Could You Last a Year Without Sugar?

Gabby
By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-05-31 02:21:35 -0500
Started 2014-05-24 20:26:22 -0500

I don't just mean sugar, but sweet. We try to trick ourselves into "sugar free" folly. But can you go without the sugar that finds it's way into our foods? That cup of coffee, glass of tea, sugar free cookies, etc. Can you get that craving of sweet to go away?

Here is a story about a family that went 1 year without sugar and the interesting things they found out about their everyday life. Their days missed from school, how their taste buds adapted and more.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/my-heal...


88 replies

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-29 10:35:16 -0500 Report

SUPERCHARGE your insulin sensitivity before each carbohydrate-containing meal in just a few seconds with the below 5 ingredients – each of which has been clinically shown to dramatically improve both insulin sensitivity and your body's ability to process carbs.

Here they are:
#1. Cinnamomum Burmannii, a potent extract harvested from Indonesian cinnamon bark that has been shown to effectively assist in managing blood sugar after a carbohydrate-rich meal while increasing your body's ability to process the carbohydrates you eat by up to 10 fold!

#2. Berberine. This rare plant alkaloid has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine in India. Berberine works slightly different by improving the signaling between insulin and its associated receptors while also increasing carb uptake by lean muscle for energy, not fat.

#3. Pterocarpus Marsupium is another all-natural herbal remedy used by Ayurvedic physicians in India. In fact, Pterocarpus Marsupium is so effective that it was shown in a recent Indian Journal of Medical Research study to reduce blood sugar levels 2 hours after a meal by a whopping 21%.

#4. 4-hydroxyisoleucine, a natural phytochemical extracted from the Fenugreek herb harvested in the remote regions of Eastern India, has been scientifically shown to increase carbohydrate storage in muscle cells while decreasing carbohydrate fat storage through the sensitizing of insulin receptors in muscle tissue.

4-hydroxyisoleucine has also been shown to interfere with the process by which the body converts muscle protein to sugar for energy. This encourages fat loss (instead of muscle break down) and aids in the retention of calorie-burning lean muscle as you lose fat. This is great news because the more lean muscle you hold on to as you diet, the more calories your body naturally burns without any extra effort on your part

#5 - R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA). Alpha Lipoic Acid is a naturally occuring fatty acid made up of two isomers, S-ALA and R-ALA, of which the R isomer has been shown to be significantly more effective and bioavailable. In fact, R-ALA is clinically proven to increase insulin sensitivity by an impressive 25% in just 4 weeks and is so powerful at managing blood sugar that it's even used by German doctors for the treatment of various nervous system conditions caused by high blood sugar.

Does anybody have any experience with these?
Do they work?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-05-30 17:53:29 -0500 Report

The only one I have had good results with is the ALA. I use 600 mg two times a day to help with my foot neuropathy. Come to think of it, I have been out of it for some time....need to make an order for it.

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-30 17:59:01 -0500 Report

Where do you get it? What brand?
I use Swanson but see no difference if I take their ALA or not.
I found R-Fraction ALA and no difference…

alternative1
alternative1 2014-05-30 23:28:01 -0500 Report

you can use L-histidine, which is an amino acid to help with your neuropathy. and benfothiamine..which is a fat soluble b vitamin…in conjunct with it..

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-29 09:21:38 -0500 Report

Gabby, Katie Couric is on the case.
She was part of making a documentary "Fed up" about childhood obesity:
This, of course, applies to all people.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/katie-couric-...

Ignore the Viagra ad.

Hops
Hops 2014-05-27 15:57:15 -0500 Report

As a juvenile diabetic I require sugar either as glucose or as a fruit to treat hypoglycemia. Sugar without a glass of 2% milk or whole milk causes another hypoglycemia. Ironically skim milk is the one milk that raises the blood sugar fastest.

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-26 09:02:45 -0500 Report

My husband and I have no cookies, no candies, no cakes, no ice cream, no sodas, no fruit juice. We have some fruits but not every day. We drink tea and coffee without any sweeteners, but coffee with some almond milk. We buy nothing in the box but make all meals from scratch from whole organic foods. I make a green juice every day, a cup per person.

I bought one lb of sugar for the last time in 2005 but never used it and was looking for it this morning because Mike wanted to make a solution for hummingbirds. He reminded me that I threw it away. Mike is 160lb (all muscles) and I am 116, both in our 60s.

