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Old 12-08-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Sugar Alcohols???

In front of me, I have a bag on Sugar FRee Russell Stover Chocolate Covered Coconut Candies.


28 g Carbs
2 g Dietary Fiber
26 g Sugar Alcohol

What should I make of this? Can I eat a couple ? I am eating under 20 carbs a day
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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Sugar Alcohols are dangerous. If you eat too much you will end up with a very bad tummy ache leading to a lot of time on the toilet. They also tend to slow most people down when it comes to losing weight. I know in the past I start off with one or two and before I know it the whole bag is gone. It is best to avoid them if possible. Try sugar free Jello with homemade whipped cream using splenda. I saw someone else post that they mixed peanut butter with whipped cream and it was like peanut butter pie. YUM!!! Good Luck.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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Sugar Alcohols are dangerous. If you eat too much you will end up with a very bad tummy ache leading to a lot of time on the toilet. They also tend to slow most people down when it comes to losing weight. I know in the past I start off with one or two and before I know it the whole bag is gone. It is best to avoid them if possible. Try sugar free Jello with homemade whipped cream using splenda. I saw someone else post that they mixed peanut butter with whipped cream and it was like peanut butter pie. YUM!!! Good Luck.
I agree! Be VERY careful when eating sugar free candies.. even just a couple can send you straight to the bathroom. They are very tasty, but if you cant see yourself stopping at just one.. then I wouldnt even tempt yourself. Its not worth it and leads to tummy troubles
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:20 PM   #4
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As you can tell from that label, 'sugar free' doesn't mean low carb.

How many candies are there for those 28g of carbs?

This is just my opinion based on my own weight loss experience--it's best to wean yourself from the type of eating (candy, desserts--low carb or not) and focus on getting optimum nutrition from what you eat.

You will be eating less as you lose weight, and it's important to insure that you are nourishing your body.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:34 PM   #5
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Check the ingredients, the individual types of sugar alcohol vary a lot. Maltitol in particular is no different from straight sugar for some people, it's definitely not a "freebie". The lowest impact one is probably erythritol but it's more expensive so you won't see it in most commercial candies.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:28 AM   #6
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Erythritol is the only one I ever use, since I low-carb for blood sugar management and have seen spikes after eating foods containing other sugar alcohols. It's also less likely to cause unpleasant GI symptoms in most people and tastes very much like sugar.


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Old 12-09-2012, 07:13 AM   #7
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Sugar alcohols are not 'freebies'. They are often grouped in with artificial sugars but they are really a class of their own and should not be confused as they have quite a different effect. In a word - 'caution'!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:22 AM   #8
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This is just my opinion based on my own weight loss experience--it's best to wean yourself from the type of eating (candy, desserts--low carb or not) and focus on getting optimum nutrition from what you eat.

You will be eating less as you lose weight, and it's important to insure that you are nourishing your body.
I agree. A lot of lc foods are totally devoid of nutrition and should be termed non-foods and sugar alcohol candies are one of those.

Be careful with eating them- search back for old posts and you can see the misery that people were in when they ate more than one or two.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:43 AM   #9
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So, If I were to eat a serving of these, How many carbs would I count?
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:53 AM   #10
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Depends on your body and the type of sugar alcohol. If it was maltitol, I'd count at least half those sugar alcohols as actual carbs. If it was liquid sucralose, erythritol, or stevia, none of those affect me personally and I'd count them as a net zero. But they're junk food, regardless, so eat a serving and count however you'd like, but use them sparingly and be aware they can cause tummy trouble, cravings, and outright scale stalls.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:20 PM   #11
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for me they are just like real sugar, as far as blood sugar goes. not to mention causing diarrhea. but some people can get away with them. if you counted all the carbs and not netting out the sugar alcohols you would probably be ok.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:23 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone. I will eat them sparingly
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