By lolasim1 Latest Reply 2013-07-15 13:12:58 -0500
Started 2013-07-14 06:50:59 -0500

I caught the end of a new program a few days ago and the discussion was about how bad artificial sweetners are for people with Type 2 diabetes. I have been scouring the internet trying to find some information about it, but I have not found anything that says it is bad. Does anyone have an opinion or have read anything about this?

8 replies

Pureld 2013-07-15 13:12:58 -0500 Report

These two articles reassured me that the diet coke (Acesulfame-K and Sucralose) I'm drinking daily isn't poison.

I also don't find my blood glucose elevating after drinking diet coke.

Read the ingredients list and look them up. Read about them on Wikipedia and follow the links to real scientific research papers and essays. Don't just believe a hyped news article by a journalist who probably did not do enough research.

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-14 23:42:14 -0500 Report

Artificial sweeteners are just bad for people in general. They raise blood sugar levels higher than normal sugar and, in some cases, have been linked with some forms of cancer.
If you truly want to use a type of sweetener that is healthy for you, get non-bleached sugar. It's all natural and if you open the bag it is a brown color and the crystals are bigger than normal sugar crystals you're use to seeing. Now, don't get this confused with brown sugar. It's completely different. :)

lolasim1 2013-07-14 21:23:26 -0500 Report

I use a teaspoon of sugar in my coffee, no cream, every morning. I found it interesting that they were saying artificial sweeteners are bad because my nutritionist stressed to me to give up my 1 teaspoon in favor of the artificial monster. I refused, no one messes with my coffee.

Nick1962 2013-07-14 15:16:15 -0500 Report

While not specific to T2's, published just a few months ago, a research study (on Splenda specifically) seemed to show that this sweetener actually increased blood sugar levels in obese people that consumed sugar afterwards. Insulin levels were reported to be 20% higher also after use, and suggesting long term use could possibly alter the way your body processes sugar.

Additionally, another study links artificial sweeteners to weight gain

Personally, I don’t put much weight on just a few individual studies, but since many of these sweeteners are fairly new, long-term effects have not been studied. My own (and only mine) opinion and experience – we put enough junk in our bodies so I think it would be far safer just to eat the natural sugar product, just in way smaller quantities. I also know that using sugar substitutes only perpetuate sweet cravings, which you can be “weaned” away from, which ultimately would be better for a diabetic in the first place.

trchmlls 2013-07-14 12:25:50 -0500 Report

On the website here it using splenda in a lot of its recipes. I use 8 packets once daily. I think like anything in moderation most things are ok.

bjswarden 2013-07-14 10:34:30 -0500 Report

yes I have also heard that they are not good for us. but have not heard anything else about it PLEASE KEEP ME INFORMED.

Rebelove 2013-07-14 10:22:37 -0500 Report

Great topic…glad you brought it up! :) I have heard this about artificial sweeteners, too, but what else is a diabetic supposed to use? Through experimentation, I have learned that Maltotal shoots my BGs up very high and very quickly, but other than that I don;t know much about the subject. Please keep me posted, and let me know what you find out! :)