BTW, we eat no bread, pastas, no grains at all…
And we have fermented foods (for good bacteria) every day: pickles (no vinegar) and sauerkraut.

It can be done, if one knows why…
P.S.
Dr. Mercola sent this today titled "How to Eliminate Junk Food Cravings for Good":
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ar...

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-05-28 19:17:44 -0500 Report

evaziem, see what you think of this link.

http://www.quackwatch.com/11Ind/mercola.html

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-29 08:31:03 -0500 Report

FDA wants to silence the science!!!!
Ignorance and corruption.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-05-29 09:53:29 -0500 Report

There is truth, ignorance, and corruption on both sides of the fence! Let me know when you can show me facts other then opinions, otherwise it's a never ending barrage of nothing but opinions. The fact is, people see things the way they want to.

Here is a simple fact. I have gone over 20 years with diabetes, and with that one exception, I am probably healthier then most people in my age bracket. So far, I have zero complications.You decided to see it as good genes! Certainly, that is part of it, but I can assure you that I would have left the planet, or at least had severe health problems, if I did not intervene (due to not so good genes and lifestyle).

How long have you had diabetes?
I've gone through the stages of opinions that you are mentioning, years ago. After 20 years of intense searching, what I have discovered is that I have much to learn. Some people seem to have an answer for everything, and that is what I call ignorance! I don't see any revelations taking place!

What have you done (personally) that has actually helped you or others control diabetes???

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-29 10:44:43 -0500 Report

I do not have diabetes yet. My father had it and I was borderline pre-diabetic in 2010. I took it very seriously and my A1C was 5 and now is still in a good range.

I saw a video "Sugar, the bitter truth" by Dr. Robert Lusting, MD of University of California, San Francisco, that Paleo Diet can reverse diabetes 2 and I jumped on it immediately. And it works!!!

I KNOW if I would eat grains (that I was
brained-washed were good for me) again and indulge in sugar, I would be diabetic very quickly…

I posted it but will repeat:

"My husband and I have no cookies, no candies, no cakes, no ice cream, no sodas, no fruit juice. We have some fruits but not every day. We drink tea and coffee without any sweeteners, but coffee with some almond milk. We buy nothing in the box but make all meals from scratch from whole organic foods. I make a green juice every day, a cup per person.

I bought one lb of sugar for the last time in 2005 but never used it and was looking for it this morning because Mike wanted to make a solution for hummingbirds. He reminded me that I threw it away. Mike is 160lb (all muscles) and I am 116, both in our 60s.

BTW, we eat no bread, pastas, no grains at all…
And we have fermented foods (for good bacteria) every day: pickles (no vinegar) and sauerkraut."

This is what I have done for my husband (who is very grateful) and myself. We also exercise including hiking every day at 9000 feet elevation in a nearby Colorado national park.

I am a food "gestapo" for our adult children and my family. I tell anybody who would listen how to prevent diabetes as long as possible.

Also, we posted on our business' sign "Paleo Diet can reverse diabetes 2" and it was there for a month for the public to see. We are at a busy U.S. highway and many people must have seen it.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-05-29 17:58:45 -0500 Report

A LONG WINDED BUT POSSIBLY INFORMATIVE PIECE!

Looks like we are employing many of the same ideas, and concepts! I agree, that a Paleo type diet, Atkins diet, and many low carb diets will definitely help manage blood glucose successfully. I know for a fact, that some of these diets can reverse diabetes ( not cure ). They all have some good and helpful concepts, but unfortunately there are many modified variations of each one of these diets. There are also many variations in those with diabetes. These variations include health, lifestyle, genes, and the stage of diabetes that they may be in. Without the guidance of an expert, these diets could lead to health problems in the long run. When I say expert guidance, I don't mean from a book! I'm referring to the physician of ones choice, that can monitor your physical health in person.

Most of these specialized diets have not been that well known for that long. This results in a minimal amount of available info on long term results, when it comes to these diets. Keep in mind, there are many authors making a fortune on these diet books!

Personal results such as my food plan, or yours are of minimal consequence to others without professional and expert guidance and monitoring.

I was on the Atkins diet long before many people heard of it. Paleo diet was a term that was rarely if ever heard or used back then. I thought I found the best solution at the time. It would have been almost impossible to convince me differently! After all, I got off all meds, with an Atkins food plan, and exercise. Those that I knew with diabetes were not coming close in successful results. I stayed on the Atkins plan with eventual modifications for many years, and all appeared wonderful.

