Real Sugar vs Splenda

By Chick32811 Latest Reply 2013-01-03 10:38:24 -0600
Started 2010-04-24 15:30:13 -0500

Many articles that I've read state that it's probably better to use a small amount of real sugar as opposed to splenda or another substitute because the substitutes have ingredients that hurt us in other ways…Is this true or does this have any validity to it??

34 replies

Type1Lou 2013-01-03 10:38:24 -0600 Report

I'm a Splenda fan. I feel that sugar, in the same quantities as Splenda would have more harmful effects on my diabetic health and blood sugar control than the Splenda. If I were not a Type 1 diabetic, I might think otherwise. Suzy Cohen in "Diabetes Without Drugs" makes a persuasive argument for avoiding any chemically altered/processed substances in our diets.

noel7 2011-07-12 04:15:28 -0500 Report

I used splenda in the past was told better than sweet n low and equal.Now use truvia,as far using small amount of sugar can't say will doctor.

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-06-29 13:38:40 -0500 Report

Hi chick32811. My doctor told me to look out for dietary products that have aspartame in them. That it could be harmful to some people with diabetic problems.

Jacquivan 2011-01-01 12:36:39 -0600 Report

From my experience with my Grandma she always used Sweet & low. Over the last year her eyesight has deminished alot. My dad found an article online saying that sugar substitutes cause propblems like eye problems, MS like symptoms and pain. She switched to regular sugar and in about a month she could read her bills with only her glasses that the month before were too tiny to read the month before with her glasses and a magnifying glass. She also seems less tired, and the best result was her sugar levels were on the high end of 150-200, after the switch they have gone down to the low 90-120.

debra630 2010-05-20 17:12:21 -0500 Report

I am also confused by this issue. I am currently using splenda but have added in Agave nectar since that is supposed to be a low glysemic sugar.

Not1 2010-05-20 10:14:16 -0500 Report

I don't use either sugar or splenda, I will use a bit of honey before anything. Honey is an alkaline food and I do as much as I can to alkaline my body.

tabby9146 2010-04-27 18:02:24 -0500 Report

I read all the replies, this is very interesting. I used to use Splenda a lot but not anymore because of articles I'd read. I use a little Truvia sometimes and a little real sugar, but never much. My diabetes educator said I could use a teaspoon or so in my coffee every morning, so long as I wasn't adding it to anything else during the day. I can get by with 2 teasp. and so I do that. If I want tea in the same day, I use Truvia. I have found that for me, I don't like the taste of any of them, none of them taste just like real sugar and many have an after taste.

Chick32811 2011-06-29 04:01:19 -0500 Report

this is very true about the after taste. *yuck*…I will say this, because there always seems to be a problem with alternatives, I've managed to drink my coffee w/o sugar, my tea with lemon only, my hot cereal, ive just added real fruit or raisins & lots of water. The hot cereal too a 'long' time to adjust, but its actually pretty good now~

radioactivejheri 2010-04-26 19:35:45 -0500 Report


I purchased stevia a few years ago, long before being diagnosed with TYPE 2. A conversation with a gentleman into healthy stirred my curiosity. Unfortunately, I felt that it was super expensive and nowhere near as sweet as I was led to believe or had read about. It had an off taste with a bitter after taste. I tried using more and less of it with the same results. Last year I tried Purvia and Truvia. The results were the same. Rather than throw it away, I did and is still using what I purchased last year to mix with my oatmeal until it is all gone; otherwise I use Splenda. When I first tried Splenda, it also had an off taste, but without the bitterness afterwards. I quickly adapted to it. ???

