sugar free foods..Don't believe it!!!!!!!

old biker
By old biker Latest Reply 2012-08-14 06:05:19 -0500
Started 2012-06-21 10:07:37 -0500

Because US food labeling laws in the recent past have permitted and thus encouraged product items to be called "sugar free" if they do not contain common table sugar ( sucrose), the mere substitution of another sugar for sucrose has permitted the packager to deceive the consumer legally..Most so called sugar free products have been for many years full of sugar that most certainly will raise your blood sugar level.. here is just a partial list of the sugars you will find in diet or sugar free products
carob…Honey…saccharose…corn syrup…lactose…sorbitol…dextrin…levulose…sorghum…dextrose…
Some such as suborbital and fructose, raise blood sugar more slowly then glucose but still to much and to rapidly to prevent a postprandial blood sugar rise in people with diabetes.
Other diet foods contain either sugar alternatives to sucrose, large amounts of rapid acting carbohydrate, or both..Many of these foods like sugar free cookies are virtually 100% rapid acting carbohydrate, usually flour, so even if they didn't contain one of the above sugars..consumption of a small quantity would easily cause rapid blood sugar elevation.
I recently discovered my sugar free creamer had as much sugar as the regular kind and it cost more..Like everything in life you have to read the fine print

51 replies

jigsaw 2012-07-15 06:40:09 -0500 Report

My experience with so called sugar free foods is that many still list the carb content on the label ! Some have more carbs than similar foods with sugar. So check the carb content. Check the labels for carbs. A perfect example is sugar free chocolate. I have seen sugar free chocolate with higher carbs listed on the label then regular chocolate with sugar! No sugar or sugar free does NOT mean no carbs !!!

GabbyPA 2012-07-18 09:25:24 -0500 Report

Yep, because we focus on sugar so much we forget that other things contain carbs and add to the mix. It is like making a sugar free cake. What about the flour? It doesn't really make it any friendlier and so I would rather eat a smaller piece of the regular stuff than mess with the added expense of "sugar free" and get all those crummy chemicals as well.

jigsaw 2012-07-18 16:57:56 -0500 Report

I agree, the reasoning behind the labeling and sugar free foods does appear ridiculous at times!

Tony5657 2012-07-12 04:21:20 -0500 Report

Thanks Ol' Biker for your VERY informative posting. I'm trying my best to stay away from the artificial, made in the lab type ingredients and am finding it more & more difficult. To read some of the labels, I need a jeweler's loop!

old biker
old biker 2012-07-12 05:44:05 -0500 Report

Me too…You are invited over for supper tonite I have a pot of beans that has been soaking over night and your recipe is on my desk, that's the truth

Tony5657 2012-07-15 04:02:41 -0500 Report

Have fun, my friend. Very often I eat "my" pinto beans using that recipe twice a day. It's fun to have something to eat that I like very much and knowing it's actually good for me.

Somoca 2012-07-11 20:45:50 -0500 Report

I was surprised to learn that my seasoning had sugar. I purchased it because it had no MSG and I didn't have to buy numerous seasonings, then I read the ingredients and not only did it contain sugar but it was high on the list…I be dipped…smh.

GabbyPA 2012-07-11 20:20:06 -0500 Report

Bravo! Those labels need to be read in all details. It is eye opening when you do. Thanks for the great tips.

old biker
old biker 2012-07-11 21:19:18 -0500 Report

I have to bring the old magnifying glass with me when i go shopping I feel like Sherlock Holmes !! LOL

GabbyPA 2012-07-13 16:02:28 -0500 Report

LOL, me too. I do that granny look through my glasses to see some of that stuff. It is a headache, but we have to do it.

jigsaw 2012-07-15 06:51:48 -0500 Report

If the print keeps getting smaller, and my vision continues to decline, I am going to invest in a microscope for label reading !

Melode 2012-06-26 20:15:35 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes it's really annoying to have to do this for everything, but I guess it's worth it.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-23 07:31:41 -0500 Report

Thanks for this I am still trying to figure out all of this. I also see things from a perspective that may be is my own way of living. Before D I felt like everything was in moderation and that's how I have always treated my diet. If I wanted a candy bar before I would eat maybe 1/4 or a bite of my husbands slice of cake. Now with D I do the same no I don't eat candy bars, but on occasion will have a sugar free small chocolate piece or my coffee with sugar free creamer. Is this bad having these treats once in a while?

jayabee52 2012-06-23 07:44:58 -0500 Report

really, SA, the only way to tell that is to let your meter be your guide.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-23 18:36:03 -0500 Report

My BG levels are not affected with lil treats gotta live. Some days sugar free jello cups and low fat whipped topping are so yummy!

old biker
old biker 2012-06-23 07:43:33 -0500 Report

Oh no..go right ahead..Life would be so boring if it wasn't for little treats once in awhile..I am I like to think pretty rigid in my diet..But every now and then,,need I say more :-)

Dean0868 2012-06-22 14:40:58 -0500 Report

It is so important to not only read nutrition labels, but to understand them as well.