Now here is my personal experience, after years of being on the Atkins, and Atkins type diet. Eventually, in spite of the Atkins, I eventually needed diabetes meds. Because I was eventually on meds, and with a host of other possibilities, I can only tell you what my suspicians are with little evidence or medical proof. First off, I got a kidney stone. After extensive testing, my kidneys were found to be very healthy and fully functional. No medical explanation was given by my nephrologist, PCP, or endo. Next, I experienced bouts with constipation so exteme, that I can't begin to describe the discomfort or pain. Again, I actually saw 5 doctors with explanations that didn't apply or help. Next, it was discovered that I had a cyst on my pancreas ( my sister died from pancreatic cancer). I was put under strict observation by a team of specialists at Duke Hospital, that entailed an EUS and biopsy every year until recently. Seemed I had more unknown type cysts every year. Eventually 5 to be exact. There is more, but I'll wrap this long winded essay up.

While all this was happening, I went to a dietician that works at my endos office, and although I still have a low carb food plan, I radically changed the way I eat, and stopped the Atkins plan. My cysts magically disappeared, and no sign of them as of a recent MRI. My constipation shortly disappeared also with no reoccurrence for a few years now. I have experienced no kidney stone before, and since. As a matter of fact, every condition that showed with the extensive medical testing that I experienced (Way more TESTS then most people), is currently non existent.

Could it be magic? Was I simply lucky? Maybe it was just my super genes. I really can't say for sure. I know that I follow many of the food plan concepts given to me by my dietician. So after a couple of years with my new food plan, exercise, elimination of all oral meds by choice, and going on insulin by choice, ( I still produce insulin ) I have no previous signs of the medical conditions mentioned. I have no specific medical explanation, so I'll leave it to your imagination. I have at one point or another utilized many of the natural supplements mentioned, food plans and concepts mentioned PREVIOUSLY, NOT CURRENTLY, and this is where I am after more then 20 years! In good health relatively speaking, with no serious health conditions other then diabetes, no diabetic complications so far, AND, I eat my fair share of mainly complex carbs through vegetables. I also eat some fruit. I have for the most part eliminated processed foods, and especially junkfoods, but I do admit to cheating from time to time! I'm enjoying life WITHOUT what I consider to be extreme restrictions, and IT WORKS FOR ME!

HOORAY!!!!!!

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-30 09:20:31 -0500 Report

Good for you! Thank you for such a detailed and informative piece.

I have to argue that many doctors are not as good as you would think. They make mistakes with sometimes huge consequences, like one's death.

I used to think doctors are gods, but when they removed my entire thyroid because they thought it was cancer (it was not), I see the docs as they are: erring humans.
I had a small goiter due to iodine deficiency (now I know) and instead giving me iodine, they wanted to operate to make this goiter smaller.

I have another painful example of docs' incompetence. In May 2010, I went to Walmart and got scared like never in my life. When I entered, a test fire alarm was activated. It lasted for 30-40 seconds and the level of decibels was about 10 times as necessary… I froze and stood there paralyzed instead of evacuating…

I never have headaches nor ear aches but after this encounter I had both for about 10 days. And slowly I started having EVERY DAY pains in my back that with time moved to the front where the heart is. For three (3) years no doctor could tell me what it was and there was no help. I had tests and more tests including angiogram. My pains had intensified and I was thinking that I did not want to live that way. I did not want to take pain killers I was given and I just suffered. But I kept working and never missed a day.

I saw 12 doctors, some multiple times without any resolution.

And guess what, I figured it my myself.
I spotted an email in my thyroid Yahoo group titled LDN. I never saw this acronym before and I looked.

I WANT TO SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOU AND WITH THE GROUP.

LDN IS A MIRACLE CHEMICAL that not many doctors know about.

========LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone)========

Historically, Naltrexone, in 50 mg doses, was approved in early 1980s to treat opioid and alcohol addictions. Soon after, Dr. Bernard Bihari discovered that low dose Naltrexone at a maximum of 4.5 mg a day is beneficial for a long list of autoimmune and nervous systems diseases, as well as cancer. The low dose application is called off-label and the medication is compounded into
1.5-4.5 mg capsules, OR, a 50 mg tablet (e.g. Revia) is dissolved in 50 ml distilled water and a syringe is used to take the precise amount of Naltrexone. The syringe method is preferred by the LDN community and it is highly economical, a few dollars a month. LDN is also being given to pets and horses.

