By oncountydavid Latest Reply 2011-07-28 17:03:01 -0500
Started 2010-12-16 09:18:18 -0600

I am struggling with keeping my carbs at the right levels. Does anyone use diet soda and if so what sweetner is the best.
Fighting my weight has been the story of my life. How healty is splenda compaired to the other sugar free substitutes? Really could use some inspiration.

18 replies

princessbeiter 2011-07-28 17:03:01 -0500 Report

I don't drink diet sodas at all. Never have. From what I've heard, the artificial sweeteners actually make your body crave MORE sugar.

I do use Splenda Blend. That way, I can have a little sugar in my tea and not have that artificial aftertaste. Also, you use half the amount called for in any recipe.

tomecom 2010-12-17 10:25:47 -0600 Report

Diet colas are a diabetic curse. They contain caffeine which causes blood sugars to rise by as much as 26%. They contain aspartame which causes dehydration. The contain phosphoric acid which causes the body to leech calcium out of the bones. They are made from distilled water which strips the body of trace minerals. and many more good reasons to not drink them.

The best sugar substitute that I have found is xylitol. It is all natural, it acts like sugar in baking, and it lower in carbs than most artificial or natural sweeteners. You can buy it at health food stores, or buy it cheaper in larger quantities on the Internet.

oncountydavid 2010-12-17 10:55:48 -0600 Report

is that somewhat like stevis or truvia. Does anyone have any information on these two. I never heard of xylitol. Thank you so much for your information

tomecom 2010-12-17 12:16:24 -0600 Report

It is similar to stevia and truvia. Stevia has been under attack by certain groups as causing complications. I have not seen any recent studies on it. Agave Nectar is also all natural but is high in carbohydrates. I buy the xylitol because it does not break down when heated, or cause unpleasant taste.

I buy it on the Internet in larger volume (15 pounds) in order to get the price down. Health food stores sell it in one pound bags for around $10.00.

Harlen 2010-12-16 11:45:44 -0600 Report

for me to get off the sweets I swiched to grunola bars still has carbs but the fiber helps a lot and it keeps me off the candy and cakes.
I do drink diet pepsi and cutting back on that too.I would like to drink more water.
Best wishes

CaliKo 2010-12-16 09:37:25 -0600 Report

I agree with Gabby, I think the real products are healthier, in greatly reduced amounts. The trick is to look at your whole meal plan, focusing on lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish and healthy fats. You can find new favorites. I love fresh blueberries in season, sliced strawberries with greek yogurt, sliced pear with peanut butter, roasted red bell peppers, green beans, cauliflower, well, anything roasted, really. For the very occasional treat, I'll have a small piece of dark chocolate, or 1/2 cup of ice cream. Good luck.

GabbyPA 2010-12-16 09:46:29 -0600 Report

That dark chocolate is a great trick. I use the 85% cocoa Lindt bars and just one square sets me up really well.

GabbyPA 2010-12-16 09:29:39 -0600 Report

The best thing I did for loosing weight was to stop ALL sugar free foods that have artificial sweeteners. That helps cut down on the carb cravings and stops fooling my body into wanting the calories that should go with the taste. I quit soda cold turkey. I only use stevia, agave nectar and real sugar. Yes, real sugar. I use organic raw sugar, not white sugar, but I use the real thing. The trick is to use it less. Find ways to satisfy yourself with unsweetened foods. That helped a lot.

Splenda, Neutra Sweet, and all other colorfully printed packets are the start of a cycle of weight gain you can break. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/898-how-to-beat-sugar-addiction-tips-nutrition-by-natalie

I still have a long way to go, but I have lost a lot of weight and dropped several sizes since I have been diagnosed. It will be 3 years in March of 2011. Take it a small step at a time. You will do it.

oncountydavid 2010-12-17 03:24:28 -0600 Report

Great Gabby, good fo you. I was very curious about sugar substitutes. I use splenda and wasnt sure how healthy it was for me. Thanks for the info

GabbyPA 2010-12-17 09:00:06 -0600 Report

Read a book called Sweet Deception and you will never touch an artificial sweetener again. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/books/63-sweet-deception-why-splenda-nutrasweet-and-the-fda-may-be-hazardous-to-your-health

jayabee52 2010-12-20 19:17:10 -0600 Report

I hadn't read that book, but the studies showing that using artificial sweeteners & no sugar sweeteners like stevia, Truvia & other like that, adds fat to one's body I have decided to forego any sweeteners at all. I usually drink just water any more.

jayabee52 2010-12-24 09:41:17 -0600 Report

I tapered off of the other drinks. I quit diet soda first, cold turkey, then got used to drinking coffee without sweetener, then my tea without sweetener. and then just water. I do have coffee & tea on occasion, but only occasionally. Last time I tried a diet soft drink, my tastes had changed so much, that it seemed much too sweet.

Another benefit to drinking ice water only is when you eat out, a big portion of the bill is drinks. There usually is no charge for ice water, so the total bill is lower.

It may seem a bit boring to my palate, but I feel the boredom Is worth maintaining my BG#s & saving my kidney function from further degradation.

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