Splenda, Crystal Light,

By 1stPJ Latest Reply 2018-02-01 19:20:42 -0600
Started 2013-08-08 00:12:02 -0500

I'm confused, my husband is diabetic and insulin dependent. He drinks loads of Crystal Light, and I am concerned about the Aspartame in the stuff. He constantly has indigestion and I blame it on the Aspartame in the Crystal Light.
When I bake something for him I will use Splenda, but now I hear that isn't good for you either.
So now I'm using Stevia and waiting for someone to tell me not to use this one.
It is so confusing.

18 replies

Headly 2018-02-01 19:20:42 -0600 Report

I’m new to the diabetic world. I suggest you talk to a nutritionist. It’s just a copay since most insurance companies want you to go. Anyway, my nutritionist told me to stick to stevia (sweetleaf) and in moderation. Artificial sweeteners may not be sugar, but the sweetness in them (16 times sweeter than sugar) can cause imbalance in your system. Good luck.

tabby9146 2013-08-19 09:52:12 -0500 Report

Stevia is good, Truvia, that seems to be the safe one. I avoid aspartame and use very little Splenda, rarely. I drink Crystal Light "Pure" it does not have aspartame or splenda in it, it has I think stevia or something like that, it is considered safe. They are so good, comes in so many different flavors. I also like to use my juice and get lemon juice in my water most days, they say that has many health benefits. I use whole wheat flour also.

joemonzo08 2013-08-13 12:03:06 -0500 Report

Can use whole wheat flour for a healthier flour choice and not sure if this was mentioned but there is an all natural or minimum processed sweeter called truvia. Haven't used it yet splenda has been good to me so far

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-13 12:41:21 -0500 Report

I have tried truvia and didn't like it because it upsets my stomach. You can use almond flour, wheat flour and I have seen soy flour.

linda28904 2013-08-11 22:58:19 -0500 Report

Sugar subs can trigger all kinds of responses in people, I cant drink Crystal light because it gives me indigestion. I know its the Crystal Light because when I stopped drinking it..the indigestion stopped too. Some one with constant indigestion needs to see his MD…I use the reduced sugar cake mixes and always make cup cakes ( to limit my portions ) and put them in the freezer. One mix can last for several weeks if its just me. If I bake from scratch I reduce the sugar by half or 2/3s if it contains fruit like banana muffins or blueberry muffins.
It took some time but I am use to the lower sugar content…Of course in my mind the flour is just as bad as the sugar.

Anonymous 2013-08-11 08:57:46 -0500 Report

Check the carbs. Drinks have hidden carbs. If he drinks 8 oz cans and it says 0 carbs, find out how many are in 16 oz. it may be one but if he drinks it all day long, that adds up fast.

peggy1255 2013-08-08 20:42:38 -0500 Report

I enjoy a sugar free treat once in a while , I have found I can handle only once or twice a wk, I to have tummy issues if I indulge more then once or twice weekly, I mostly drink water can't stand soda anymore taste funny to me, so I think it's ok to treat ourselves from time to time;) how much is to much , I don't think anyone really knows, if you feel bad stop is the best solution:)

Picture lady
Picture lady 2013-08-08 16:13:46 -0500 Report

Thank you Joyce, you're right. It's nice to talk it over with someone. I'll have my husband to talk to his doctor about the indigestion.
I know I like diet coke and coke zero, but the sugar substitute doesn't like me :0(

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-08 15:37:38 -0500 Report

I can't use Stevia, it makes me ill. I drink Crystal Light all day. They now make the crystal light with Stevia. I don't use Splenda because I think it taste too sweet. I stopped worrying about what is or what isn't good because 99% of the time it is surrounded by controversy. I do what is best for me. No one can tell you what to use. Each person would tell you something they use which will only add to your confusion. At the end of the day your husband would have to use what works best for him. Good luck and I hope he gets treated for his indigestion.

He should see a doctor about the indigestion. You can't blame the indigestion on anything until he finds out what is causing the indigestion. It could be the foods he is eating or it could be a form of acid reflux. Have him talk to his doctor about the indigestion so that he can get help for it.

If your husband is the diabetic, he has to be the one to decide what he can or cannot use. Every person on this site could tell you what they use which would probably confuse you even more. I have been through stevia, truvia, splenda and equal. The only thing I found that I can use on a regular basis that doesn't make me ill is the equal.

Salatinia 2013-08-11 10:51:47 -0500 Report

Have you ever tried Agava Nectar? It is a low glycemic sweetener so it is slowly absorbed into the body preventing spikes in the blood sugar. I use it for all my cooking and putting in tea. to use it in the cooking you would use 2/3 cup of agava in place of 1 cup of any other form of sweetener you would then decrease the liquids used in the recipes by 1oz as the agava is in liquid form. I have two very dear friends and my mom that were diabetics I made them apple pies, pumpkin pies, different types of breads all using the agava and their blood sugars never spiked eating the foods I made. My mom also ate mostly fresh veggies and only home-made meals nothing in cans or premade and frozen. This is just a suggestion hope it helps.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-11 18:34:54 -0500 Report

Thanks but I have tried that and it is way too sweet tasting to me. I buy apple pies cooked in their own natural juices without any kind of sweetner added. I can't stand pumpkin pie. Have you tried it in sweet potato pie or cakes and cookies. If so how did they turn out?

Most of the food I eat is home-made. I buy frozen veggies during the winter months once I run out what I have bought fresh, cooked and frozen.

Salatinia 2013-08-13 10:48:37 -0500 Report

Yes and the problem might be you are using it like sugar I sometimes use only 1/2 cup of the agava and all liquids are reduced by 1 oz. When you reduce the other liquids by 1 oz it helps with the texture. My girlfriend loves the banana nut loafs of bread I make and her birthday cake was a hit also. With agava you need to experiment with the amount as some people will think it might be too sweet but certain foods I will use 2/3 cup because of the acidity in the food and others use 1/2 cup or less because of the sweetness like certain fruits Hope this helps

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-08-13 12:40:01 -0500 Report

Nope before I put anything in food that I have never used before, I taste a drop or two or if it is poweder I dampen the handle of a spoon and taste it that way. I have food allergies so I always make sure I can eat it without a reaction. Agava taste too sweet to me. I don't like anything that taste way too sweet.

Salatinia 2013-08-14 12:25:57 -0500 Report

I understand. My husband loves it on his pancakes so I actually get the maple flavored or blueberry flavored ones. I personally don't like the sweetness of the actual agava like you said it really is sweet tasting but using it in the different menus you actually don't taste the sweetness as much especially using the measurements that I gave. Been using this for about 2-3 years now and even my family doesn't know yet that this is the only type of sweetener that I use in all my baking and cooking needs.

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