"Sugar free" candy

By Chopstix Latest Reply 2015-03-19 00:43:26 -0500
Started 2015-03-08 16:33:16 -0500

I recently purchased some sugar free candy to see how it would affect my blood sugar readings. After trying a couple of pieces this past week on separate occasions my blood sugar the next day was higher than normal. I am inclined to sue the companies for false advertisement because they do contain 'sugar alcohol'. Has anyone else tried them and have had similar readings.

22 replies

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2015-03-18 22:32:12 -0500 Report

What I find funny is that most diabetics count carbs and sugar free candy has just as many carbs as regular candy. So it just doesn't seem worth it to me to waste my carbs on something other than the real thing :)

Chopstix 2015-03-19 00:43:26 -0500 Report

I just wanted to see how they would affect my blood glucose and what they tasted like and if anyone had any adverse reactions to them. My questions were answered…

jodo1 2015-03-12 23:01:14 -0500 Report

"Xylitol /ˈzaɪlɪtɒl/ is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener. The name derives from Greek: ξύλον, xyl[on], "wood" + suffix -itol, used to denote sugar alcohols. Xylitol is categorized as a polyalcohol or sugar alcohol (alditol)." So says https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylitol

Supposedly good for your teeth somehow. But as related to diabetes I found the following:
"Possessing approximately 33% fewer calories, xylitol is a lower-calorie alternative to table sugar. Absorbed more slowly than sugar, it does not contribute to high blood sugar levels or the resulting hyperglycemia caused by insufficient insulin response. This characteristic has also proven beneficial for people suffering from metabolic syndrome, a common disorder that includes insulin resistance, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and an increased risk for blood clots. Xylitol is used as a sweetener in medicines, chewing gum and pastilles."

But what do I know, not any more than what I can find somewhere. :)
God bless and heal you all who have diabetes.

jayabee52 2015-03-12 23:13:46 -0500 Report

Howdy Jodo
Thanks for sharing what you learned about Xylitol.

God's best to you
BTW from what you wrote "all you who have diabetes" one would get the idea that you do not share in our disease. Is my guess correct? I saw no info on your profile which said one way or the other.

MrsCDogg 2015-03-11 16:02:38 -0500 Report

Sugar free does not mean low carb. There may still be ingredients in it that can raise your blood sugar.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-03-10 20:10:49 -0500 Report

Sugar free does not mean that it is entirely free of sugar. I eat some of it but the chocolate taste horrible so I just eat the regular chocolate. I have found candy that was totally sugar free. I now can't find it.

I have never had sugar free candy that affected my blood sugar. I am not saying that it doesn't but I usually eat the candy when I am doing something.

Type1Lou 2015-03-09 14:50:21 -0500 Report

"Sugar-free" does not mean "carbohydrate free" and carbs are what generally cause your BG to increase. In my early years with diabetes, I ate lots of sugar-free products (usually sweetened with sugar alcohols which do metabolize more slowly than glucose). One of the unpleasant side effects of sugar alcohols for me was gastric distress. It was unpleasant for me as well as for those around me…"if you catch my drift". I now indulge in one square of real dark chocolate every now and then (Ghirardelli or Lindt)…a single square only has 5 grams of carb…and no noxious gas!

Chopstix 2015-03-09 15:39:49 -0500 Report

I was just trying them to see what they tasted like and how they affected my blood glucose. I won't be doing that again…

GabbyPA 2015-03-09 14:32:09 -0500 Report

Sadly, if I eat candy, I eat the real thing. I have cut out all "sugar free" products except 2 from my pantry. I still use sugar free jello and drink an occasional diet soda. If you look at the carb counts on your sugar free candy, specially chocolates, they are not a whole lot different from real.

The other problem I have had with the "sugar free" game is that it makes me inclined to eat more, because it's sugar free. That is where a lot of issues can come into play. I did that once with sugar free cookies that were given away at an expo. I ate more than I should have and they made me sick.

Chopstix 2015-03-09 15:46:28 -0500 Report

Just trying them out to see what they are like and how they would affect me. My meter said no and I agree. Two pieces took me from a reading or 109 to 136 overnight. I'll be saving my money on those by letting them stay in the store…

GabbyPA 2015-03-09 16:07:09 -0500 Report

When it comes to candy, I stick with dark chocolate that has very low carb and hits the spot for me.

lilleyheidi 2015-03-09 00:34:39 -0500 Report

I've had that experience with some sugar alcohols, and not with others. I think it depends on what type it is as James said. Also I've had the GI problems that others have mentioned. I'm trying to cut way back on all artificial sweeteners, but as yet have not cut them out completely, it's a hard and slow process for me.
I'm not sure you'd get far with a law suit as they are truthfully "sugar" free, but they do indeed contain artificial sugar which brings in the SA. I'm not sure. Good luck with that.

jayabee52 2015-03-08 21:12:29 -0500 Report

Howdy Chopstix
I did that not long after I was Dx'd with T 2. I had explosive diahrrea, especially after I ate something with malatol. It took me a while to figure it out.
Of course the wrapper to those candies are imprinted with: "may cause laxitive effect". So that may put your lawsuit in a world of hurt.

I have looked at a NSA pie which had malitol in it and the carbs were more in that than in a regular pie.

I however have found some sugar alcohols which do not negarively affect my BG levels or my digestive tract. One of those is eritherol. Haven't had so much as a breaking of wind with this SA.

It is a matter of just avoiding the ones which makes you feel crappy (literally) and those who don't..

God's best to you

Chopstix 2015-03-08 22:49:37 -0500 Report

It wasn't the "laxative effect," it was as if I had eaten regular candy. Just glad I paid attention to how they affected my blood sugar…

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-08 16:35:51 -0500 Report

I've tried them and my blood sugar didn't change too much, but my time on the porcelain throne sure did! I can't take those sugar alcohols. Rips my insides up big time.

Chopstix 2015-03-08 22:52:28 -0500 Report

My GI tract wasn't affected any and that's a good thing. My blood sugar rose as much as if I had eaten regular candy. Now I know…

Pegsy 2015-03-08 16:46:56 -0500 Report

All artificial sweeteners other than Stevia have that effect on me and it doesn't take much. Not worth it!

Chopstix 2015-03-11 12:14:52 -0500 Report

My apple and cranberry cobbler didn't have any bad effects on my blood sugar. The only sugar added was about a spoon brown sugar. Also added mace, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger. For my first cobbler it came out and tasted better than I thought it would. Spices are all to taste and didn't take much more than a pinch or two…

Chopstix 2015-03-08 22:55:32 -0500 Report

My wife asked me to do something with apples and cranberry sauce(with berries). I did and tried a bit and now waiting to see what it does to blood sugar. :-)