Sugar Free Syrup Yuk!

By ccritch Latest Reply 2010-07-21 14:46:33 -0500
Started 2010-06-24 09:30:18 -0500

I like my pancakes and I love my french toast but I do not like the sugar free syrup, it takes the meals tasty taste away and makes it YUK! what other type of syrups is good besides Sugar Free?

54 replies

Lymy 2010-06-28 22:53:26 -0500 Report

I say Yum Yum! I cannot stand savory things to have sugar on them and sweet things to have salt on them. I am from England, and when we had pancakes or French Toast we put just a shake of salt & pepper on them. YUMMY!YUMMY!
Try it you might like it!

bettymachete 2010-06-30 10:23:56 -0500 Report

Wow that's interesting, I've never tried it that way before. I guess I can relate though, I know a lot of Brits who put sugar on popcorn..that always baffled me too. Salt on popcorn here.

AngeLsLuv 2010-06-26 17:52:56 -0500 Report

Sugar Free syrup is baaaaad.. It was actually even worse than it is now back when they used Sweet N Low instead of NutraSweet or Sucralose.

AngeLsLuv 2010-06-26 17:52:55 -0500 Report

Sugar Free syrup is baaaaad.. It was actually even worse than it is now back when they used Sweet N Low instead of NutraSweet or Sucralose.

HENNRICK 2010-06-25 19:44:33 -0500 Report

i make my own with fruits and blender i use a little spenda and small amount of diet soda blend it till smoothee looks like thick syrup

OMG-T2 2010-06-25 14:57:55 -0500 Report

You know, if you don't care for the taste of SF syrup, maybe you could use the real stuff if you changed the way you make your pancakes. I have seen lots of recipes for low carb pancakes made with almond meal instead of flour. It seems to me that if you are able to reduce the overall carbs in this particular breakfast you could probably use regular syrup (in moderation, of course). Just a thought. I am actually going to try some low carb pancakes this weekend…I'll let you all know how it goes.

As for where to find Greek yogurt and Agave nectar, I can find both at my local Walmart Supercenter. The brand of Greek yogurt I get here in the sticks of New Mexico is Oikos, and it's good, if a bit spendy. Sometimes, when I get up to Albuquerque I will pick up Greek yogurt at Trader Joe's…still pricey, but I don't overdo yogurt.

The Agave nectar I get is the light version made by Madhava…though there is a darker version which, as I understand it, is great as a syrup. The prices for Agave nectar often seem high, but given that the stuff is thinner than honey, thus drizzles and/or pours better and without just globbing up on everything, I find the cost worth it. I don't use nearly as much Agave nectar as I do honey or syrup. Plus, the glycemic factor makes a difference to me.

OMG-T2 2010-06-28 08:41:48 -0500 Report

Sorry I didn't get around to reporting my experience with the low-carb pancakes until just now…

My experiment went very well! I used almond meal (from Trader Joe's) as the basis for this recipe. Followed the recipe I got off the 'net exactly and while it's obvious that these are different than the usual pancakes we're all used to, they were excellent in their own right. I used real butter and regular - non-sugar-free Log Cabin syrup on the 5 pancakes I ate. Granted, I used the syrup sparingly, but enough for a good amount of flavor. I tested my blood sugar 2 hours after eating the pancakes (I had them for dinner last night), and my blood sugar was 99! In all fairness, I need to mention that I use medication and diet to control my diabetes, and am on 2000 mg of Metformin and 2 mg of Amaryl a day. Maybe the meds bore on the good BG number and maybe not. I can say that I have had worse results after "better" food.

I would definitely recommend trying a low-carb pancake alternative with regular syrup (used judiciously) for anyone who hates SF syrup. Of course, your mileage may vary!

bettymachete 2010-06-25 11:45:23 -0500 Report

I use a dollop of greek yogurt and some fresh fruit.

ccritch 2010-06-25 12:16:18 -0500 Report

That sounds good but I never heard of greek yogurt where can I find that?


allie4123 2010-06-25 12:17:04 -0500 Report

Ya, I have heard of greek yogurt, but never seen it. I'd like to know where to get it too.