So, does anyone know how sugar alcohols work?

GabbyPA 2012-07-11 20:21:49 -0500 Report

And to read the ingredients. Those are where the real truth is. I put a lot of things back on the shelf after I read the ingredients...or at least the ones I can pronounce.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-22 18:49:25 -0500 Report

not sure but sugar alcohols are artificial sweeteners made from plant carbohydrates found in fruit and berries..Fruits are on my no eat list..That I do know Don't know much else about them

GabbyPA 2012-07-11 20:23:59 -0500 Report

If you find out what the artificial sweeteners are made from and what they become with the processing, you would never touch a sugar free item again. is creepy. A lot of them are from GMO sugar beets (Splenda) NeutraSweet has the equivalent of wood alcohol in it, that is not digestible by humans. That is why so many have adverse reactions to it.

mackwhite 2012-06-22 04:47:38 -0500 Report

yes i also heard somewhere that these sugarfree supplementare not good for lunch..

old biker
old biker 2012-06-22 05:52:17 -0500 Report

I try to stay away from anything that comes in a package..I found for me, I have to be very rigid in my diet if I want to stay in control..All this stuff fooled me at one time and that is my fault

Somoca 2012-07-11 20:43:30 -0500 Report

There is an official name for what you do old biker, I can't think of it now, darn. But there are a lot of people who will not eat foods that come out of a box or container. They say it works. I think it is actually called"nothing out of a box".

Thomas Shulin
Thomas Shulin 2012-06-21 18:14:12 -0500 Report

Thank you for this post. My patients don't believe me when I try to explain to them that they are still getting sugar. They believe the brand labels more than me and it's a hard battle to fight. I have to explain what they are doing is bad but in a friendly way so they stay as a patient of ours. I'll be passing this post along, thanks again.

Type1Lou 2012-06-21 17:32:34 -0500 Report

So true. What I find astounding is that many of the so-called lite or diet versions of products contain more carbohydrate than the regular version of the same product. (Next time you go to the grocery store, check out the same brand of salad dressing, regular vs lite or low-fat; in most, if not all cases, the "lite/low-fat versions have more carbs!) READ THE LABELS to learn how many carbs are in a serving.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-21 17:21:30 -0500 Report

Great discussion!! Most people think that it is better to buy the sugar free version when in reality alot of it is worse for you. You really do have to do your homework when reading labels to know what you are reading. Just because it says sugar free or fat free doesn't mean it is the correct choice.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-21 17:39:49 -0500 Report

That's right, There are a lot of people out there spending their hard earned money on this junk,,thinking they are eating healthy..Then wondering why their BGL numbers are spiking all over the place, getting frustrated because they can't seem to get a grip on the problem..I was one of them at one time, I'm speaking out of personal experience

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-21 17:59:25 -0500 Report

I'm sure we have all bought something and then paid the price. It is so expensive to buy sugar free as well when you can get the real thing and cut the serving down or make your own. But, we live and learn:)

jayabee52 2012-06-21 12:38:17 -0500 Report

Absolutely one needs to read the labels, old biker.

One little correction: any of the above "sugars" ending with "- ol" is a "sugar alcohol" not necessarily a sugar. Excess consuption of sugar alcohols can cause a "laxitive effect" (aka "the trotts" or "Hershey squirts")

Juan M.
Juan M. 2012-07-31 03:02:41 -0500 Report

So true! And has been the cause from most sugar-free gums. This issue actually hit the news and certain journals. Helps to get some reading done. ;-)

Type1Lou 2012-06-21 17:36:20 -0500 Report

I didn't quite get the "laxative" effect from sugar alcohols but but they sure increased my flatulence. I steer clear of them now, much to the pleasure of my companions!

arsmithsr 2012-06-21 13:07:42 -0500 Report

The sugar alcohols do not raise blood sugar and do not have a lxative effect on all people but they do in some. If you are one of those it does affect well it will be most unpleasant to be polite. Pain cramps bloating and diareah. I do drink the sobe and another brand of flavored waters that use erythrytol and have no issues but some do.

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