sugar alcohol

By 10fluffy35 Latest Reply 2010-02-08 14:59:40 -0600
Started 2010-02-08 05:27:01 -0600

what does the sugar alcohol mean on the
nutritions listed on back of package of
sugar free popsicles? Does that enter in
your carb counts?

6 replies

kdroberts 2010-02-08 14:59:40 -0600 Report

Tricky question since there are many different ones and each one reacts differently with each person.

They are carbohydrate, for instance sorbitol starts out as glucose, but they have been altered so they digest differently. Best advice is to test and see. Some people say ignore them completely, some say use 1/3 of the carb, some say 50% some say 2/3 and some say all. You will have to see how they work for you. Be warned though, the change in digestion means that excessive consumption (which can be as little as 5g or less for some) can lead to some very uncomfortable GI effects. Personally I don't like them and think manufacturers are not honest about the role they play so I try to avoid them as much as I can.

Zimoss 2010-02-08 14:50:04 -0600 Report

according to the last diabetes education class the new guidelines (this was in December 2009) state that you should count HALF of the sugar alcohols as if they are carbs since not all of the alcohol is absorbed, but some of it is.

Example if you eat something with 10g of sugar alcohol, you should account for 5g as an intake of carbs… but seriously if you are only eatting 5G of carbs, you should be ok. :)

Harlen 2010-02-08 10:28:01 -0600 Report

If you stik to what the carb count is and that will tell you what if any afect it will have
Best wishes

ptsparkle 2010-02-08 09:33:02 -0600 Report

Good question. I chew a bunch of Extra chewing gum, and that's on the label also.Doesn't seem to mess with my sugar levels, but the carbs??

JulieC 2010-02-08 07:26:44 -0600 Report

Wait alittle while and some will tell us all what that is…cause some one on here knows…but its not me…I dont have a clue. By the end of the day we will know :-)

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