Artificial Sweeteners

Go Back   The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online > Diabetes Forum Start Here > Diabetes Forum Lounge

Diabetes Forum Lounge The Diabetes Forum lounge is the more social area of the community. Please feel free to drop in, and discuss anything thatís on your mind. Use this area for off topic discussions, making friends and being social.


Like Tree5Likes

Artificial Sweeteners


Closed Thread
 
Shared Thread Thread Tools
Old 08-05-2011, 02:05   #1
Active Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Montgomery, AL USA
Posts: 11

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2008

1 likes received
Default Artificial Sweeteners

Hi Everyone,

What is your opinion of various and sundry sweeteners for use in recipes?

Personally, I have yet to find an artificial sweetener that is a good fit for me. I don't mind the taste of Splenda, but consuming more than a minute amount causes stomach upset for me. While the other more popular options don't cause any distress, I don't care for the taste of them at all.

I have had a little success with Stevia in terms of taste and it doesn't provide any unpleasant side effects for me. Often, I simply don't bother with any sweetener at all. Even before I was diagnosed, I preferred my tea without sugar and didn't really care for any extra sugar added to my cooked fruits.

That being said, has anyone come across something a little out of the box that might be worth trying?

Gene likes this.
mtatum4496 is offline  
Old 08-05-2011, 20:49   #2
Active Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Posts: 11

Member Type
Type Undiagnosed
Diagnosed in N/A

1 likes received
Default

New to this forum, so just browsing and saw your post ... I read something recently about Xylitol being a great alternative, but not sure where I saw it. Also, not sure if this counts, but have you tried Agave nectar? Might not work for everything, but it's definitely sweet!
-Steve

BestFoot is offline  
Old 08-05-2011, 20:50   #3
Active Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Posts: 11

Member Type
Type Undiagnosed
Diagnosed in N/A

1 likes received
Default

Never mind about Agave; just read something rather negative about it

foxl likes this.
BestFoot is offline  
 
Old 08-05-2011, 22:26   #4
Moderator
 
moon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 6,100

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2011

5775 likes received
3394 likes given
Default

I came into diabetes hating artificial sweeteners of any kind, was very sensitive to the aftertaste. So, it has taken (and still takes) some work to balance that out.

The sweetener I like the most is erythritol (available online, expensive so I use it sparingly), but in quantity it does have an odd aftertaste. I use it in my coffee though without that being detectable.

I've found the reason so many recipes call for 2 different sweeteners is because each tends to negate the aftertaste of the other. I now use erythritol in all my baking but balance it with a few drops of liquid splenda. It works like a dream but I'm constantly refining.

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol but as it does not enter the large intestine (is secreted through the urine), it doesn't have the gastric effects the other sugar alcohols do, and it has no impact on my blood sugar (or most people's.)

__________________
Dx'ed Feb 2011 w/ BS > 600
A1C: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Other Stuff
2/13/11 .. 14.7 . . . . . . Trig/HDL ratio .. 5.5 to 2.2 in 6 mo
5/23/11 .. 6.2 . . . . . . . Low-carb/high healthy-fat diet
9/8/11 .... 5.6 . . . . . . . No meds, No statin
2/24/16 .... basal/bolus insulin 2-3 days/wk due to steroids

moon is offline  
Old 08-06-2011, 14:19   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Kansas City, MO USA
Posts: 5,911

Member Type
Type 1
Diagnosed in 2009 as Type 1.5

5212 likes received
9205 likes given
Default

Use em if you need em, I say.

Try combining a couple or even 3, to lessen the fakey taste: I combine erythritol, stevia, and splenda, regularly, and am happy with the results. I also use HALF the sweetening power called for in most recipes!

I use Mio to flavor water: you control how much you add so it does not need to be cloying.

moon likes this.
foxl is offline  
Old 08-07-2011, 03:21   #6
Active Member
 
d33na's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Perth Australia
Posts: 741

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 1983

357 likes received
528 likes given
Default

I also use a mix of Erythritol which isn't an artificial sweetner it's a natural sweetener and I agree it's expensive so I mix it with splenda for baking and stevia for my coffee...but like moon I tend to use far less than most recipes recommend...I think diabetes hones your taste buds and (my opinion) tastes become more obvious....

Really....I think you need to 'play' to get the right taste for you are your family...

foxl likes this.
__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I will not adjust myself to the world..I am adjusted to myself...Anias Nin

1000 metaformin am + pm | 60mml levemir pm | novorapid with food
A1c 18th March 2011 10.7 | A1c 14th July 2011 6.3
d33na is offline  
Old 08-07-2011, 03:57   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: United States
Posts: 8,795

Member Type
Type Undiagnosed
Diagnosed in 2010

6333 likes received
12139 likes given
Default

And here I am with my favorite still being Cyclamate from the '70's although it's been cleared for purchase in the states, it's not been reentered in the market place. Mine is old, but you can buy it still from England shipped here....




__________________

View Patdart's full Diabetes Forum profile here.
Patdart is offline  
Old 08-07-2011, 06:38   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 137

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2011

53 likes received
19 likes given
Default

I like things like pure Stevia. What I don't like is things prepared in such a manner as to be a cup for cup replacement for sugar. A stevia blend of this type we bought has a main ingredient not of stevia, but of dextrose, a form of glucose. Another mix we saw had an artificial sweetener as the second ingredient and the main ingredient was sucrose, another name for table sugar!

Dr. Richard Bernstein complains about such deceptive practices in his books.

Some food manufacturers are nonsensical, ridiculous, and borderline criminal. Read the labels on everything.

foxl likes this.

Last edited by gphx; 08-07-2011 at 06:40.
gphx is offline  
Old 08-07-2011, 14:06   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: jamnagar india
Posts: 3

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2000

Default

consider every content carrin a molecule of carbohydrate is a poison

swatantra is offline  
Old 08-07-2011, 14:09   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: jamnagar india
Posts: 3

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2000

Thumbs down artifial sweetners

[QUOTE=swatantra;50230]consider every content carrin a molecule of carbohydrate is a poison at it would demand more insuline which perhaps you cand not produce

swatantra is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Confused on Sweeteners Gizmo Diabetes Diet and Nutrition 25 07-19-2011 21:12
Is it possible to have sweet without artificial sweeteners? Tiggletaggle Diabetes Recipes 11 06-10-2011 14:15
Artificial Sweeteners - Friend or Foe? John.in.France Diabetes Forum Lounge 4 06-06-2011 18:53
Too many artificial sweeteners? portia1981 Diabetes 6 02-21-2011 15:59
Blood Sugar Spike By Sweeteners breezeonby Diabetes Diet and Nutrition 9 04-01-2010 17:53

LEGAL NOTICE
By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:23.




Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.