Sugar alcohols

By xquid Latest Reply 2009-10-21 12:55:07 -0500
Started 2009-09-22 16:41:28 -0500

When I was diagnosed, initially with type 2, in Jun 98, I immediately started looking for the sugar-free cookies & candy - only to find out that "excess consumption may have a laxative effect". "May" my ___! I was changing my underwear & bedsheets 3 times a night! There is very few products on the shelf that is sugar-free and I can safely eat. With the new sweeteners today, such as Splenda, why is sorbitol et al still used? As it is, when you are counting carbohydrates, the carb count per serving in Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies for example is almost no different than Chips Ahoy.

9 replies

jayabee52 2009-09-26 11:06:15 -0500 Report

I believe I have tried almost every sugar alcohol out there. The ONLY one that did not have a laxitive effect on me was Eritherol (spelling?) But it's hard to find candy with that in it. I have pretty much given up on artificially sweetened candy, because once I start eating it I can't seem to stop until it's gone.

To sweeten my tea I can use the pink packets or the blue packets but can't use the yellow as that gives me the "trots" too. Haven't tried stevia yet, so don't know about that.

kdroberts 2009-09-25 09:27:29 -0500 Report

You hit on something when you said there is no real difference in carb content between sugar free cookies and regular. I bet there was a price difference though. When you are looking at things where sugar is not the primary source of carb, like baked goods, then it's kind of pointless to look for sugar free options.

I'm undecided about stevia. I've tried it many times and I can't get myself to be completely happy with it. The main place I have it is in place of sugar in tea and it's strange. Hard to explain but it's like I'm drinking two separate things. I taste the unsweetened tea but then I taste the sweetness of the stevia. Very weird.

Turtle 2009-09-25 02:31:15 -0500 Report

My dr. told me to watch out for those sugar alcohols as they count up as sugar. Like Harlen, I eat the real deal just a lot less of them than I used to.


Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2009-09-22 18:35:32 -0500 Report

Hi xquid,

Many people find that sugar alcohols upset their stomachs. For that reason, I've become a big fan of the natural sweetener called Stevia. It's worth trying!


fortenbm 2009-10-21 12:55:07 -0500 Report

Sugar alcohols do not bother my stomach, but I have been using Stevia for my coffee for some time now.