Alternative to sucose--natural sweetners

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Alternative to sucose--natural sweetners
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Wed, 05-15-2013 - 4:01pm

Here is a link to an interesting article about alternatives to sugar. http://life.nationalpost.com/2013/05/14/from-agave-nectar-to-coconut-sugar-sift-through-the-specs-of-so-called-natural-sweeteners-before-settling/

Have you used any of these products? Did you notice a difference in blood sugar?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 05-15-2013 - 4:56pm

My dad is diabetic and from all I've learned xylitol and stevia are the best sweetener substitutes from an all natrual standpoint.  I felt like the article was hard to follow as it wasn't geared toward the diabetic per se, and it lent too much to whether it would cause weight gain or not which isn't really the goal one way or the other of a diabetic. 

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 2:59am

Tracey, I found the article to be very interesting. In diabetes we talk periodically for example about Agave being a better sweetner to use and this explains why it really isn't. I had never heard of or seen coconut sugar.  Also weight in diabetes type 2 is a huge issue since something like 90% of type 2 diabetics are over weight. Also I wanted to post something here in a different voice and this comes from Canada. I am wondering if the article loaded correctly because I didn't find it hard to follow.

Thanks for visiting the board. Do you help care for your father or is he still able to be self sufficient?

 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 9:50am

I guess I was looking at it more as the article seemed to talked more towards the weight loss aspect of it IMO than anything else. I did not know that 90% of type 2 diabetics were overweight, so I guess if you are reading it from that mindset then it made more sense. My dad is in his 50's and lives in Michigan with my mom, his dad also had diabetes onset in his 40's and passed at age 59. My dad found out last summer he had it, but has managed it wonderfully since then, and while he wasn't "overweight" at the time, he has lost quite a bit of weight and size since incorporated new dietary changes. I spent a lot of time with him in October when they visited and over christmas discussing dietary changes, getting rid of the abundance of processed foods in their diet and his sugar habit. We approach things differently though, he is strictly about lowering blood sugar and eating things with a low sugar range, where I am much more about healthy all around eating and lifestyle, eliminating processed foods, aspartame, etc. Coconut sugar is becoming much more popular as another alternative thanks to the paleo diets IMO. I have seen it in more and more recipes lately. I use agave sparingly in our house, opting to use maple syrup and honey as sweeteners when possible. But overall, we've cut out most processed sweets in our household.

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Mon, 05-20-2013 - 11:25pm

Good for you Tracy! One of the things which happened to me when I became diabetic was the shock that I was the third generation in my family with diabetes. At the time we didn't know that heredity placed such a large role. So it is important that you keep your weight as close to normal as possible and that you eat well and exercise as much as you can. Also you should be checked about evey five years to make sure that you haven't become pre-diabetic or diabetic.

I am glad that your dad is doing well and that you were able to help him understand diabetic eating. Encourage him to follow the standards for diabetic care which you can find at www.diabetes.org. I am sure he feels better now also which is wonderful.

Mary Frances

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Registered: 11-22-2013
Tue, 11-26-2013 - 2:11am

Many dieters use artificial sweeteners and artificially sweetened foods as a way to cut sugar without eliminating all things sweet. However, not all artificial sweeteners are calorie free. In fact, some have almost as many calories as sugar. They're also somewhat controversial. for all those people i would reccommend to try this natural sweetener .Although the manufacturers' Web sites and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say that artificial­ sweeteners are perfectly safe,Even if you try to avoid artificial sweeteners, you may still be consuming them in products you've never considered. Did you know that artificial sweeteners are in your toothpaste, mouthwash, chewable vitamins and cough drops?