Since May 8, 2013, I've been taking daily low dose Naltrexone, called LDN (2.25, 3.00, then 4.5 mg). LDN is very safe. There are no side effects although some patients report a minor sleep disturbance at the beginning of taking it.

IT WORKED for me immediately and I am 99% pain free. Sometimes, I have a small pain, but low grade and goes away quickly.

I diagnosed myself as having fibromyalgia from that Walmart scare and my doctor agreed with me.

In my opinion, ALL PEOPLE OVER 50 SHOULD TAKE IT TO HELP WITH THEIR FAILING IMMUNE SYSTEM.

See links on my web site:
http://www.woodlandparkcolorado.org/ldn.html

There are two Yahoo groups for LDN:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LDN_Users...
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/lowdosen...

The second one has a problem: You may not be accepted as a member. We do not know what the criteria are and the denial does NOT contain the reason. Sick and pained people are seeking help with their illnesses and somebody had the audacity to turn them away.

Please ask me any questions.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-05-30 16:09:45 -0500 Report

You won't get an argument from me, when it comes to the quality and skills of some doctors.I am very cautious, when it comes to choosing my physicians. and quite frankly, I have rejected quite a few after meeting them. Afterall, they are only human also, and they certainly do make some serious mistakes.

My mother was a nurse back in the day. She worked with an obstetrician. I heard stories that most people would never be exposed to. Not trying to frighten anyone, but here is just one, that might curl your toe nails. There was a young girl in her 20s that lived around the block from where I grew up. She went into the hospital to have a simple D&C procedure performed. Unfortunately, the anesthesiologist forgot to turn on the oxygen while administering the the anesthesia. It destroyed her brain, as determined by the autopsy.

I definitely take an active role in my health along with my doctors care!

Your info on LDN is interesting. I am not familiar with it, but I will research it further.
You've caused my curiosity to spike!

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-27 09:10:58 -0500 Report

I would like to share this warning about pre-washed veggies:

http://institutefornaturalhealing.com/2014/05...

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-05-27 09:42:46 -0500 Report

Ok, well that's gross. I found a cleaning recipe for fruits and veggies. It's water, white vinegar and baking soda. I fill my sink with water and put my veggies and fruits in it. Then I pour about 1 cup of white vinegar into it, then add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda. Watch the fizz! Give everyone a nice little scrub and rinse. This also will extend the life of your veggies in the fridge. I experimented with strawberries once. Washed some and left the other ones to wash before I eat them. It was amazing. The pre washed ones I did lasted about a week longer.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-05-26 06:19:31 -0500 Report

I'm doing so well, I refuse to place anymore food restrictions into my life. The concept of eliminating sweetners as expressed is a healthy idea, I'm sure. I'm shooting for age 90, trying to make it to age 100, is just to much trouble. (-;

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-26 09:32:29 -0500 Report

You are lucky having good genes.

Not all of us have them and that is why we have to take action and restrict some foods that are known to bring diseases…

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-05-26 11:00:39 -0500 Report

Not so sure about the good genes, I've been taking restrictive action with foods for over twenty years! Besides, I only have 5 pairs of genes that I know are good, and they are my blue jeans! The rest are simply a mix of good and bad. Hopefully, the good outweigh the bad in dominant traits.

Tony5657
Tony5657 2014-05-26 05:31:39 -0500 Report

Gabby, answering your "topic" question, a huge YES. I've done it and so can anyone. Dr. Mercola has a very informative article "How to Eliminate Junk Food Cravings for Good" which he explains in detail. He discusses sugar and artificial sweeteners and the evils they do to our body. Here is the story introduction:

"Processed food manufacturers go to great lengths to find the perfect blend of salt, sugar, fat, and additional flavorings to excite your brain’s reward center, thereby assuring you’ll be back for more
One of the most effective strategies to eliminate sugar cravings is intermittent fasting, along with diet modifications that effectively help reset your body’s metabolism to burn fat instead of sugar as its primary fuel
Replacing processed foods with homemade meals made from scratch using whole ingredients is the ideal way to ensure optimal nutrition. This will eliminate most refined sugars, fructose, and other addictive ingredients."

