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November 30, 2010, 10:53am Report to Moderator
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Just a word to the wise about the sugar substitute maltitol (although I'm probably the only person here who hadn't previously realised this!)

I bought myself some sugar-free fruit gums sweetened with maltitol. I ate rather a lot of them the other day knowing I would suffer the side effect of wind and possible runny tummy. I did indeed suffer these effects but the effect I had not bargained for was my BG was 12.5 afterwards!

After reading up on maltitol I discovered it is far from being BG-neutral and still provides about 70% of the calories and BG effect as normal sugar. Disappointing, especially when you factor in the effects on the digestive system.

Looks like I'll be sticking to my once-weekly treat of a small bag of choccy buttons and giving the "sugar-free" sweeties a miss
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November 30, 2010, 4:19pm Report to Moderator
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I've found recently that even a small amount of anything ending in -ol has a bad effect on my guts. I don't like the taste of Splenda, so I'm getting a bit pushed for sweeteners. "Original" Hermesetas ( saccharine based ) is OK : it's a struggle to give up sweetening coffee . I stopped completely for about 4 months but found I really missed it. Dunno what to use in cooking , so tend not to do that kind of cooking.
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November 30, 2010, 5:00pm Report to Moderator
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I'm not keen on Splenda either Tessa, I find it leaves a nasty aftertaste. I don't sweeten tea or coffee but as you say it's hard to find a good substitute for the odd occasion you want to cook sweet stuff.
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November 30, 2010, 8:31pm Report to Moderator
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Tessa - go to Word Navigator and enter *ol in the search box for all sorts of (mostly non-medical) words ending in "ol".  I noticed alcohol and ethanol, for example!
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November 30, 2010, 9:55pm Report to Moderator
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Useful for crosswords, thank you !
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December 1, 2010, 2:01am Report to Moderator
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Well alcohol defo lowers yer BG.

Have you ever tried any ethanol BATcher?

And what about scho-OL ?
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