Diane987 2010-06-26 16:53:45 -0500 Report

I have found it in all of the grocery store where I live. It is near the regular yogurt. You just have to look for the brands that Betty listed above. Even Walmart has at least one of those versions.

bettymachete 2010-06-27 10:34:42 -0500 Report

I also believe Dannon and Kraft make a greek style yogurt. But you can simply make your own with some cheese cloth and a bowl. Place your cheesecloth over a bowl and secure it with a rubber band or place it in a strainer. Then pour your plain yogurt into the cheesecloth and allow it to drain in the fridge for a few hours or even overnight depending on the thickness you want. It simply drains away the whey. I save the whey (freeze) because it's really good to use in smoothies and dressings. It's liquid protein.

OMG-T2 2010-06-28 10:38:23 -0500 Report

Bettymachete —

It's interesting that you said that cream cheese is off limits to you when you are but a small step away from making a sort of cream cheese when you're making your "Greek" yogurt. If you gather up the corners of your cheese cloth around your yogurt (the yogurt needs to be free from thickeners and/or gelatin, so read the label), push it down into a ball, and allow the whey to drain off overnight, you have the simplest version of "cream cheese" in the world! The first time I tried this, I was astonished how well it worked, and how easy it is! You are totally right about the whey too…it's an excellent additive for so many things where protein can benefit you, plus, whey is often tolerated by people who are otherwise bothered by milk products.

bettymachete 2010-06-25 19:37:54 -0500 Report

I know Walmart carries some brands of Greek style yogurt. The brands I get are Fage, Chobani and Oikos. Chobani is my personal favorite. Greek style yogurt is thicker than our American versions and the health benefits are far superior. It's lower sugar and higher protein . Fills you up on just a small amount. The Greeks certainly have it right when it comes to yogurt. I haven't had American style yogurt since my lips touched the Greek. And if you can't find it in your local grocery store you can always ask them to order you some.

bettymachete 2010-06-25 19:45:47 -0500 Report

I also use the plain as a substitute for thinks like butter, say on a sweet potato and a replacement for sour cream. Personally, I say kill the sour cream before it kills you. Unless you take a double dose of Lipitor every day, you’re asking for cardiovascular problems with sour cream. I've totally eliminated sour cream from my diet years ago I liken "Greek yogurt" to cream cheese as much as sour cream. I love cream cheese with scallions. But, cream cheese is off limits for me, so we take non-fat yogurt, mix in scallions and then we put it in a strainer. After a day we have healthy "scallion cream cheese" without the cream/fat. If you like to mix other things in your cream cheese, feel free to use something other than scallions in the yogurt. If you like plain cream cheese, you may be happier with 1% or 2% yogurt at first. Non-fat yogurt is pretty plain tasting.

Diane987 2010-06-26 16:51:36 -0500 Report

Whenever come to GA I am staying at your house because you eat the same stuff I do! I love Greek yogurt and use it instead of sour cream too. I am forever finding different uses for it. I even use the plain Greek yogurt with mustard , herbs and spices instead of mayonnaise.

bettymachete 2010-06-27 10:17:00 -0500 Report

Yes it makes a great replacement for mayo as well. I love how versatile it is. And you are welcome anytime Diane! :)

GabbyPA 2010-06-24 22:02:31 -0500 Report

I am not a pancake person and my french toast always has just cinnamon "sugar" on it with butter, so syrup is not on my to do list much. Now, on occasion, I do make pancakes for the family and I use Agave Nectar on mine. It has carbs like sugar, but it is friendly and low glycemic. Agave doesn't bother my levels. I also make homemade jams with stevia and that is yummy on just about anything, even my finger.

ccritch 2010-06-25 12:17:25 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby,

I want to learn to make home made Jelly I love Strawberry and Peach flavors!

