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Sugar free sweets?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Hlb81, May 9, 2021.

  1. Hlb81

    Hlb81 · Member

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    My husband was given these the other day and over the week has eaten the full box, I’m not sure they are ok to have as they have high carbohydrates in, can anyone help and settle my mind please?
     

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  2. sgm14

    sgm14 · Well-Known Member

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    This is probably one of those cases where you want to be wrong, but unfortunately you are correct. The figure to go by is the total carbs as almost all carbs eventually turn to glucose and the only difference between sugar and non-sugar carbs is how quickly it affects your blood sugar.

    How big was the box? (It says 13 servings, but I'm not sure what a serving is)
     
  3. searley

    searley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    These normally are ok

    They have replaced the sugar with sucralose which the body can’t process so while it is carbs it should have little effect

    But it will act as a laxative so should be eaten sparingly


    Data from elsewhere:

    Sucralose is an artificial sweetener and sugar substitute. The majority of ingested sucralose is not broken down by the body, so it is noncaloric

    Sucralose and other artificial sweeteners are notorious for causing laxative effects — bloating, diarrhea, gas
     
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  4. MrsA2

    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Isomalt and sucralose are both artificial sweeteners, ie. Created chemically.
    On paper, and on some peoples meters, they may not raise blood sugar but I, for one, am being very sceptical about what long effects they may prove to have on our bodies and our health.
    They haven't been around in the human diet very long in evolutionary terms and I suspect we may just be building up problems for the future.
    Other sweeteners are similar.
    Proponents of the real food and anti food addiction movements would also argue they keep our taste for sweet things high, making it more difficult to resist anything else sweet as well

    So all in all, I try (and sometime fail) to avoid them. They might be a useful crutch initially but there are so many people out there now using sweeteners as an everyday alternative to sugar that I think we might just be replacing one problem with another.

    Just my very personal opinion, and posting as someone guilty of falling of the wagon herself yesterday:shy:
     
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  5. searley

    searley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Certainly not good for the environment the amount of methane it can produce
     
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  6. Hlb81

    Hlb81 · Member

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    It was a 44g box
     
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    Wanderer89 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Not had any of these for years but when I do eat them it’s 1 or 2 but that’s because of what else is in them. Can’t see it affecting sugar levels surely but not sure what a full box would do to the system.
     
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    Thank you all, it certainly explains some of the unwanted ‘effects’ he’s been suffering from the past week - hopefully he’s learnt his lesson.
     
  9. sgm14

    sgm14 · Well-Known Member

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    So that is 42g for the whole box, which over a week is only about 6g per day and presumably about 2 mints per day.
    As a one off, I can't see there being any reason to worry.

    When I was diagnosed, I was told that the stuff they add to 'diabetic sweets' and 'diabetic chocolate' was just as bad for everyone as normal sweets and chocolate were to diabetes.
     
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