Deb-G 2010-04-27 21:16:17 -0500 Report

Yes for sure…the bitterness of it is a very common complaint…and you cant cook with it…So its a trade off in either direction…I think both are probably best in moderation as neither is really too good for us I think…what is? lol

Deb-G 2010-04-26 08:19:10 -0500 Report

I use Splenda and it effects me the least of the other substitutes…real sugar, even a tad in my coffee spikes me so I never never use it…I'll drink it black before adding even a tablespoon…Splenda however doesn't effect me at all so I've stuck with it :)

Before 2008, the FDA refused to even approve stevia as a sweetener. Which leads me to believe we shouldn't be too warm and cozy with that either…lets face it, nothing artificial goes without risks…The FDA did finally determine that stevia is "generally recognized as safe" in 2009, allowing it to be added to foods and drinks as a sweetener. So the generally safe indicates some percentage of risk as with all things…

I guess I'm just saying use what works best for you because it reality none of the above are perfectly safe…lol

JoleneAL 2011-06-29 04:43:52 -0500 Report

Deb - I look at sugar and my sugar starts climbing. I cannot stand the taste of Sweet N' Low … reminds me of diesel fuel for some reason. I use the WalMart GV brand of sweetener, which is the NutraTaste & Equal generic. However, boss provides Splenda & Sweet N' Low at work so I use Splenda there for my coffee.

Deb-G 2010-04-26 08:29:30 -0500 Report

I guess this insight is alot like mine… :)

Good Reading from

JoleneAL 2011-06-29 04:59:42 -0500 Report

Great article - but like anything else, we have to look at cost and all sugar substitutes are expensive. I want to start trying locally grown honey myself - but geez 16 carbs a tsp? (sigh)

pastork311 2010-04-26 09:29:26 -0500 Report

Having met a Docotor who specializes in Diabetic Care, because he has a 28 year old son with this condition and it is rather agressive with his son. He stated we will find something wrong with all the alternatives out their, but working with your doctor and comparing effects over 90 day periods really allows the patient to find what works for them best. He says, each persons chemical make up differs from person to person and should be analyzed as seperate from other individuals. Thus we have group testing on alternative sweetners and for every 100 people who try these sweetners a certain number have adverse effects, but the rest do fine.

Remember your results or levels spiking will differ from your own experience.

Deb-G 2010-04-26 11:28:01 -0500 Report

pastork…I agree with that assessment 100% …what works for some doesn't work for all…thus the vinegar theory, etc etc…I also have to say that there are alot of things I could grow in my window that would make me ill if I chose to eat them…I like also that you can cook with the splenda…helps me prevent bad things there as well…I do think its good to not use any one thing excessively…and I'm pretty sure other countries are not as strict as we are with things we ingest…bizarre things spike me so I am totally open to the idea that we are all very very different…

cpmt 2010-05-02 20:34:14 -0500 Report

WELL,yes you are right probably third wold countries. AT THE same time, there are other countries that had band medicines and other things that had not been band in USA. (like some plastics, and other things bad for humans)

Emma2412 2010-05-20 10:17:30 -0500 Report

I agree totally. I find that some of the things that doctors or the nutritionist at the diabetes classes tells me just don't work for me. Nothing works the same for every person. Doctors and nutritionists should know that, but a lot of them don't accept that explanation. They find it easier to blame the "patient." UGH! I've learned to do my own research about what I eat. If something causes a spike, then that particular food is off my list of things that I can have. Oh, and when I cook with Splenda, I don't add it until the pot is off the heat. I never let it boil or cook. I, personally, have never noticed any bitterness or after-taste with Splenda.

GabbyPA 2010-04-26 09:35:27 -0500 Report

The thing with stevia, you can grow it in your kitchen window. Put a leaf in your drink and there you go, natural sweetener. The reason the FDA did not approve it is because it is in bed with the makers of the artificial sweeteners. Stevia has been used in Japan for decades now, without ill effect. It is not a chemically altered sweetener, that is why it is much safer than the chemicals in the artificial ones.

SkipT 2010-04-26 18:10:40 -0500 Report

The reason stevia was "banned" for so long was because the makers of the sugar substitutes lobbied the FDA to keep it out. Now that Coke has seen fit to use it it acceptable. It has been used in Japan for over 30 years without any problems, but they actually ban Splenda there.

JourneySong 2010-05-16 11:53:38 -0500 Report

Stevia is not artificial. It comes from the plant Stevia rubidiana. I know because I grow the it in my garden. The reason the FDA won't approve it even though it has been in mass use in Europe and Asia for the last 30 years is because it would compete with the sugar industry, and lobbyists don't want them to.

