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Old 08-07-2017, 00:35   #1
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Two apparent glaring bits of misinformation in Dr. Bernstein's book.

1. All three types of Fage yoghurt, i.e. 2%, full fat and zero fat have 9 g. of carbs/cup according to the nutrition labels. Dr. Bernstein says you must stay away from non-fat because it contains more carbs if I read correctly.

2. He also says powdered Splenda raises one's blood glucose and therefore you should only use liquid Splenda. I have tested myself extensively and have found that powdered Splenda, powdered Splenda Natural (Stevia), and Truvia do not raise my blood glucose at all.

Has he corrected this misinformation or am I off base?

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I don't know about mis-information. But, as we have always advocated, do the testing for yourself to see how these things affect your blood sugar. Everyone is different.

I don't eat yoghurt, but do consume artificial sweeteners. I stay away from the packets and use the ones that are more pure. No BG problems.

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Two apparent glaring bits of misinformation in Dr. Bernstein's book.

1. All three types of Fage yoghurt, i.e. 2%, full fat and zero fat have 9 g. of carbs/cup according to the nutrition labels. Dr. Bernstein says you must stay away from non-fat because it contains more carbs if I read correctly.

this is a very general TRUE statement. When they make things fat free, they add sugar and carbs to make them taste better. this is a general rule and probably not a 100000% perfect rule. common sense has to dictate it

2. He also says powdered Splenda raises one's blood glucose and therefore you should only use liquid Splenda. I have tested myself extensively and have found that powdered Splenda, powdered Splenda Natural (Stevia), and Truvia do not raise my blood glucose at all.

as VeeJay said.. this is variable by person. there is no way that one answer will fit every human on the planet... not possible and definitely not reasonable to think that. As a general rule, he is 100% correct. if it doesnt affect you, it might later on or you might be the exception

Everyone on this planet is different and no one can say 100% sure that any one thing will work on 100% of the people.

I have heard of poison snakes biting people and it not affect them... but does that mean the statement that poison snakes can kill you is not accurate.

Some people smoke a pack of cigarettes a day for 50 years without a problem... does that mean the statement that cigarettes and nicotine can cause cancer is not accurate?

If you take what anyone says as 100% literal without any leeway for rational thought, nothing on this planet will make sense.

His thoughts and conclusions are VERY accurate and if followed can lead to a more healthy lifestyle.


so to look at this as 100% perfect for every human would be off base

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Is he speaking of the Fage brand specifically, or yogurt in general, if not, it may not be misinformation.

Powdered Splenda usually contains fillers, maltodextrin and dextrose, maybe those are the cause of the raising BG effects for some users. The actual Splenda part of it is supposedly not metabolized by humans.

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Dr. Bernstein was speaking in generalities, rather than about Fage yogurt specifically. For comparison purposes:

Mountain High whole milk plain yogurt has 15 grams of carbs, of which 12 are sugar, and 10 grams of protein

Mountain High low-fat yogurt has 18 grams of carbs, of which 16 are sugar, and 11 grams of protein

Mountain high nonfat yogurt has 18 grams of carbs of which 14 are sugar, and 11 grams of protein

Truvia does not contain Splenda: it contains stevia extract, erythritol (a sugar alcohol, as opposed to a true sugar like dextrose, and one that, for many people, has no effect on their blood sugar levels), and other flavorings.

Splenda contains 95% glucose and maltodextrin. For insulin-dependent folks, that needs to be taken into account when bolusing for meals. Dr. Bernstein recommends avoiding it because it increases the number of carbs you have to take into account--the higher the number, the greater the effect of an error somewhere in the mix.

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If he's talking about Splenda in packets or Splenda granulated then he is absolutely correct. One teaspoon of granulated is exactly equivalent to 1/8 teaspoon of pure glucose (basically the same as 1/8 tsp of sugar but no fructose so "glucose" is more accurate). One packet of Splenda is equal to just under 1/4 tsp of pure glucose (0.225). So, they could definitely raise blood sugar, but substantially less than equivalent amount of sugar. These are the facts and your meter is incapable of telling you otherwise - unless of course you are willing to consume large amounts of this stuff and then measure.

Here is an email directly from the maker of Splenda to some who inquired explaining all of this?

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Dear Katherine,

Thank you for visiting the SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener website. We hope you became more familiar with SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener during your visit to the site.

