DAY#391 - Don't call me Sugar!
Boy, am I angry. Have you ever befriended someone and let them into your sacred group of trusted friends believed what they stood for and then only found out after committing to them they had been lying to you? Deceiving you? Yeah. Well, it happened to me and it is painful.
In the past month I have befriended Maltitol, a sugar alcohol. I left him into my life as a friend and an optional replacement for sugar. I thought cause he told me that he was LOW CARB friendly, Diabetic Friendly, and Sugar Free we would be fine friends. I then found Maltitol syrup I used to make "Sugar Free" ice cream (that tasted great). I also bought Russell Stover Candies, Hershey Bars, Chocolate Chips and York Peppermint patties that were all made with Maltitol. I was happy that there were tons of choices to help me fix my sweet tooth on an occasion.
However, my excitement has been short lived. I have been noticing that when I do eat a piece of "sugar free" candy my blood sugar seems to rise dramatically compared to most things I eat. How could that be? I blamed it on a bunch of things but as I keep narrowing down my options I have come to realize that "sugar alcohol" specially Maltitol has been the Culprit. As i researched on the net I came across this article: http://mendosa.com/netcarbs.htm
Apparently not all sugar alcohols are created equal. AND on top of that Maltitol is the biggest culprit. Maltitol depending on its form can have a Glycemic Index of 50+ which has a greater effect on your blood sugar than eating a bowl of noodles. EGAD!
I HAVE BEEN LIED TO. Maltitol is not a friend, not even close. WHY would I want to consume a sugar alcohol that considerably raises my blood sugar? If I want a sugar spike, I will just eat plain sugar. OK, so Maltitol is better than sugar, but it still has the same effects. That is like telling me that 90% strength poison is better for me than 100% strength poison. Sorry it is still poison. So Maltitol and all Maltitol based "sugar free' candies, cookies & sweets. You are no longer my friend and I do not have plans to spend any more time with you.
Using the chart of Sugar Alcohols below it is obvious that Sorbitol, Erythritol and Stevia (which also has a GI of 0) are the better choices. I will be looking for them as my sugar alternatives and staying away from the others.
|Glycemic Index and Energy Values of Polyols || |
| || |
|Polyol ||GI(glucose=100) ||Calories/g |
|Maltitol syrup (intermediate) ||53 ||3 |
|Maltitol syrup (regular) ||52 ||3 |
|Maltitol syrup (high) ||48 ||3 |
|Polyglycitol (hydrogenated starch hydrolysate) ||39 ||2.8 |
|Maltitol syrup (high-polymer) ||36 ||3 |
|Maltitol ||36 ||2.7 |
|Xylitol ||13 ||3 |
|Isomalt ||9 ||2.1 |
|Sorbitol ||9 ||2.5 |
|Lactitol ||6 ||2 |
|Erythritol ||0 ||0.2 |
|Mannitol ||0 ||1.5 |
I am currently trying out a few different products to join with my use of stevia and to replace my no-good two timing excuse for a friend Maltitol. including: NOW Foods Erythritol Pure Sweetener
and Zsweet All Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener