A healthy Low carb sweetener?

KG66
By KG66 Latest Reply 2014-03-11 07:20:10 -0500
Started 2014-03-09 20:24:50 -0500

Hi all! I try not to used artificial sweetener too much, but when I do I am always worried that I am using the stuff that is bad for me… I use Splenda most of the time. I know this one is better than Aspartame but I want to know which one out of all won't give me longer term side affects. Please let me know! :)


24 replies

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-03-11 07:20:10 -0500 Report

Check out the "food babe"Vani Hari. She truly fnds out the dangerous ingredients in our food. The FDA is failing us by not protecting us! Just look at GMOs and the obesity rate in our country!

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-03-10 06:47:06 -0500 Report

I thought no artificial sweetener is advisable? I use coconut sugar or raw sugar. They are the best optios. I believe turbinado is the same as raw. I've tried to become less dependent by altering my need for sugar and accepting less sweetnes!
It takes years to find out the dangers of these newer artificial sweeteners. Meanwhile you are equal to a lab rat!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-03-10 18:16:26 -0500 Report

I use to use splenda! Then I woke up one night and caught myself nibbling on my wifes earlobe. I immediately switched to coconut sugar! Only 4 grams of carbs per teaspoon. Very little effect on my BG, I still nibble, but no longer on my wifes ear!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-10 07:34:31 -0500 Report

Actually I am not equal to a lab rat. I think people have to find what works for them. People have allergies to certain foods and some aren't. There is so much controversy surrounding sweeteners that I no longer pay attention to them. I think people have to learn to research and stop depending on what others say and learn for themselves. Then make a decision on what they are or are not going to use.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-09 22:36:08 -0500 Report

Splenda isn't any better than the artificial ones if not worse, It is made from sugar and contains sugar alcohol. I use sweetner in coffee and tea so I am not worried about long term effects because I don't drink tea and coffee all day everyday. I have tried all of the natural sweeteners but found I am allergic to all of them so they are not an option for me. If I bake anything which is rare, I use regular sugar.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2014-03-10 07:55:45 -0500 Report

whenever I have some coffee or tea I use Splenda at times, though rare, and I like to use regular sugar, the diabetes educator told me I could use a teaspoon but to check my numbers and see, that if I was careful the rest of the day and had say that amt. of sugar in coffee with a breakfast that had protein and fiber, I would be o.k. but to check periodically that in the future, my numbers did not start going up more, that things can change. so that is what I do, but it is not for everyone. some can do it, some not. I don't think all of the artificial sweeteners are safe, I stay away from them, except the one i mentioned, at times, better to be safe than sorry. I really do believe that aspartame is especially bad, but everyone has to make up their own mind. I used to love to drink Diet Rite drinks every so often, they taste so good and have splenda, but I gave those up a few yrs ago.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-03-10 03:53:53 -0500 Report

Joyce, it is sugar which substitutes 3 chlorine atoms for the hydroxyl (hydrogen and oxygen) groups on a sugar molecule. There is no sugar alcohols at all in the mixture.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-10 07:29:13 -0500 Report

I was reading two articles and said the wrong thing. I was messed up all day after I woke up and realized I had set my clock back instead of forward. I spent an hour looking for a jar of beets I thought was left in the supermarket and was about to call the supermarket when I found them in the fridge. I am back on track today.

ashley50
ashley50 2014-03-09 22:21:24 -0500 Report

Well i read a lot of reviews on it? & it seems to say in every review that it raises there bg's.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-03-10 03:44:50 -0500 Report

Reviews on the splenda Ash? That is strange as it is supposed to pass through you without being digested and therefore wouldn't raise BG at all.

ashley50
ashley50 2014-03-10 11:35:10 -0500 Report

No reviews in the whey one?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-03-10 15:07:16 -0500 Report

Yes, Ash, they are natural sugars and so they WILL raise one's BG levels somewhat, but according to the Wheylow site: "100% Natural Tastes Exactly like Sugar…Guaranteed! 75% fewer Calories than sugar 70-80% lower Glycemic Index than sugar
Only 1 Effective Carb per Serving . . . . "

had you read this review? ~ http://bariatricfoodie.blogspot.com/2012/10/f...

or this one? ~ http://www.sharonanne.com/whey_low_sugar_repl...

I have no vested interest in Whey Low, only want to show it as a healthier low carb sweetener than the artificials.

ashley50
ashley50 2014-03-09 21:56:19 -0500 Report

I heard that truvia is good? Dont take my word on that..? When i went to my endo, she said that she thought there was nothing wrong with using splenda tho?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-03-09 22:05:48 -0500 Report

Howdy Ashley
Endos are simply looking at the low carb aspects of any sweetener. They are not up to speed on the other aspects of the "non nutrative" sweeteners.

Please read the link in my reply to KG below and see if you think the same as your endo once you read it

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-03-09 20:55:04 -0500 Report

Howdy KG.
I hate to break it to you that Splenda (sucralose) is just as bad as Aspartame, maybe worse in that the sucralose does not break down in the environment. For details see the article here .~ http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ar...

That does not include the fat which accumulates when one's sweet sensing triggers are set off by the sweetness and when the expected calories do not come, often one gets the munchies and the calories expected are consumed, and sometimes over consumption happens. (This would be true also of the "Natural" sweeteners such as Stevia and its derivitives Truvia and Purvia.)

When I need to sweeten something, I use a product I discovered years ago when looking for a sweetener my wife could "stomach". I discovered (in an old discussion on much the same topic) a product called "Whey low" ~ http://www.wheylow.com/ my wife could tolerate it so we bought about 20 lbs of it..

You may wish to check out whey low's website to view their low carb claims.

God's best to you and yours

James

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-03-09 22:51:03 -0500 Report

whey low doesn't spike? it seems to have the same amount of sugar and carbs as sugar … about 4 g each per teaspoon. what am I missing.
not cheap … about $7 a pound

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-03-10 06:57:50 -0500 Report

Sounds like whey low has gluten. Have you tried coconut sugar?

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-03-10 18:03:31 -0500 Report

Coconut sugar is a good alternative! Low in carbs, and has little effect on my bg when used in moderation.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-03-09 21:45:55 -0500 Report

Jayabee52, what took you so long to mention Wheylow? I never heard of it, but I'm intrigued. I looked it up, and so far I'm amazed. It's available at Whole Foods store, which is 20 minutes from my home. What's the catch, does it cost a $100 dollars per ounce?