The other day I posted a question about aspartame. Someone suggested using Stevia instead. I went to GNC today and the person there gave me a box of 100 packets of "NuNaturals NuStevia (White Stevia Powder). I asked her if this 'NuStevia' was the same as 'Stevia' and she said "Yes."
The Supplement Facts on back of box read: "Other ingredients: Maltodextrin and natural flavors. Suggested use: Add 1 packet directly to food or beverage. NuNaturals uses our special, highly concentrated Stevia EXTRACT, NuStevia, from which the bitterness of the EXTRACT has been removed. Be assured that this is a true Stevia EXTRACT, consistent in the quality that you expect from NuNaturals. Maltodextrin is a carbohydrate derived from corn, added to make measuring easier. NuNaturals uses plant-based natural flavors that help to make our Stevia products the best-tasting ones available. NuStevia is a natural plant EXTRACT. Contains no soy, yeast, gluten, wheat, milk, synthetics, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, or artificial sweeteners."
#1- What I am questioning is - is ths box that I bought, NuNaturals NuStevia (White Stevia Powder), the same as the Stevia that was recommended to me to use in place of the Equal? Is there a difference between the "Stevia" recommended to me the other day and the box I bought today of "NuStevia?"
On the side of the box it mentions: "NuStevia White Stevia Pure EXTRACT Powder and Quick Dissolve Tabs both without maltodextrin.'
The box I bought of NuStevia (White Stevia Powder) states that it DOES contain Maltodextrin.
#2- Does this make a difference? That the NuStevia White Pure EXTRACT Powder does not contain maltodextrin and that the NuStevia (White Stevia Powder) that I bought, does contain maltodextrin?
Do I have to return the box I bought? Thank you.
Thank you for your response. I decided to return the NuStevia for a refund. I was using one packet of Equal with my Quaker Puffed Rice cereal and one packet of Equal with my coffee. I am now using 1/2 teaspoon of Splenda in my All Bran and 1/2 teaspoon of Splenda in my coffee (which I have about 2-3 times a week).
It is so hard trying to find a suitable sugar substitute (they all say approved for Diabetics). I just noticed that the Ricola throat drops I like also contain aspartane.
Someone told me that it is not unusual to get a BG reading of 180 if you test too soon after a meal. Does that sound right?
Warren - Thank you for your reply. I have been looking at a few glycemic index lists on the web. As a matter of fact, that is why I stopped using Quaker Puffed Rice and switched to All Bran. Also, I stopped using one packet of Equal in the Quaker Puffed Rice (now All Bran) and use 1/2 teaspoon of Splenda. Also have given up the one packet of Equal in coffee (which I have about 2-3 times a week) and substituted 1/2 teaspoon of Splenda.
I know now about waiting 2 hours after eating to do a test, but how long should one wait after walking, say, 2 1/2 miles? Should you wait 2 hours also? No food involved, just the walking! Would you or someone else know? Thanks.
Sunday I had fairly large lunch at 12 noon and then went to a movie, got out about 2:15 pm and then went for a 2 mile walk. At about 3:30 pm I did BG test and it was 105. (As I said in previous posts, I consider myself pre-diabetic and want to do things now to possibly prevent onset of II or I.)
For anyone considering using Stevia, there are lottsa different places to buy or order the stuff. However, the thing to remember is DON't get the chrystaline version that looks like sugar, all the good stuff has been processed out of it and you've picked up the bad stuff in the processing.
That leaves the liquid form. In this form there is the clear variety and the dark molasass colored variety. Go for the dark, thats the good stuff. Its soooooo concentrated that usually only one or two drops in coffee is all you need.
As long as you have the liquid stevia use that. I'm assuming you put milk on your cereal, so simply add the stevia to the milk like you would to your coffee and Voila!
Thank you very much. I will try it with my All Bran (yes, I use 'Lactose Free - Fat Free' milk. I read the post by the person who tried the Stevia and said it taste "horrible." I guess it might be an acquired taste, but I am very willing to give it a try.
Post Edited (desertdiabetic) : 12/26/2005 11:56:58 AM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Robert2) : 1/3/2006 8:00:52 PM (GMT-7)
Hi Sharer (Im not sure which Warren you were addressing so I'll answer this)
This is taken directly from the official FDA consumer magazine as of December 2004. I haven't heard anything about any type of approval in 2005.