Is Pure Maple Syrup ok for Diabetics

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Faerun
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   Posted 11/30/2005 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My 7 yr old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 insulin dependent Diabetes just over a year ago and I am unable to use artificial sweetners due to MSG sensitivity (maltodextrin) so making deserts is a pain i have been unable to find comprehensive guides to natural sweetners online so does anyone know if Pure Maple Syrup is safe??

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 11/30/2005 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Make your own & use Splenda.
SnowyLynne


Geeve
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   Posted 11/30/2005 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read some questionable articles about Splenda...
But would recommend trying to find a natural sweetener called "Stevia".
It is made from a plant leaf which is very sweet.  The problem you have is, finding a product which has a base "filler" other than maltodextrin.  I have 3 brands of Stevia on my shelf right now.  2 of them use rice maltodextrin; the 3rd uses inulin fiber.
Do you have a "Whole Foods" market near you?  If not, try searching on line.

different_seasons
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   Posted 11/30/2005 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
SnowyLynne said...
Make your own & use Splenda.

Could you further explain this, I don't understand? How could you make your own?

Warren
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   Posted 12/1/2005 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Faerun,

1st off, Maple syrup is certainly not diabetic safe.  I go to Vermont to go skiing and one of the popular things they sell up there is the maple sugar candy made from the pure maple syrup.  A much more natural form of sugar, but sugar nonetheless.

As to recipes; Diabetic Gourmet Magazine (an online magazine) has tons and tons of desert menus in their archives.  I subscribe to their "daily diabetic recipe" by email; a free service that has some really nice recipes.  Hope this helps

scool Warren

diamond911
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   Posted 12/1/2005 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   

No, maple syrup, honey, etc. are all sugars which will raise the glucose significantly.  There are syrups called DaVinci (you can get them online at Netrition.com.   They come in every flavor and pancake syrup.  They use liquid splenda, which should be tolerable. I've heard that the  the liquid is  better for you than the granulated.   You might just try one bottle and see how it goes. 

Otherwise, stevia is a good choice, though a bit of a challenge to get the right amount and not cause bitterness.  Pure stevia is the best kind to use.  You need only minute amounts to equal a tsp of sugar.  Its an herb and is actually good for you. 


devine007
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   Posted 12/1/2005 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
You could try making your own desserts and baked goods. My mom used to completely omit the sugar and add things like applesauce or raisins. For example banana bread you could put either applesauce or raisins instead of sugar, or maybe oatmeal cookies with raisins instead of sugar. Also splenda is great for baking and desserts too. ( but it does have maltodextirn in it ). Good luck! Robyn

Chutsman
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   Posted 12/2/2005 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
There is a radio program that is on during the week called Duke And The Doctor.  You can also listen to them on their website: www.dukeandthedoctor.com.  The doctor says that Splenda raises your HA1C level.  Any comments?  She highly recommends Stevia, which I use.

The short form for "you are" is "you're", NOT "your".


Warren
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   Posted 12/2/2005 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi chutsman,
 
Well, there is a raging debate over sweetners going on.  There are over 6000 web sites that mention aspartame, with many hundreds alleging aspartame to be the cause of multiple sclerosis, lupus erythematosis, Gulf War Syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, brain tumours, and diabetes mellitus, among many others. Virtually all of the information offered is anecdotal, from anonymous sources and is scientifically implausible.  Likewise, the same is happening for Spenda. If you read through the posts you'll find a much more lengthy discussion on artifical sweetners.
 
There doesn't seem to be any hardcore scientific proof on any of this stuff, but Stevia seems to be safer from a common sense standpoint as it is not lab created.  I sincerely doubt that there are any double blind studies that show Splenda raises Ha1c levels and for the time being its certainly better than eating real sugar.
 
scool  Warren
 
See posts on "Spenda", "Aspartame" and "Artificial Sweetners"

Post Edited (Warren) : 12/2/2005 8:05:53 PM (GMT-7)


SnowyLynne
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   Posted 12/2/2005 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
You can buy maple flavoring add Splenda or whatever sugarfree thing you want to make.
SnowyLynne


Chutsman
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   Posted 12/3/2005 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Warren, it is certainly a confusing world out there and moreso for us diabetics.  Something like one week coffee is good for you, next week they say it isn't.  Same for aspirin.  I'm sticking to the Stevia for my sweetner.
The short form for "you are" is "you're", NOT "your".


devine007
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   Posted 12/3/2005 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
In response to splenda raising your HgA1C, I use splenda EVERY day in my coffee, tea, baking, on my cereal, etc. I just had my HgA1C done and it was 5.4. I have been type 1 for 24 years now and have been using splenda for about 10. My HgA1c has never been over 7. I think that doctor is pulling your leg. Robyn

Faerun
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   Posted 12/11/2005 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you all so much for your help :)
 
i will have a look around sorry its taken so long to reply

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 12/11/2005 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
My hubby I uaed to argue about this very problem.I finally got him to see the light.He just didn't want to believe it.
SnowyLynne


EtherealZaftig
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   Posted 5/25/2006 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I know I'm a little late in replying to this posting, but have you tried or looked into Xylitol?  It is naturally made from birch sugar.  I think it tastes better than Stevia & you can substitute it evenly in recipes.  It is also great for baking.  I'm not sure if if meets your no MSG requirement though.  Also Agave nectar has a low gycemic index & is safe for diabtics.  To make brown sugar for baked goods, you could mix 1 cup xylitol with 4 tbs of Agave (or less if you find this too sweet) & decrease the overall recipe liquids by 3tbs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I took out the link as I think anyone interested in any of these products can find them on the net or find more info by doing a google!  However, thanks for the info, it is a much overlooked sugar substitute. - Warren
 

Post Edited By Moderator (Warren) : 5/25/2006 9:55:34 AM (GMT-6)

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