Emma2412 2010-05-20 10:00:16 -0500 Report

Exactly right. It's all politics. UGH! Stevia is a natural substance. I myself use Splenda simply because I didn't like the taste of Stevia and it made me nauseous when I did try it. Splenda can be used in cooking, but I always add it after the pot is off the heat.

SkipT 2010-04-25 09:07:16 -0500 Report

I never use any sugar substitutes. I use a natural sweetener: Stevia. You have to be careful though since some of the brands (Truvia and Purvia) are blended with sugar. I use the one that uses inulin fiber as a filler. Inulin is actually a heart healthy fiber.

GabbyPA 2010-04-25 14:08:53 -0500 Report

AMEN Skip,
I don't touch Splenda, Sweet n Low, Equal or Sugar Twin and until I found stevia, I was using small amounts of raw sugar instead of artificial sweeteners. I purged all sugar free items from my cabinets. I learned to bake with stevia (Truvia and Purvia). I will use honey as well, but not often, as it spikes my levels.
Here is a link to a book that will open your eyes to the chemicals in artificial sweeteners. It changed my outlook.

I was thrilled the other day when I found a SOBE lifewater drink that is made with Purvia! I did the dance of joy.

Barbara 55
Barbara 55 2010-04-28 08:34:05 -0500 Report

Hi My name is Barbara and I'm a "newbie". I have been able so far to keep my sugar levels down watching my food and sugar intake. I am a true believer that aspertame affects the functions of our brains and try very hard to stay away from it. At least I think it affected MY brain. LOL I now have wondered about using raw sugar instead but in reading some of these messages, maybe that's not such a good idea either. I do have Truvia and use that and have tried a couple other "natural" substitutes for sugar. Needless to say, I'm still confused. Diabetes runs rampant on my mother's side of the family including my mother. I don't test as often as I should for all of the obvious reasons even though I know that's silly. I guess what it comes down to is I really don't want to know. My father has been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease and he seems to be the only one in his family that is affected. I'm wondering if aspertame might be the culprit. When Mom was diagnosed with Diabetes, they both started comsuming products with aspertame. I'm truly wondering if there really is a connection between aspertame and it's affects on the brain. Does anyone know if this is hogwash or might I be onto something?

LennyDenny 2011-06-29 10:21:48 -0500 Report

Morning Barbara, your the 1st person I have seen that has mentioned raw sugar. I have been using it for quit a while not without it effecting my bs. I only use it on cereal in the morning, I drink coffee and tea without sugar. I tried all the subsitutes and did not like the taste and what they were saying about sideaffects. I checked with the dr and was told as long as it does not raise my blood sugar it was ok in moderation.

HEDDIB 2010-04-30 08:42:28 -0500 Report

I used to work in a local hospital at that time (this was almost 20 years ago now) I was talking to a neurologist. His 10yr old son drank a LOT of diet pepsi (with aspertame) and started having seizures. He eliminated the diet soda and the seizures stopped. When I had my children I am absolutely neurotic about allowing them to have anything with aspertame in it. I personally am massively allergic to it. It causes me to have severe migraines. I don't trust it at all.

Chick32811 2011-06-29 04:16:43 -0500 Report

I agree Heddib! I used to drink Diet Coke or diet whatever soda, I find my bladder & inside just doesn't feel right. Crazy huh? Well, it's true! Now, if I drink regular soda (which I know is no good either) I dont have the feeling/affect that I feel when drinking diet. Well, I stay clear of any soda now. I'm so tired of having to watch what I eat, so I just cut out all the junk all together (which wasn't easy) & its fruits, veggies, meat, & a small amount of wheat pasta. I've been able to keep the spikes at bay & enjoy what I can.

Deb-G 2010-04-30 10:11:26 -0500 Report

For sure…Soda is a whole issue of its own…I dont drink soda, even diet, nor buy it for my home…Its one of the worst things ever invented for society in my opinion…I'd just cut out soda all together :)

SC Southern Lady
SC Southern Lady 2010-06-16 07:55:32 -0500 Report

I agree with you Skip, I am afraid of all of those sugar substitutes. I don't think we fully know what those chemicals are doing to us. I believe the outcome of using them will not be good!!! I choose to use the natural ones and like you Gabby, I have read up on those artificial sweetners!