15:21:12 -0500 Report

I thought I'd wait for others to chime in. I don't use them, partially because I was never a "sweets" lover, and partially I didn't like the taste. Like Bamberg and tabby below, keeping that sweet taste around only seemed to reinforce my cravings, so I just do without. We still keep white sugar in the house, for the pinch or two needed in a vinegar dressing or such, and because we cook for others like church and such, but if we go through a pound in two years we're lucky.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-03 18:02:10 -0500 Report

Hi Shel, years ago when there was the issue of saccharine caused cancer in lab rats, there was a big scare. What they don't tell the public is you would need massive does of this stuff for it to have an adverse effect on you. Keep in mind, rats are much smaller than a human being.

If you are concerned about them, switch to natural sweeteners like Stevia or Truvia. I have tried them both. I added some just to get to the correct sweetness and found it too sweet. I also have a hard time digesting them. Both made me sick to my stomach for a few days. I know Crystal light now makes the flavored water packets made with a natural sweetener. Hope this helps.

Bamberg 2012-04-03 18:00:28 -0500 Report

I find that using artificial sweeteners just keeps the sweet tooth alive. I occasionally have a diet coke and that's all the artificial sweetener I use. I now have no craving at all for cookies, cakes, ice cream or candy. Like with cigarettes I use the theory that I can't have just one.

tabby9146 2012-04-04 09:54:16 -0500 Report

I was amazed that most of my cravings for those things diminished considerably. Sometimes I still have them but they are not as strong. I like to have a Diet Rite cola every now and then, no calories, no caffeine, sweetened with SPlenda, and I too like to avoid artificial sweeteners most of the time, just use on occasion.

byrun 2012-04-03 17:06:22 -0500 Report

The more I read about them the less comfortable I am using them, also. I will have a diet soda once in a while though. I use a little bit of sugar in my weekend coffee and in my oatmeal. Way, way less than before diagnosis. It's all about finding what works for each individual. So far this is working for me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-03 18:06:17 -0500 Report

Byrun I am a coffee hound and I didn't develop this addiction until I was diagnosed. I don't use white sugar at all anymore. When I make sweet potato pudding I omit the marshmallows (never liked them even as a kid) I add a little brown sugar. I use Equal in coffee and on my cereal and I have not had any adverse problems. I have added diet soda and I have one that last me all day. You are correct it is all about finding something that works for you as an individual.