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Dextrose, dextrin, maltodextrin in Artifical Sweetners

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I have been using Stevia in the Raw instead of many other artifical sweetners like Splenda. How do the bulking agents in artifical sweetners affect you? Do they seem to increase BG numbers for you or is the amount insignficant? Larry

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Hi Larry,

Yep, they all jack me up just like sugars. Then keep me up for a couple of days. Doesn't matter what artificial sweetener is used, if it has any bulking agent, up I go. Most of the 'sugar alcohols' do the same thing. I can use liquid splenda as it doesn't contain any of the 'bulking' agents and Stevia works good for me. I also can tolerate regular good ol' saccaharine.

Mike

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It's not surprising that the bulking agents raise blood sugar.

 

Dextrins are a fairly large family and are used as food additives as well as glue. They are composed of short chains of glucose, and are normally made from corn or wheat starch. They are easily broken down by the body into glucose.

 

Splenda works because it is composed of a small amount of sucralose, which is very sweet, and is bulked out with dextrins. The dextrins raise blood sugar. So although you are using less, you are still eating glucose, so I guess it depends on how much you are using. Am I right in thinking that Splenda used in baking is around half the weight for the same sweetness?

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It is my understanding that 1 cup of Splenda = 1 Cup of sugar for baking, same for teaspoon 1=1. However, they caution if it is a cake, the structure will not be the same, especially with larger quantities. It may bake differently - appearently the sugar provides structure to the cake.

 

My BG numbers seem to "hover around 100 to 110. Not bad, but not quiet low enough. If this continues, I may go to meds. I could not find why. I purchased Stevia last time at Sam's Club. Found out later that it was not the "In the Raw" and has dextrin and Maltodextrin. I was thinking that was the problem. I went to the hospital for a day. While there, they attempted to feed me many things telling me what I could eat (but I did not). Later, I had a dicussion with the dietition about these - she (of course) said I could eat mashed potatoes, corn flakes, malt-o-meal, orange juice, some white bread (as the toast they served me) all guidelines of the ADA. When I told her I was also concerned about maltodextrin, dextrose and dextrin - she quickly said "I've seen no studies that changes BG levels." I was beginning to question my strict guidelines. I am glad to hear your comments. I continue to believe you are right. I hope many others will also leave comments to see if most people have problems with this or just a few of us.

My BG used to go down into the mid 80 very smoothly and well, but now it seems almost impossible. There is not a great big spike (125) but also it seems hard to settle down. I guess we all know how that goes. Something is keeping me from reaching my goals - maybe this.

Thanks, Larry

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You can buy liquid splenda that does not have the bulking agents ... I bought Zsweet powder (stevia and erythritol), and that does not have them either.

 

I somewhat suspect it in my spikes ...

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Linda,

 

Where can I buy liquid Splenda? I can't seem to find it in any stores. Same with Zsweet powder? I've never heard of that product before.

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Linda,

 

Where can I buy liquid Splenda? I can't seem to find it in any stores. Same with Zsweet powder? I've never heard of that product before.

 

Nope neither in stores I have been in ... buy online.

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Same problem here . . . the bulking agents raise my BG. Truvia powder (stevia and erythritol), DaVinci syrups & plain old saccharine are my standbys.

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