What exactly is Agave Nector?


GabbyPA 2010-06-25 14:45:58 -0500 Report

Agave is the nectar from the Agave plant or the tequila plant of the desert. I get the raw version and it is light in color, almost clear. There is a processed version as well, and it is more like honey color. It has a nice mild flavor. I like it.

kdroberts 2010-06-28 09:07:25 -0500 Report

There is a large debate about Agave but the general feeling seems to be that it really is pretty bad in general terms because it is so high in fructose. People who use it a lot need to be careful because it can raise triglycerides, increase insulin resistance, increase the amount of insulin in the blood stream, trigger metabolic syndrome (maybe) and speed up the formation of uric acid, the last one is particularly important for sufferers of gout.

My own personal peeve with the marketing of the glycemic index is that it has never been tested on diabetics, is very un-scientific when you look at how it's calculated and the results have not proved to be repeatable so for diabetics is unreliable at best, completely wrong at worst.

spiritwalker 2010-06-24 15:09:06 -0500 Report

I don't eat any grains, but a company called Walden Farms
make great veggie dips, and salad dressings. They also offer pancake syrup and fruit spreads which are sugar and carb free. Walden Farms .com. Its worth checking

allie4123 2010-06-24 13:38:55 -0500 Report

I hear ya I want real maple syrup on my pancakes and french toast. It's the only way to go!

Harlen 2010-06-24 15:31:44 -0500 Report

yep thats what I like lol

Pfc 2010-06-25 11:34:03 -0500 Report

I go for the real syrup too. I get a metal taste with the artificial sweeteners so I stay away. I make pancakes or waffels some times and I take real syrup ( kind you have up there in Maine) and just add a tablespoon to my batter of buckwheat pancakes and I top the two small pancakes with some berries like blueberries in melted butter. That is really good. When I was small I never liked to drown my pancakes,just enough for taste. If you have ever eaten at big Mc they have a sort of waffle that is just flavored with syrup and it is not too bad. I guess I use the maple syrup more as a flavoring than a topping. But there is nothing like the real stuff!!! Long live those great maple trees.

ThreeRavens 2010-06-26 15:04:41 -0500 Report

Have you tried stevia PFC? It's a natural sugar substitute that is derived from a plant that is native to Uruguay. Stevia was finally approved by the FDA to use as a sweetener (for years, the FDA protected Monsanto (the makers of aspartame) from any competition and refused to approve stevia despite several decades of data from Japan and Germany showing ti is safe) so you can find it in the grocery store. If you want the pure product (which I recommend), you have to go through whole foods or GNC or similar stores.

ccritch 2010-06-25 12:18:35 -0500 Report

Yes isn't but it is not good for us! That's why I don't make it much and Mia want's it every Saturday!

LauraS 2010-06-24 11:29:11 -0500 Report

So sad, I don't even eat pancakes anymore because I loved to drown them in syrup. And I agree the S/F brands are kind of yucky.

ccritch 2010-06-25 12:21:03 -0500 Report

Arent' they they taste awful you can taste the difference. I dislike it so much! and Pancakes are my favorites.

monkeymama 2010-06-24 11:06:32 -0500 Report

There are some SF syrups that are yuk but I did find one that I did like. I put everyone in my house using the Eggo brand. Other wise I use Smuckers Low Sugar Preserves, peanut butter, or just plan.

kdroberts 2010-06-24 11:12:33 -0500 Report

The thing that's annoying about sugar free syrups is that they just replace most of the sugar with sugar alcohols which potentially are just as bad for you as the sugar they replace. Depending on the person and sugar alcohol it's estimated that generally sugar alcohol with impact blood sugar 25%-75% of their carbs. Eg, 10g sugar alcohol would be the same as 2.5g-7,5g of sugar. Plus there is the side effects that come with eating too much of them!

ccritch 2010-06-25 12:24:37 -0500 Report

Sounds yummy but I still need to taste syrup on my pancakes I like what the syrup does to them can't explain it. but whip cream and berries is good to add the this combo :)

ccritch 2010-06-25 12:22:01 -0500 Report

Well, I started to put concord or smuckers jam on my pancakes and noticed a spike immediately, so I stopped. so I need something if I want to enjoy my pancakes.

