What We’re Reading: Splenda vs. Stevia

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at www.mydiabetescentral.com entitled “Splenda or Stevia?” This blog entry is written by David Mendosa, a medical writer with Type 2 diabetes, and details his reasons for switching back and forth between the two noncaloric sweeteners.

For more information about various sweeteners on the market, check out dietitian Amy Campbell’s blog entries on “Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth With Low-Calorie Sweeteners”: Part 1 and Part 2.

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This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at www.mydiabetescentral.com entitled “Splenda or Stevia?” This blog entry is written by David Mendosa, a medical writer with Type 2 diabetes, and details his reasons for switching back and forth between the two noncaloric sweeteners.

For more information about various sweeteners on the market, check out dietitian Amy Campbell’s blog entries on “Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth With Low-Calorie Sweeteners”: Part 1 and Part 2.

  • SweetLucee

    Splenda vs Stevia?? Here’s my take on it:
    Splenda = 95% Maltodextrin and Dextrose. Sucralose, their high intensity chemical sweetneer, accounts for about 5% of the product. Sucralose “is made by patented process that substitutes three of the hydrogen-oxygen groups in sugar with three chlorine atoms”. That is a direct quote from a Splenda representative admitting that Sucralose is sugar modified with chlorine. Glycemic indes = 80.
    STEVIA = Zero Carbs – Zero Glycemic Index – Zero Calories. Completely natural – Derived from a plant – Zero Chemicals. What is Stevia?
    Stevia is one of the most health restoring plants on earth. What whole leaf Stevia does both inside the body and on the skin is incredible. Native to Paraguay, it is a small green plant bearing leaves which have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. Besides the intensely sweet glycosides (Steviosides, Rebaudiosides and a Dulcoside), various studies have found the leaf to contain proteins, fiber, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, rutin (a flavonoid), true vitamin A, Vitamin C and an oil which contains 53 other constituents. Quality Stevia leaves and whole leaf concentrate are nutritious, natural dietary supplements offering numerous health benefits.
    The choice is yours :-)

  • Sally Mettler

    The comments about Syevia vs.slenda are interesting. On my Vegan diet, I use fructose{very little} or honey,especially for baking. I allow 1 carb per serving generally ,sometimes more

    according to the recipes nutritional recommendations. On my cereal I allow 1 tsp. fructose. This seems to give me the control over my blood sugar that I need as my reading this morning was 85.Also I’ve reduced my insulin from 64 units of Lancet to 22 units. I feel better on this diet Less hunger. I eat 9 to 10 carbs a day with each carb measuring 15 grams of carbohydrates.The rest are vegetables, nuts and grains. I tried tofu in soup tonight. It was very good.

  • Sally Mettler

    When I posted my note on Aug.29 I was still taking insulin. I now am off insulin. I still take Metformin 2 times a day. However,I hope to reduce this also. I also reduced my blood pressure meds by 1/3. The Vegan diet, I believe, attributed to this. My blood sugar runs around 100 usually. My doctor told me to run it a little higher so I would not face hypoglycemia.This requires checking it several times a day. My doctor checked my nutrient levels, also. Everything was normal including protein, B12,and D. I was concerned about the protein, but I must be eating enough.

  • Shelbyrue

    FYI – honey is an animal product and therefore not vegan.

  • KGHall

    Be careful with Stevia as with any other herb. I used it for a while, but developed severe migraines. As soon as I stopped the Stevia, the headaches stopped.

  • Phil Gilmore

    I gave up Splenda three-mos ago, and went straight to stevia. I mix
    it w/ bottled, unsweetened lemon-concentrate, and bottled spring-water, for an ice-cold lemonade ‘to go’. You can also mix a proper, lemon-water ‘mix’ w/ decaf sun-teas — that is a super alternative too. The key ‘gain’ here, besides the usual concern re the chlorinated-compounds in Splenda, is the avoidance of a negative-skew of one’s gut-flora ecology. When you consider the incredibly-dependant function of one’s immune system vis ‘a vis their “GI-bacterial balance”, one can’t entertain (for even a nanosecond) the idea of using Splenda.

  • Susan

    sorry, a bee is not an animal. bees are insects, bees make honey. honey is vegan

  • Allan

    Very interesting comment about insects versus animals. I’ve found people from different cultures have different ideas of what is an animal. For some, it needs to be a mammal to qualify. For me most living things I encounter are animals vegetables or single_cells. So for me insects are animals. Maybe depends on one’s perspective.

  • rico

    Hey there self-deceivers,

    Here’s a news bulletin from thousands of years ago. Insects are animals.

  • Julie

    I was intrigued by this & found the following: http://www.vegetus.org/honey/honey.htm

    I would have to agree that honey is most definitely NOT vegan.

  • Tree

    The British and American Vegan Societies consider honey to be non-vegan. There is a lot of debate about honey.

    Susan, you say bees aren’t animals, but insects. Since when are insects not considered part of the animal kingdom? What reasoning do you use to get to ‘bees aren’t animals”.

    You like honey. It is a natural product but usually folks become vegan to avoid harming animals. Bees are harmed when honey is harvested; the beekeeper inevitably kills some bees to harvest honey, beexwax, pollen and royal jelly.

    I’m not vegan so honey is cool with me but be rational: insects are part of the animal kingdom. animal, plant or mineral — they only fit animal.

    If you won’t drink milk or eat eggs because animals made them, it is hypocritical to say honey is okay because animal insects/bees make honey.

  • I_Fortuna

    It might be good idea for some posters to read about the effects of soy on the thyroid. Soy is not a good food for diabetics. Fermented soy may be another story.
    Low glycemic is not a science and often deludes people. Stevia, like anything else may have its draw backs for some people.
    And, complaining about chlorine is fruitless as it is in our water even filtered water. The 5% of chlorine that MAY be present in Splenda is very low.
    As for a persons gut, their digestive system, we drink homemade kefir or yogurt in our smoothies, so if there are gut problems, I have not experienced them from Splenda or anything else. In fact, kefir has about 3 times the probiotics that are in yogurt.
    Honey is not vegan. Bees are raised for their honey just as cows are raised for their meat and milk, and chickens are raised for their eggs and meat.
    However, bees, cows, and chickens can be free range and grass or flower fed : )