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
November 30, 2010, 4:19pm
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.
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.