View Full Version : Sugar Alchohol

06-19-2005, 06:31 AM
What is Sugar Alcolhol? Is it really bad for you?

06-19-2005, 06:37 AM
Sugar alcohols are a sweetener used in diabetic and "low carb" sweets such as candies and ice cream; and also in low-carb meal replacement bars. They do not hit the bloodstream in the same way as regular sugars, and are much better tolerated by diabetics. But however helpful they may be to diabetics, the fact remains that sugar alcohols have calories and these calories must be counted. A lot of low carb dieters forget this and then wonder why they're not losing weight when they are eating Atkins bars with hundreds of calories from sugar-alcohols. :rolleyes:

These sweeteners are not bad for you per se, but eating a lot of them at once leads to very severe gas in most people.

06-19-2005, 07:07 AM
hmm so having some sugar alcohol and less sugar seems to be better the having just all sugar...

06-19-2005, 08:26 AM
Better than? It depends on what you're looking for. Sugar alcohols do have somewhat fewer calories than sugar, that's true. But if it's low calories you're looking for, you can use artificial sweeteners that have practically zero calories.

06-19-2005, 08:27 AM
Here's a page on sugar alcohols. http://www.truestarhealth.com/Notes/1957006.html

06-19-2005, 09:03 AM
Don't sugar alcohols give a lot of gas as well? haha

06-19-2005, 09:05 AM
Hey sometimes you really need to fart and that wouldn't be that bad lol. Now if you can't control it that would be bad lol

06-20-2005, 02:28 PM
I do perfectly fine with 20g's of xylitol every day. NO stomach issues.It's the only sugar subsitute I use.

06-20-2005, 03:46 PM
I had a talk with a girl that just got her msters in dietician.
We 'think' that for the most part sugar alcohols will almost be treated as fiber to your body, it'll just pass thru. But, you CAN develope quiet the tolerance over time as to how much sug alc you can ingest without bad side efeects.

For almost any time of the day it is better to have sugar alcohols thann plain sugar. and its not because of the calorie difference(sugar 4cal/g, alcohol3.7/g i think)
main reason is because you don't want your insulin going all jumpy thruout the day.

06-20-2005, 04:03 PM
^^^^^yeah thats the reason I see sugar alcolhols being a little better then sugar. I don't really care about the gas problem if it gives me any .

06-20-2005, 05:01 PM
Sugar alcohols still do elicit an insulin response, though.

06-21-2005, 01:51 PM
Sugar alcohol will boot you out of ketosis, something to watch for if you're on a Keto-style diet.

Under normal conditions during idle times of the day I aim for sugar alcohols opposed to the regular stuff if I'm dieting (non-keto). :)

06-21-2005, 01:58 PM
One time I ate a half a box full of popsicles sweetened with sugar alcohols. They were on sale for $2 for a box of 14 pops...

I thought I was going to die. I had to call in sick for 2 days. I have NEVER experienced stomach upset like that before. I will never willfully ingest anything with sugar alcohol as long as I live. I'd rather be fat.