Diane987 2010-06-24 10:09:29 -0500 Report

I typically put blueberries or strawberries in my wheat pancakes and put whipped cream on top. Whipped cream has so little sugar and so few carbs that has very little affect on my blood sugar.

Emma2412 2010-06-24 22:17:03 -0500 Report

That sounds great, Diane. I'll have to try that.
I think the sugar-free syrups are for the birds. Oh, but you know what? Birds are too smart. They would never touch the syrup. I know my cat walks away from it.
If you ever want to find out if a food is "good" or "bad," put a little bit of it in front of your pet. If your pet eats it, there must be food value in it. But if they turn up their nose at it, it's a firm bet that it's not going to be good for you and maybe is even harmful to you.

Diane987 2010-06-25 10:59:05 -0500 Report

Most sugar free stuff has either increased sodium or increased fat from the regular version to give it better flavor. We stay away from most things that say sugar-free.

You're probably right about animals. I remember giving my cat a cheese curl once, she licked it and gave me a look that if I could read her mind would have said, "You eat this crap?" Then she started batting the cheese curl around like it was a toy. I should have listened to her.

ccritch 2010-06-25 12:27:24 -0500 Report

Emma that is so true, but would never work for my two dogs, they are trash compactors they eat toys, shoes, metals, anything they get their paws or jaws on! LOL it would definitely not work for my cause! LOL

gregsteele 2010-06-28 09:38:58 -0500 Report

So true EMMA if my dog wont eat my family dont get it hes our little taste tester and also knows when im going low he wont leave my side and whines sure enough ill check and am falling pretty cool huh? love to all GREG

Harlen 2010-06-24 09:50:11 -0500 Report

I dont know what your taking for diabetis
For me I just use the real thing and cover for it
When I do have it I give up carbs for the rest of the day
and yes the real stuff is best and I mean the real thing not hard to get here in Maine .
It too takes a bit to get use to if all you have had is like
Log caben and other fake syrup.
It is lower in carbs the the fake stuff.
Best wishes.
I hope this helps

ccritch 2010-06-25 12:29:21 -0500 Report

Now that I am on the pump I can cover for it, but I don't want to take advantage of the pump thing! you know then I will go overboard on other things as well, I am a slacker!!!!! I admit!!! LOL Once my mind is set I am set. If I wipe it clean and cheat then I will always cheat! that is me to the TEE no Wil Power! :(

gregsteele 2010-06-28 09:41:49 -0500 Report

When i was driving truck i often loaded syrup in your part of the world they always gave some at times it was a full case was not diabetic then oh the good ol days LOL love to all GREG

kdroberts 2010-06-24 09:33:09 -0500 Report

As long as you are careful, regular syrup is not a bad option. If you get some of the really flavorful, real maple syrup you don't need much.

ccritch 2010-06-25 12:30:44 -0500 Report

You know I never had real maple syrup my mom always bought log cabin! and Aunt Jamina Pancake mix one of my fav's too. I also like bisquick and Mrs. Butterworth! Yumm! ok let's stop I am getting hungry and ate my lunch already! LOL

Corynthus 2010-07-21 14:46:33 -0500 Report

I used to LOVe aunt Jamima and Log Cabin Maple syrup . I still buy aunt Jamima but it is either Sugar free or Lite Syrup and still taste the same to me and very good also :) The regular flavor no longer is appealing to me. I don't like the sugary taste no more for some reason. ( This goes also for other sugary things that i used to love.. Boo hoo hoo )

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