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Splenda vs Sweet n Low: does one cause BGS to rise more?


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Old 04-20-2017, 17:05   #1
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Default Splenda vs Sweet n Low: does one cause BGS to rise more?

After trying most of the artificial sweeteners, I finally decided on Sweet n Low (yes, I know it's not the most healthy, but it sweetens without aftertaste for me). About a month ago, I found a large bag of Splenda in the cabinet, so I decided to use it up, finding that it has "less than" one carb per level teaspoon.....Well, it takes three HEAPING teaspoons to sweeten coffee for me, so I don't know HOW many carbs that is. (it also doesn't sweeten as well as the sweet n low.) I read that a packet of Splenda has about 1 carb, so I'm guessing I'm having about 3 carbs per cup, and I have 2 cups a day ... that's a lot of carbs!
OK...so, my Dr says that Sweet n Low causes glucose to rise more than Splenda.... I don't understand why since it has no carbs. I didn't worry so much about it at first. But, I'm having to use more of it now.
I'm having trouble keeping my weight on with this low carb diet, and FINALLY found something that has put a few pounds on me (I gained from 98.0 to 102.8 in a month!, which is about a pound under what I weighed when I started). I've been eating sugar free Jello with 6 tbs cream, whipped, and a little sweetener with some berries....
My problem.....SF gelatins of ALL varieties have ASPARTAME in it... I can't have it, as it makes me very ill. So, I'm going to have to make it with unflavored gelatin, Kool Aid and sweetener. If I use Splenda, it's going to be 3 carbs per serving just for the Splenda (not counting the cream and berries). If I use the Sweet n Low ( will have to figure how much as there isn't any recipe for it), that would be less, but if my Dr is right, then I'm going to need to re-think it.
Does anyone know if my Dr is right?
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Liquid sucrulose doesn't have any carbs - just the powdered/packets.

I make a gelatin dessert not from Jello, but by brewing 2-3 bags of a fruit-flavored herbal tea, to which I add dissolved powdered gelatin and sweetener (Truvia, which is erythritol and stevia, and liquid scrulose.)

I also use Sweet-n-low and haven't found it raises blood sugar - but I use the liquid, so that's probably why.

As with most convenience foods (like sweetener packets) there's a price to pay regarding blood sugar. It's a bummer.

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VeeJay, that sounds really good. I think I'll put the flavored herbal tea on my list. Sounds better than Kool Aid! .

I don't understand why the liquid is different, but I think I've seen that somewhere before. I'll put that on the shopping list, too, and give it a try.

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OK...so, my Dr says that Sweet n Low causes glucose to rise more than Splenda.... I don't understand why since it has no carbs. I didn't worry so much about it at first. But, I'm having to use more of it now.
Eat to your meter.

Take a reading

have a cup of coffee with sweet and low

take a reading 1 hour after then 2 hours after

This will tell you if sweet and low raises your BG and you can plan accordingly

I use Sweet and low with no BG spikes

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Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF
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ha ha! I guess I should have just believed my meter instead of the Dr! When I first started eating LCHF, I tested every 1 & 2 hrs for several months until I got used to everything. Now that I eat pretty much the same thing daily, I only do the morning fasting test; and, then test before I eat anything different (just in case I'm already high) and after. I also tested all day every day for a week a few weeks ago the week before my labs. It was my first Dr visit after my high blood sugar dx, and I wanted to show my Dr my log. I was using the Splenda during that week, and the sweet n low when I was testing the first few months. So, I just checked my logs from the first few months, and I don't really see any difference in my BGS on either, so I guess all that worrying was for nothing .

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oh, hftmrock, thanks for the reading suggestions. I've read the blood sugar 101. I learned a lot there. I'll check out the others now.

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I don't understand why the liquid is different
It's the anti-caking ingredient in the powder form that can add a bit of carbs - usually they use dextrose, a corn sugar. Not much in the way of carbs, but, as you say, if you use multiple servings, it can add up

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