The caloric and carbohydrate content for SPLENDA(R) Brand Sweetener is as follows:

SPLENDA(R) Granular
1 tsp = 0.5 gm carb = 2 calories
one half cup = 12 gm carb = 48 calories
1 cup = 24 gm carb = 96 calories

*1 tsp. = 1 serving

Packet of SPLENDA(R)
1 packet = .9 gm of carb = 4 calories

*1 packet has the sweetness of 2 tsp of sugar

Note: Per U.S. labeling laws, anything with less than 5 calories per serving, is properly labeled as "zero" or no-calorie.

The caloric and carbohydrate content for sugar is as follows:

Sugar
1 tsp = 4 gm of carb= 16 calories
one half cup = 96 gm of carb= 385 calories
1 cup = 192 gm of carb = 770 calories

Note: The calories and carbohydrates in SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener come from dextrose and/or maltodextrin, which are added for bulk. Sucralose, the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA(R) Brand Sweetener, has no calories and is not a carbohydrate.

Granular - sucralose, maltodextrin (0.5 gram per serving)
Packets - sucralose, maltodextrin and dextrose (less than 1 gram per packet)

SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener (sucralose) has no known side effects. Sucralose can be used by everyone; including people with diabetes, pregnant and nursing mothers, and children. The safety of SPLENDA(R) Brand Sweetener has been demonstrated as part of our clearance process with the FDA as well as other regulatory agencies around the world. There are no warning labels on the product to exclude anyone from enjoying SPLENDA(R) No Calorie Sweetener.
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If he's talking about Splenda in packets or Splenda granulated then he is absolutely correct. One teaspoon of granulated is exactly equivalent to 1/8 teaspoon of pure glucose (basically the same as 1/8 tsp of sugar but no fructose so "glucose" is more accurate). One packet of Splenda is equal to just under 1/4 tsp of pure glucose (0.225). So, they could definitely raise blood sugar, but substantially less than equivalent amount of sugar. These are the facts and your meter is incapable of telling you otherwise - unless of course you are willing to consume large amounts of this stuff and then measure.

Here is an email directly from the maker of Splenda to some who inquired explaining all of this?



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Sorry to reply to my own message, but I tried to add this and missed the 15 minute deadline:

Note that under US regulation, a food only has to contain less than 5 calories per "serving" to qualify as a "no calorie" food. By tweaking what you call a "serving" you can get away with a lot. They did the same thing with trans-fats. ANYTHING that contains hydrogenated oils DOES contain trans-fats, but they use these regulations and clever "serving sizes" to be able to say "zero tans-fats" emblazoned on the front and in the nutrition panel. Splenda granulated squeaked by with 4 calories per "serving" (1 tsp). Better than 1 tsp of sugar at 16, but hardly "zero". Those calories are 100% glucose immediately after absorption.

We need the system used by the rest of the world where they have to report nutrition per 100g. Splenda granulated would weigh in at 12.5% carb (basically 12.5% pure glucose), i.e., 12.5g per 100g. The packet one would be significantly higher, since it contains almost twice as much glucose (0.9g per packet in the form of dextrose and maltodextrin) and I think weighs less than the 4g of a teaspoon.

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Hi All!
I am new to this forum but wanted to reply to this thread. I have no blood sugar rise from using Splenda and I agree with VeeJay that one should monitor your own BG to see how various foods affect it. I can eat tomatoes with no problem and strawberries too without BG rise.

In August, 2106 my A1c was 11.4 and my weight as well as lipid numbers had soared!! I had gotten off of low carb and gone bizerk with eating anything and everything that I wanted. So after that test I went back to low carb - my kind of low carb with the above stated foods included and a few others that are listed as "no-no" low carb foods. By December, 2016 my A1c was 6.0 and I'd lost 13 lbs and lipids were much improved. By the end of February, after having switched to Tresiba from Lantus, my A1c was 4.7 but my weight had begun to go back up again. My A1c is still at 4.7, my Triglycerides are 75, HDL is 64, Cholesterol is 199 and LDL is 120. My weight is not good and I attribute that to using Tresiba. I will ask my PCP to switch me back to Lantus bc I had used it since Dx in 2007 and always lost weight on it following the low carb WOE.

I believe one should always use good judgement when following a certain WOE - like low carb - and not follow it as a religion but as a good way to keep BGs low. It's often trial and error in my opinion.

Good day to everyone!

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@meme4u2 Welcome to the forum.

I wonder if you would start a thread in the Introduce Yourself forum and repeat what you've posted here so that more folks will see the thread and can get to know you. Glad you joined us!

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Will do, VeeJay! And Thank you!

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