Artificial Sweetners and foods that are made with them.

By nuvitaesfl Latest Reply 2009-08-27 18:37:08 -0500
Started 2009-08-27 12:13:02 -0500

My friend developed diabetes after having a liver transplant. It seems his blood glucose levels are very unstable. His medications also interfere with the liver properly breaking down. He has been complaining of sharp electric like pains going down from his right hip throughout the leg. I was thinking it might be like a muscle cramp and sometimes not drinking enough water will do that. I asked him and he said he is drinking about a gallon of Crystal Light a day. I was trying to just get a plain water count. I know that CL has aspartame as its sweetner can this be affecting him and he doesn't realize it.

Are there any suggestions what he can try to drink? I told him that other diabetics were telling me about Stevia and Agave are there any ready made drinks that use these?

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hbkunkel 2009-08-27 12:30:00 -0500 Report

I have found that if I make my own ice tea I am better off than drinking so much Crystal Light. I am affected by the acesulfame potassium in things like CL or diet sodas and watch to get things that do not have it like MUG rootbeer (diet) or Sweppes diet ginger Ale. Some times I use the powdered Propel to flavor my water and use more water than it calls for to dilute it further. There are also flavored herbal teas that I use to make ice tea with that are delicious. A friend of mine had to stop the artifical sweeten because they did a number on him as well. Good luck and I hope he finds something,

nuvitaesfl 2009-08-27 12:47:58 -0500 Report

I appreciate the feedback its hard when the person your trying to change is not yourself. I can suggest it to him though.


GabbyPA 2009-08-27 12:21:10 -0500 Report

I don't touch the sugar free stuff anymore, and you are on track with the possibility that the aspertame could be the issue. I felt so much better when I stopped drinking diet drinks.
There are some sodas that come with Stevia and I know Coke and Pepsi are working with Truvia, and Pruvia to get on the market a Stevia sweetened drink. My issue, is that it is still a soda.
What I do is fill a water bottle with water, lemon juice and a packet or two of a stevia based sweetener. I love it. Lemonade and it is ready to go. Not much more mixing that getting a crystal lite powder. There used to only be a couple of stevia based sweeteners to choose from, but now there are at least 5 that I have tried. They are all a little different and he might have to experiment to find the one he likes best.

nuvitaesfl 2009-08-27 12:49:10 -0500 Report

I appreciate that comment, I'll let him know to be on the look out for the sodas with Stevia in them.
Are the mixes sold in most retail/grocers outlets or specialty stores?

GabbyPA 2009-08-27 18:37:08 -0500 Report

I have not seen anything that is a premix kind of situation. Stevia is available in many forms. Most grocery stores are carrying Truvia and Pruvia. They have a texture more like sugar and they are sold in individual serving packets. In the organic or healthfood aisle of some grocers you will find a more pure stevia product like Sweet Leaf. That is more of a powder and is harder to disolve in liquid, but it is good to cook with.
So for convenience, there is no ready made mix. But he could use a koolaid without sugar and then add the stevia and you have a better for you drink.