You see, I always liked strong coffee with lots of sugar to balance the bitterness, but since my diagnoses I proceeded with the caution and was drinking it either without any sweeteners or with Truvia (1-2 packets) and was OK BG wise but meh and blah taste wise. So I am still on a lookout for other sweeteners as Truvia is on expensive side and I was hoping to find something maybe cheaper and closer to sugar by taste. And I bought this “Stevia in the Raw” in the GNC store and so far used one packet at the time (I didn’t care for the taste much, but it wasn’t too bad either) and it seemed to be OK with my BG and while I probably wouldn’t buy it anymore, but it’s here already, so cheapskate me got to use it!
Today I decided to up my sweets in my coffee – I figured why not? If there is nothing to spike me, why not make my coffee more enjoyable? So I put in 2 Truvias and 2 "Stevias in the Raw" and my coffee tasted very nice………...... you know the rest. :thumpdown
So I’m reading the label and it says; Ingredients: Dextrose, Stevia Extract.
Total Carbohydrate less than 1 gr (hmmm….)
EACH SERVING CONTAINS LESS THAN 4 CALORIES WHICH THE FDA CONSIDERS DIETETICALLY ZERO. (Capital letters are original).
“Suitable for people with diabetes”. Really?
My guess would be that “less than 4 calories” (of sugar I might add) is probably 3.5 and it is ALL CARBS. So I actually had about 7 from this thing (and maybe more, who knows how closely they follow their claims) + my bread of 16-18 carbs = 23-25 and it is probably too much for me in the morning. I always have the highest reading after breakfast, but not above 140 and most days it is around 110-125. And I didn’t have 160 reading for at least 2 months no matter what time of day!
Now I went and read some on dextrose: https://monstersuppl...de-to-dextrose/
(there is more)
Dextrose is a fast acting carbohydrate, which means that as soon as you ingest it, it will become active. As a result your blood sugar levels are affected and your insulin levels are spiked. As dextrose is a fast release carbohydrate your body assimilates it immediately which means there is a very high dosage of glycogen available at once. In fact, Dextrose scores 100 on the glycemic index which is very high!
So what does this mean to you and your physique? On the plus side, the effect dextrose has on your blood sugar levels can be great first thing in the morning and immediately after training, in fact, its essential. This is because during these periods of the day your muscle glycogen levels are depleted and there is a lack of glucose in your blood. In short this means there is a lack of usable energy, which is when the effects of catabolism begin to become active as they begin to breakdown muscle tissue as a form of energy opposed to your body fat……
Well well well, FAST ACTING CARBOHYDRATE! That’s just what I need… first thing in the morning as the article suggests! I realize they’re talking about healthy people. Maybe it is beneficial for someone. But I am also confused (I’m really bad with understanding all these “breakdowns” and “catabolism” thingies) and maybe somebody can explain it to me in simpler terms. Does it mean that I’m breaking my muscles if my sugar is not high in the morning? I hope not.
In any case, it’s just another reminder to read the labels even more carefully and not to trust claims of suitability for diabetics just because they say so!