By mari1711 Latest Reply 2010-08-05 08:42:02 -0500
Started 2010-07-31 18:59:44 -0500

hello everybody. my concern today is eating sugar free candy. it has on the label sugar alcohol. is that healthy for me? please let me know. thanks mari1711

13 replies

bettymachete 2010-08-01 19:11:54 -0500 Report

I avoid candy as much as possible, twizzlers and lemonheads have been the hardest thing to give up. *shakes fist at the Hershey gods*

Ms. Margaret
Ms. Margaret 2010-08-04 09:24:30 -0500 Report

My type II husband eats sugar free candy-most put out by Russell Stover-and seems to like it. Of course, it is in moderation. That is the key as you will find everyone will say.

kdroberts 2010-08-04 09:39:23 -0500 Report

There is really no difference between sugar free candy and the regular stuff. The only major difference is that in one the sugar is replaced with sugar alcohols and sweeteners which will do almost as much damage to blood sugar as regular sugar does plus any damage the chemical will do. Plus they taste pretty crappy!

GabbyPA 2010-08-04 19:48:48 -0500 Report

I hear you on that one. Though the bitter sweet dark chocolate does fill that "need" and has a LOT less carbs. You just have to trade it off with the fat. The taste is very strong, but just a little will do ya!

Ms. Margaret
Ms. Margaret 2010-08-05 08:42:02 -0500 Report

My husband gobbles them up when he gets them so they must not taste that bad. But he was never a chocolate lover. His weakness was licorice and he found a sugar free brand.

RAYT721 2010-08-04 19:59:40 -0500 Report

my thing that I had to give up was cotton candy. I am not big on chocolate (although mallo cups were awesome) but since I found Atkins and fiber one bars I am really not missing anything. I have learned to swap things out like when I want cinnamon I have a sugar free jello cinnamon pudding or cinnamon atkins bar. I have plenty of options for ice cream, smoothies, puddings, etc. So I really don't miss anything that I can't substitute. Well, except for the cotton candy.

Harlen 2010-07-31 19:42:55 -0500 Report

Carb free and sugar free are not the same thing
low carb candy can be had. If it seys carb free then I can have it weee
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-07-31 19:20:46 -0500 Report

I know that the carb contents on sugar free chocolate is higher than chocolate with sugar. I agree with gabby on the moderation thing. Diet pop (soda) contains sugar alcohols so I limit that consumption. There is much debate on sweeteners and it's even worse for laboratory animals but the effects of the laxative effect from too much sugar alcohol is enough to keep me "running" away.

GabbyPA 2010-07-31 19:23:15 -0500 Report

Yes, if you have good discipline and can eat just one (unlike Lays potato chips) they are not so bad, but if you are tempted to eat more than you should, you will make that mistake only once.

GabbyPA 2010-07-31 19:06:10 -0500 Report

As in most foods, moderation is your key.

For many people the sugar alcohols bother their digestive system and causes issues. As for me, I don't eat anything sugar free. The chemicals in the artificial sweeteners are things I no longer eat. So I feel it's better to have a smaller amount of real or natural food (sweets) than the fake stuff that causes all kinds of problems down the road.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-31 20:00:53 -0500 Report

I agree whole heartily same way w/a person that has high blood pressure. You can it what you want in moderation low sodium light on the carbs (also 4 us) sodas a no no but if you just feel like you have to have one. I normally do non caffeine this way I don't have to worry about headaches. But that works for me, hope it can help someone else.

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