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Sholleman 01-30-2020 20:02

question about Swerve
 
I'm behind the times and only recently heard about the sweetener, Swerve. I looked it up, but am still confused about it. It has 4 carbs . It says even though it has 4 carbs, it doesn't affect blood sugar. It doesn't have any sugars, but also doesn't have fiber, so they aren't counting the ''net' carbs (which I don't anyway).

So, does it affect blood sugar or not?

thanks!

itissteve 01-30-2020 20:11

It depends ... :smile2:

Swerve (erythritol) has sugar alcohols in it. Sugar alcohols are not treated as sugar/carbs by humans. There should be no blood glucose response because there are no carbs the body processes.

That said, however, pretty much everyone here can tell you about some food or beverage that shouldn't spike their blood glucose -- but does. The best way to know how erythritol affects you is to test your BG before and after you consume it, like any other food.

Sholleman 01-30-2020 21:33

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Originally Posted by itissteve (Post 1324619)
It depends ... :smile2:



That said, however, pretty much everyone here can tell you about some food or beverage that shouldn't spike their blood glucose -- but does. The best way to know how erythritol affects you is to test your BG before and after you consume it, like any other food.

You know, I guess I should have known that was the bottom line. thanks for the explanation of why it says what it says.

I have to try the 'hard' way. When I used sugar, i used 3 heaping tspns, and now use a tsp of saccharine (yep, settled on it. Couldn't tolerate the aftertaste of all the healthier ones)/ So, 3 x 4 carbs (I know, they don't count)= 12 carbs to start my day with one cup of coffee...... I'll try once to see :wink2:

moon 01-31-2020 20:45

I've been a bit behind the times too @Sholleman in that I used to use a combo of erythritol and liquid Splenda and Stevia - my wizard combo - when baking. And, folks couldn't tell it from sugar because the aftertaste of one tends to negate the aftertaste of the others.

Flash forward to today and there's monk fruit, allulose, and ... maybe something else ... which are new since I was plugged in. There is an erythritol/monk fruit sweetener which is very good, and I'm experimenting with them. Main point is that if one doesn't agree there are options of others to try both for taste and bg impact. My bg doesn't react significantly enough to these sweeteners to make a difference, thank goodness!

Sholleman 01-31-2020 23:13

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Originally Posted by moon (Post 1324637)
I've been a bit behind the times too @Sholleman in that I used to use a combo of erythritol and liquid Splenda and Stevia - my wizard combo - when baking. And, folks couldn't tell it from sugar because the aftertaste of one tends to negate the aftertaste of the others.

Flash forward to today and there's monk fruit, allulose, and ... maybe something else ... which are new since I was plugged in. There is an erythritol/monk fruit sweetener which is very good, and I'm experimenting with them. Main point is that if one doesn't agree there are options of others to try both for taste and bg impact. My bg doesn't react significantly enough to these sweeteners to make a difference, thank goodness!

Sounds interesting. I might give it a try. I do know that Splenda makes my bg go up. My dr suggested I try Gatorade Zero & Propel for electrolytes to stop nighttime toe,foot&leg cramps, and sure enough when I got checked next, my a1C went up. And, HE said that was doing it (he didn't remember he was the one who suggested it). SO, i had to change to one with Stevia. But, for a little cooking, it can't hurt :wink2:.

thanks & good luck with yours, too

moon 02-01-2020 04:05

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Originally Posted by Sholleman (Post 1324639)
vMy dr suggested I try Gatorade Zero & Propel for electrolytes to stop nighttime toe,foot&leg cramps, and sure enough when I got checked next, my a1C went up.

I had pretty good luck with diet tonic water for leg cramps.

mbuster 02-01-2020 05:08

Diet tonic water works for BH. Its the kind with quinine in it.

I ride a bike and sweat easily in the warmer months. I usually make my own electrolyte drink, which has 10-20 times more potassium in it than others, more sodium, and probably magnesium too. On long organized rides, if they have it, I drink pickle juice too.

I've recently tried a couple of new electrolyte drinks, one is a powder mix and the other is in table form. They are only 2 grams of of carbs. The tablets are more convenient later on in a ride because I just plop 2 tablets into a 25 ounce water bottle when I refill it with water.

Sholleman 02-01-2020 17:42

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Originally Posted by mbuster (Post 1324645)
Diet tonic water works for BH. Its the kind with quinine in it.

I ride a bike and sweat easily in the warmer months. I usually make my own electrolyte drink, which has 10-20 times more potassium in it than others, more sodium, and probably magnesium too. On long organized rides, if they have it, I drink pickle juice too.

I've recently tried a couple of new electrolyte drinks, one is a powder mix and the other is in table form. They are only 2 grams of of carbs. The tablets are more convenient later on in a ride because I just plop 2 tablets into a 25 ounce water bottle when I refill it with water.

Yup, I drink (yes, diet, due to the pre-diabetes) tonic water before bed & each time I get up to stop the toe,etc cramps. I also use the powder electrolyte mix (I mix it strong, hoping it will help better, but not sure it does..may be wasting it....it's pretty expensive at $35 / 8.5 oz on Amazon. It also tastes better stronger. I liked the stuff with the sucralose better. Due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & fibromyalgia, I can't exercise enough to sweat, so that's not an issue. But, I don't think I've seen the tablets. I'll look for them. It'd be a lot easier than taking an ice chest with my electrolyte water everywhere and packing powder when we travel, etc.
thanks!
Pickle juice is a new one for me. I've heard of mustard and a few others. My Dr says it's the salt in all of the things like that which helps.

mbuster 02-02-2020 02:32

The powder I tried is Superieur and the tablets are Nuun Hydration Sport. I'm not endorsing either, but the tablets come in a small tube and easy to carry. The 25 ounce bottle I refer to is one that is carried on bicycles and has a large lid on it.

Pickle juice I save after the pickles are gone and keep it in the fridge and take a chug or two every now and then. There is also a company called Pickle Juice that sells packages of shot size servings of pickle juice.

Sholleman 02-02-2020 18:37

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Originally Posted by mbuster (Post 1324661)
The powder I tried is Superieur and the tablets are Nuun Hydration Sport. I'm not endorsing either, but the tablets come in a small tube and easy to carry. The 25 ounce bottle I refer to is one that is carried on bicycles and has a large lid on it.

Pickle juice I save after the pickles are gone and keep it in the fridge and take a chug or two every now and then. There is also a company called Pickle Juice that sells packages of shot size servings of pickle juice.

thanks! The powder I'm using is flavored (that's the reason I used more to help it taste better), but I think using extra in the water isn't helping. Yesterday instead of drinking 3 bottles (which is what I need to not cramp), I drank 2, which were mixed 3x's the strength and I had toe/foot and leg cramps all through the night. I drank half a bottle of diet tonic, getting up 5 times. I even tried the PM leg cramp pills before I went to sleep. They only lasted 45 minutes.

Just might try something different, like what you mentioned. I'm also taking Potassium, trying to sit in my chair differently at night (they say sitting in the same position will do it), and even (:vs_laugh:) putting a bar of lavender soap under my sheets! A PA at my Dr's suggested it, and I looked it up. It 'helped' at first, and when I started to get leg cramps again, I removed it, and the week it was gone, I had the WORST leg cramps ever.....so, no scientific evidence, but I'll try anything that doesn't harm me :vs_smirk:.

thanks again!


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