Splenda and BG spikes?

By sweetslover Latest Reply 2014-12-30 22:31:41 -0600
Started 2014-12-24 23:01:22 -0600

I tried Splenda for the first time yesterday. I sprinkled a TINY bit on a small bowl of frozen peaches. I have found that I can eat a small bowl of peaches without it causing BG problems. Two hours after eating the peaches with Splenda, my BG had spiked 90 points. I had not done/eaten anything different other than the Splenda. I almost freaked. Can anyone tell me if the Splenda is the likely culprit? I don't want to risk trying it again if it is.

32 replies

Hawkeye4077th 2014-12-30 15:14:05 -0600 Report

I don'f think the Splenda was to blame! Fruit contains sugar in the form of fructose. I'm not saying this is what happened but psychologically you might have thought that it might be ok to have a little more peaches because you were going to sprinkle a little Spends on them. It's just a thought. Now, I wouldn't add sugar or an artificial sweetener to a bowl of peaches. That's just me though.

sweetslover 2014-12-30 15:24:33 -0600 Report

I eat peaches all the time and I carefully measure out the amount each time. I have been eating them plain—no sugar. This is the first time I have tried Splenda. There is nothing psychological to this episode.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2014-12-26 10:12:25 -0600 Report

I generally have no problem with splenda…but I only use like 2 packets a day in my coffee..one in the morning and one after dinner..what I have a serious problem with is sugar free chocolate…can't eat it for some reason…I have tried on a couple of occasions and my blood sugar shoots up and I end up with my roll of TP being my dearest closest friend for a few hours…

Pegsy 2014-12-25 07:00:21 -0600 Report

All artificial sweeteners, even in the smallest quantities, give me diarrhea. I only use Stevia and sometimes Xylitol for baking. Neither of those seem to give me any problems.

As far as what happened to you with the peaches and Splenda…I would not allow one test to dictate. It could have been anything, even your test strip. I would try one more time, just to see.

GabbyPA 2014-12-26 05:46:03 -0600 Report

You know I always forget about Xylitol. It is good for baking as it offers the bulk and traits that sugar does.

Pegsy 2014-12-26 07:07:16 -0600 Report

Unfortunately I was up several times during the night with diarrhea. :( It had to be the Xylitol. There was nothing else that I ate that could have caused it. I'm back to using nothing but Stevia. It I eat dessert on rare occasions it will be the real thing in very small quantities.

GabbyPA 2014-12-26 09:02:01 -0600 Report

I used to try to play the "diabetic friendly" game with certain foods. It really just doesn't work. I am better off eating one or two real cookies over eating a lot of other things in there.

Some day, I will just get it though my head that just because I can eat it doesn't mean I should. I really got to get back on the cold turkey band wagon. My family has been given fair warning.

sweetslover 2014-12-26 11:50:53 -0600 Report

I allowed myself to eat 1 real cookie on Christmas day. I savored it. My daughter was laughing so hard at me that I thought she was going to have an accident. It took me 2 minutes to eat my cookie.

sweetslover 2014-12-25 17:37:51 -0600 Report

I guess I will give it one more try, just so I will know for sure if the Splenda is the problem.

Hawkeye4077th 2014-12-30 15:20:28 -0600 Report

In addition to the post I just wrote about 4-5 mins ago; Personally I find that Splenda has a very unpleasant aftertaste! But, then again, that could just be me.

GabbyPA 2014-12-25 06:10:01 -0600 Report

I have heard several members express a similar reaction. I have not personally had that issue and now I no longer us Splenda so I cannot tell you for sure. Try it again without the Splenda and see if it goes to the same as before.

jayabee52 2014-12-25 04:35:40 -0600 Report

Howdy Sweets
My metabolism is unable to handle Splenda (Sucralose) in that when I used to drink Shasta sodas with it in it I got explosive diarrhea. It would hit me about 2 hrs after consuming the soda so it took a while to figure out what was causing it. Eventually I did.
90 points rise in BG to me is way too much. My cut off point for avoiding a food or drink completely is a 50 point rise. There is a way of testing that I use to determine if a substance (food or drink) plays nice or naughty with my metabolism. It can be found here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

But from what you say I would avoid Splenda like the plague

Praying for God's best for you and yours

lilleyheidi 2014-12-25 02:22:13 -0600 Report

I personally have never had a problem with Splenda, I use it every day as it is in the Crystal Light that I drink. I used to eat a bowl of cereal in the morning and had no problems with it, and on occasion have a cup of blueberries and sprinkle a bit on those and have never had a problem with a spike. However, that being said, everyone is different. I might try it again, and check. Good luck and Merry Christmas, HUGS, Heidi

RebDee 2014-12-25 02:22:03 -0600 Report

I don't use Splenda in the blue packet.

GabbyPA 2014-12-25 06:13:11 -0600 Report

Splenda comes in a yellow packet. Neutra Sweet and Equal come in blue packets. Sugar Twin is pink and Monk is orange. Truvia is green and sugar in the raw is usually brown. Of course good old white sugar comes in a white packet. We have a rainbow of sweeteners. LOL

RebDee 2014-12-25 09:58:35 -0600 Report

I've been using the pink packette for so long and it seems to be ok for me so I steer clear of the others.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-25 18:28:27 -0600 Report

I can't use Saccharin at all and it is the worse of the artificial sweeteners. I have not seen it in a restaurant or anywhere else until I went into a Royal Farms stores coffee bar. It was the only bin that was full.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-26 14:58:17 -0600 Report

Just a few lines in favor of the pink packets. I too have use them very long time, with no side effects.. Most of the others do one thing or another to me physically I mean. We know what they are already, no need to get into that. However, they say it's bad for us and I do plan to change. Just when,
well I'm not to sure about that. LOL VL