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Behemoth
04-21-2002, 06:24 PM
How does sugar alcohol breakdown in your system? And should I stay away from it? (I'm on a cutting diet)

codei
04-21-2002, 10:09 PM
yea im wondering this too. i found some protein bars for $1 each that have 0 carbs but 10g of sugar alcohol.

Podium Kreatin
04-21-2002, 10:19 PM
are u talking about aspartame? "fake sugars" usually slow down metabolism b/c of the alcohol group, and in terms of the big picture of losing weight, it's not much difference than real sugar

LiftAgain
04-22-2002, 05:49 AM
Sugar Alcohols like Xylitol and Sorbitol are natural sweeteners unlike aspartame and other artificial sweeteners!

Sorbitol (http://www.caloriecontrol.org/sorbitol.html)

Xylitol (http://www.caloriecontrol.org/xylitol.html)

tony touch
04-22-2002, 07:36 AM
does it have the same effects on your body as sugar?

LiftAgain
04-22-2002, 12:31 PM
Xylitol is well known of it's effect in preventing caries. It tastes good unlike aspartame and will keep your teeths healthy too.

Here's (http://www.xylitol.org/) another link to some info on the benefits of xylitol. Click on the links on the left side and you'll see more info.

One interesting quote from the Dr Peldyak link:


The huge new area for xylitol research is going to be in sports nutrition. Already there is a steady rumble of rumors about xylitol gaining favor among bodybuilders. Xylitol has many appealing features. It's low glycemic index and mostly insulin-independent metabolism makes it ideal for maintaining steady blood sugar and insulin levels. This may help promote muscle building (anabolism). Through its use with severely traumatized patients, xylitol has been shown to have a muscle sparing effect (anti-catabolism). Xylitol is a precursor to key antioxidants which minimize free-radical damage generated by severe exercise.
Because xylitol is efficiently and steadily converted to glucose (energy) and glycogen (storage) it may be particularly useful when coupled with other carbohydrates for recovery after heavy exercise. Likewise it may be valuable for carbohydrate loading (supercompensating) by packing glycogen after a depletion phase.

Behemoth
04-22-2002, 12:53 PM
So this stuff will not spike my insulin? Or will it? I guess the verdict is to stay away from it while cutting?

capinatl
04-22-2002, 07:22 PM
http://www.optimumnutrition.com/2001opti/2001products/cpdinfo.html

Yeah, I eat a few of these bars - and the recent FDA changes made me wonder the same thing.