What does Sugar Alcohol mean?
Posted 12 June 2007 - 06:47 AM
Posted 12 June 2007 - 06:52 AM
I have no idea what Sugar Alcohol is, but I just had to comment on seeing another idiotic package claiming to be sugar free especially saying made with Splenda, but having 27g of carbs per 3 pieces. Annoys the heck outta me. You might as well just get the real deal which would probably have less carbs then this "Sugar-Free" candy...
There is a huge difference as sugar has other side effects not related to diabetes at all. Dental problems are ones that come to mind to me.
Sugar alcohol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Essentially it is a sweetener like Splenda or Nutrasweet. It doesn't have the tooth decay of regular sugar, generally less calories than regular sugar, and has a less effect on the BG (for diabetics.)
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 08:13 AM
What is Sugar Alcohol? I bought some candy that is called Russell Stover Mint Patties. It's sugar free with Splenda. It says it has no sugar in it but it has sugar alcohol. Total carbs is 27g, serving size is three pieces.
Sugar alcohol's depend on the person. I can deduct the sugar alcohol's from the total carb just like i can the fiber in most things. But some people may not be able to. The only way to find out is to eat and test.
It does have less calories which can be good if you are counting calories etc.
The only ill effects that it can have on a person is the fact that if you eat too much of it, it can give you the laxative affect. However my body doesnt seem to respond that way to it.
I agree with some products just eating the regular thing but others such as hard candy like the crystal light candies... OMG they are so good even if your not diabetic lol I also eat no sugar added ice cream instead of the real thing, as it may have less fat and less calories. Other feel differently. Only you can make the decision to eat it or not.
Hope this helps
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 09:19 AM
Sugar alcohol is not a bad thing, but just like sugar, you need to do it in moderation. I know when I've had too much as it makes me "burp" out the back end.
Yep, that's the problem lots of people have with sugar alcohols, it sends you to the bathroom--------a lot!
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:39 AM
Not long after diagnosis, hubby and I went to the movies and I made us a "goodie bag," complete with s/f Reese cups (3), s/f Hershey bars (2) and s/f chocolate covered peanuts.
Midway through the movie, my stomach made a sound i'd never heard before ...I could hear it through the movie sounds, followed by a sharp lower abdominal cramp...I had to "run" to the bathroom, and stayed there a good while...hubby didn't eat as many "goodies" as I did and had no problems. Now I just avoid the s/f goodies and have a very small amount of the "real thing" when I absolutely must.
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Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.
Posted 12 June 2007 - 11:11 AM
Tried alot of that "sugar-free" candy right after I got diagnosed...
Most of it has Sorbitol....which acts like a laxative ;-)
One of my kids ate a whole bag of it once - zoinks! ;-)
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbitol]Sorbitol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/url]
Quote from that link:
"Sorbitol is a sugar substitute often used in diet foods (including diet drinks) and sugar-free chewing gum. Sorbitol is produced naturally by the body, yet sorbitol is poorly digested by the body. Too much sorbitol in cells can cause damage.
Diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy may be related to excess sorbitol in the cells of the eyes and nerves. The source of this sorbitol in diabetics is excess glucose, which goes through the polyol pathway. Ingesting large amounts of sorbitol can lead to some abdominal pain, gas, and mild to severe diarrhea. Sorbitol can also aggravate irritable bowel syndrome and fructose malabsorption."
I'll take a small chunk of normal, dark chocolate anytime...none of that other stuff.
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Posted 13 June 2007 - 11:39 AM
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