Here's the very long link to the entire article:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/ar...

Thanks Gabby for this very important discussion.
Tony5657, "Sugarless" in New Braunfels, TX :o)

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-05-26 07:57:02 -0500 Report

I have been missing you. Glad you chimed in. I know you have eliminated it so much. I know it's possible. Hard, but the worst part is in the beginning.

Brendieb
Brendieb 2014-05-25 21:45:30 -0500 Report

As I have done research on artificial sweeteners and they are not good for any one as they do cause Alzheimer's and other problems. I have also watched Dr. Oz and he has had a few other doctor's on his show talking about them and how they are not good for any one and for so many different reasons. Also there had been a man who lives in SC and he had to have both of his legs taken off from his knees and it was from taking it. So I would just go without or just use the honey to protect myself the best way I can. Just a note of my research I have done about that. My dad has been using it for a very long time and now he is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's and it's not great. Hope this helped any one out.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-05-25 17:34:18 -0500 Report

The only thing I sweeten is my tea and coffee. I use aspartame for that. Yes … I am concerned about the health risks of artificial sweeteners and would like to give up tea and coffee … but other than water that is all I drink. I have looked at stevia several times … but at 3- 4 times the price of asparrtame that ain't gonna happen on my limited food budget.

evaziem
evaziem 2014-05-30 17:53:33 -0500 Report

Aspartame? This is so bad for you! Please!

Why destroy the true taste of whatever we drink?
We drink no sweetened tea and coffee with a little of almond milk.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-05-30 19:23:59 -0500 Report

I am trying to quit using it … not because it is 'bad' for me. I do not believe that there is any scientifically sound proof that it is dangerous for human consumption, but rather because it is no nutritional benefit to consuming it.
Almond flavored water? as much as I love almonds I just can't drink the squeezin's

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-05-25 17:45:51 -0500 Report

I wonder if you could get used to drinking unsweetened tea and coffee? I've found that I actually prefer unsweetened tea because I taste the flavor of the tea, and not the sweetener. ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-05-25 19:27:09 -0500 Report

I do occasionally drink my teas unsweetened and try and do that more.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-05-26 07:59:03 -0500 Report

I can do tea unsweet, but coffee is hard for me. I don't drink it often for that reason. I have to put milk and sweeten it. So I just try to avoid it. Not a problem in summer, but it's one of my winter drinks.

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2014-05-25 17:40:50 -0500 Report

Stevia is expensive compared to artificial sweeteners. But there are places you can get it cheaper than in the supermarket. I order mine from www.swansonvitamins.com Half the price than the stores and they run specials all the time. I order 5 boxes at a time and figure it's worth it for my health :)

peewee0618
peewee0618 2014-05-25 14:56:47 -0500 Report

I don't use sugar but I do use splenda which to me is a sugar substitute. when I eat cereal instead of using the sugar substitute, I use fruit which I think is better.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-25 21:21:11 -0500 Report

I think Splenda makes everything very sweet. It is good for tea but I don't like it in coffee.

peewee0618
peewee0618 2014-05-26 07:42:55 -0500 Report

Sometimes it does and that is when I cut back on how many packs I use. Sometimes I use 2 and sometimes I use 4. Depends on what I am putting it in/

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2014-05-25 18:16:59 -0500 Report

Fresh Fruit is so much better than any sweetener. Especially berries. The fiber that is in the fruit does a lot to counteract any sugar spikes. A lot of diabetics fear fruit but if it is a part of a healthy diet it's actually good for us. Though I would eat the higher sugar containing fruits in moderation other fruits can be eaten several times daily as part of a balanced and healthy diet.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-05-25 23:45:53 -0500 Report

Fresh fruit in moderation is good. Right now cherries are coming in season and they have a lower glycemic index (GI) than apples, for example. Make sure that you weigh your food before you eat.

peewee0618
peewee0618 2014-05-26 07:44:10 -0500 Report

Does this apply to fruit. At one time, I was told that when eating like grapes, you should only have like maybe 6 or 7 at a time. I thought since fruit is natural sugar it does not matter.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-05-26 08:00:42 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, sugar is sugar and we have to watch how much of it we take in, even if it's in fruit. I love fruit and watermelon is one of my summer favorites. I have to be careful. It's very easy for me to eat too much.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-05-26 08:56:02 -0500 Report

There are many types of sugar. Simple sugars include glucose, fructose (found in fruit) and galactose. The table or granulated sugar most customarily used as food is sucrose. In the body, sucrose breaks down into fructose and glucose. Other sugars include maltose and lactose (found in dairy products). Each type of sugar has a different glycemic index, a measure of how quickly blood glucose levels rise after eating. Glucose (the defining standard) has a glycemic index (GI) of 100. Table sugar (sucrose) has a GI of 65. Honey is 50. Fructose is 25.

