Sugar Alcohol

By estheratarah Latest Reply 2011-04-21 21:23:27 -0500
Started 2010-11-30 19:20:45 -0600

The substitutions they use in the sugar free candy, ice cream etc. just seems to go right through me if you know what I mean. Its not only the sugar alcohol but other ones they use too. Does anyone else have this problem? Also I love my dark chocolate candy is it ok to have a piece for a treat once a week?

23 replies

jenn9075 2011-04-21 21:22:12 -0500 Report

if you keep your sugar alcohol levels between 20-30 a day it should help with that problem, it usally equals to about 1 serving a day my stomach does alot better if I keep it at this level try it gl

lmb2749 2010-12-07 15:57:28 -0600 Report

I have a big problem with any artifical sweeteners. I can taste it in the first bite or drink so I can avoid ingesting too much. I've never eaten enough of any of them to cause the problem you're talking about. Just one or two bites is usually enough to make my stomach queasy so I just put it down. I've had people tell me it's all in my head, there's no way ALL of them can affect me the same way… but they do. So I avoid anything that has artifical sweeteners.

jayabee52 2010-12-07 16:50:54 -0600 Report

My bride was like that too.

lmb2749 2010-12-07 17:09:06 -0600 Report

That's the first I've heard of someone with the same problem, it's kind of nice to know I'm not the only one :)

jayabee52 2010-12-07 17:32:44 -0600 Report

I'm sure there are more like you - but don't have it tatooed on their forehead.

My "Jem" had DM too, heart failure, Copd, Lupis RA & other "medical challenges". Through DC here I came upon a discussion about a product called "Wheylow". It is a blend of milk sugar and fructose that doesn't raise BG#s as high as fast. You can search for it on a search engine should you want to take a look at it.

kitkat1955 2010-12-07 13:07:01 -0600 Report

UGH…me, too! I was hoping it was something my body would get accustomed to, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Does anybody know if Stevia (Truvia) has the same effect? And can you bake with it?

kdroberts 2010-12-07 13:29:22 -0600 Report

Truvia is not stevia but it is engineered from one of the chemicals in stevia. It shouldn't have the same effect but I'm not sure about baking, I probably wouldn't. The reason for the side effects with sugar alcohols is that they are not digested like normal food and are mostly broken down in the small intestines.

Tara121106 2010-12-07 08:38:40 -0600 Report

what is the sugar alcohol? If it doesnt say made with splenda I dont get it. I'm not sure what this sugar alcohol is?

kdroberts 2010-12-07 08:49:20 -0600 Report

Sugar alcohols are a class of sweetener, there are many. They are made by chemically changing a carbohydrate into a chemical alcohol, not the type that gets you drunk! You can tell if they are in something because they mostly end in ol and they may be included on the nutrition label. They have to be counted as carbohydrate because they are but they work differently for different people. Generally you count 50-75% of the carb that come from a sugar alcohol Some common ones are xylitol, maltitol and sorbitol.

regor203 2010-12-01 19:52:16 -0600 Report

Same problem here. I usually buy desserts that say no sugar added and it has no artificial sweeteners in it.

GabbyPA 2010-12-02 06:13:17 -0600 Report

You do have to be careful with the "no sugar added" and read the labels. Usually that means they have added Splenda. That is an artificial sweetener. So just make sure you are getting what you think. It's the same way with "zero transfats" on the packaging. If you read the ingredients you may find trans fats in there, but if the amount is below 1g, they can say zero.

RandysGirl 2010-12-01 15:07:00 -0600 Report

I was warned by my boss a few years ago that the ingrediants they use in sugar free products works just like a laxitive and she warned me not to eat much of it unless i wanted to spend my day in the bathroom.

jeffrey9127 2010-12-01 08:02:42 -0600 Report

Those sugar free products work better on me than a dulcolax does. I always avoid them. I do have chocolate once in a while, but not too often. It does raise my BS.

jayabee52 2010-11-30 22:22:02 -0600 Report

Howdy Esther,
I know what you mean. I have had problems with things sweetened with Splenda too. I had to clean myself up too often before I figured that out.

Regarding the dark chocolate, it depends on how much of the chocolate you treat yourself to. You might also want to check your BG#s so you know it will not spike you too badly.

But it might be good for you mentally to have a bit of a treat so you don't feel quite so deprived.

GabbyPA 2010-11-30 20:39:39 -0600 Report

Those sugar alcohols are rough. I don't eat foods with them in there. If you eat just a small amount you should be okay. I would stay away from that and eat your dark chocolate square. Get something about 70% cocoa and it is very low carb. Still has fat in it, but it won't spike your sugars.

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