Let me see, what do I remember about my early days as a diabetic...?
The stuff that ends in -ol (ie Sorbitol, Maltilol, sucralol, etc) are usually sugar alcohols, and the vote's still out on the results of long term use. They do often cause stomach upset or diarhea though... never a terrific experience...
Dextrose is not an artificial sugar, it IS sugar! LOL Most of the time, I use dextrose tablets when my blood glucose levels crash, and it brings my levels back to normal just as well as glucose tablets or gels do. They are found in the same aisle and usually on the same shelf at the stores... and the cost is about the same, too.
Maltose is malt sugar, just about anything with the -ose ending is sugar too. Same basic idea-- though I don't THINK the others come in tablets...LOL
I have CKD (aka chronic kidney disease) and artificial sweeteners are a definite NO-NO. Not only are they very hard for my kidneys to process--and just incidently for yours too!-- they trigger my worst fibromyalgia symptoms...
not something I contemplate with any degree of pleasure, believe me! LOL
Whenever I NEED to sweeten something, I use fruit, fruit juice, or real sugar. Yep. REAL SUGAR. Only when there is no choice but to sweeten-- and then it's like any other food, I have to count the carbs...!
Whether it's sweeteners, fats, whatever, if it's anything artificial, anything that says 'diet' or 'fat-free' or 'sugar free', I won't even pick it up, I stay away from it. Period.
Otherwise, I've gotten to the point where I just do a quick scan of the ingredients to see the amount of preservatives and if there's anything I'm allergic to-- but I DO read the nutrition lines thoroughly and look at the total carbs and sugars, the sodium and potassium levels, etc.
Thing is, for the most part, I'm better off staying away from sweets altogether, using moderate amounts of fruit only; if I stay away from the sweet sugary stuff, the cravings for it GO AWAY! Isn't that WONDERFUL! It does take a while, though... and then there will be a wedding or a birthday party or a holiday, with all those lovely goodies...hm.
Just like folks without diabetes, I have to weigh the fleeting pleasure against whether it's worth having to start over...
Back to square one, anybody? LOL
I guess it boils down to choices again. We're all different, we all have our own chemical makeup and tolerances vary all over the place-- what works for me may not for you, and we're the ones who have to live with the resulting consequences of whatever we choose... good or not.
So here we are... choices again!
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." Walter P. Chrysler said it, I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL
Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called t
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