So fruit contains a type of sugar that does not have as much effect on blood sugar as does table sugar, but you should still be aware of how much you are eating. That's why I use a kitchen nutrition scale.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-05-25 10:13:34 -0500 Report

Wow! Thanks for posting this Gabby…it's really eye-opening. Do you mind if I share it on the Medtronic Ambassadors' Facebook site? Reading labels and nutritional content info has become a "must" for me. I do think I could go a year without sugar since my diet consists of lots of fruit and vegetables and more "natural", less processed products. Even the idea of eating a Twinkie makes me gag!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-05-26 08:02:06 -0500 Report

I suppose it depends on how that site likes you to share other people's content. I know here, we cannot share a whole article, but we can provide links. Either way, I am sure they don't mind passing along the power of sugarless lifestyles.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-05-26 09:58:24 -0500 Report

I have had my hand slapped for mentioning non-Medtronic-endorsed brands but not for sharing some of these items. I remember a book titled "Sugar Blues" back in the mid-1970's, right after I was diagnosed that touted avoiding sugar.

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2014-05-25 07:19:35 -0500 Report

I don't add sugar to anything, even baking. I don't even have it in the house. And most of my shopping is no sugar added products. Those that I can't find I try to make using Stevia. Stevia was an awesome find. I've talked about it a lot in my Wellness Coaching and on different articles and blogs. It is natural (plant) and super sweet, you need very little to sweeten things. The other benefit is it actually helps regulate glucose levels as well as BP. It works with your body not against it. A great site for healthy sugar free recipes is www.sugarfreemom.com

Rmj814
Rmj814 2014-05-25 17:13:39 -0500 Report

I tried Stevia when it first cam out. To me it had an after-taste of Licorice. I like licorice, but not in my coffee.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-25 21:19:17 -0500 Report

Stevia does have a horrible after taste. I am allergic to it and truvia. I use aspartame in my coffee and tea and on my cereal when I eat it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-26 20:57:17 -0500 Report

Doesn't matter. I can't use it because I am allergic to just about all of the natural sweeteners. Doctor recommended I stay away from it.

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2014-05-25 18:24:34 -0500 Report

I have tried some Stevia products that have an aftertaste. It really depends on the company and if there are additives to bulk it up. The only ingredient present should be Stevia (organic), or Stevia and Inulin Fiber (for bulk). You'll find the after taste is very low if any (varies by tastebuds) but goes away after a couple days of using it.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-05-25 07:59:44 -0500 Report

I like the link you put in there. Very interesting.

Coach Cheryl
Coach Cheryl 2014-05-25 12:41:39 -0500 Report

I love her site and it's not all about being sugar free but about eating healthy. I've tried many of her recipes and haven't come across one I didn't like yet! :)

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-05-27 07:59:07 -0500 Report

That is great. I am trying to wean the family off of grains and she has some yummy sounding alternatives.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-25 02:37:02 -0500 Report

I am a no sugar added person, so probably not because I love my fruits which is a different type of sugar and even though it is better for me, it can affect my blood glucose too. I love veggies which even some of them can raise your blood glucose, for me corn is one that I have to be careful how much I eat. I salute anyone else who can go without added sugar, but I wonder how sugar free it is just not adding sugar.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-05-25 08:05:05 -0500 Report

The idea was not to not eat sugar except for what is in the whole food state. It's not a diabetic thing, just an experiment this lady did with her family. We too often, just fake out the sweet we add by making it calorie free. But what they did was take out the sweet all together. I know when I cut way back on it, I don't crave it so much. But like any addiction, one slip up and you are back on that slippery slope. My family would never try it, and I don't have the discipline to do it when there is other stuff in the house to tempt me.

I am like you with corn. I love it, but it certainly doesn't like me. I have been trying to find ways to use it to replace wheat, but it's not a good alternative for me.