Hi, I'm new to this particular forum. I do post often on the Crohn's disease forum (because I have Crohn's disease) and I don't actually have diabetes. However, just a couple of days ago I came across something which I really think could help people here.
As I understand it, diabetics must control their insulin levels, which means you've got to avoid high carb foods, especially sugar. I am also trying to reduce my carbs, because high insulin levels cause inflammation, and Crohn's is an inflammatory bowel disease. I've been on the Zone Diet for 4 months, and I'm getting good results.
Now to the point of this post. If you'd like something sweet and can't take sugar, you've got to make do with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin. The trouble is that saccharin is a strongly suspected carcinogen, and aspartame has even more serious issues. If you didn't already know that, see this:
So what to do? Turns out there is something called "stevia", a natural herb. The sugar industry succeeded in getting it banned in the USA as a food, but it can still be sold as a dietary supplement. So you'll never find it in the food section of a supermarket, though you might find it in the pharmacy. Several companies in the USA make it, and you're most likely to find it in health food stores, but it can also be bought online. It does cost more than aspartame or saccharin, but it's not outrageous. There is an excellent Wikipedia page on stevia (and note that there IS a health controversy about
Assuming that you decide you want to give stevia a try, this page has more info (note: they are plugging their own brand of stevia):
I didn't buy that one, though I'm sure it's OK. Instead, I bought this brand at a healthfood store for $8.50 (a box of 100 packets):
While I am not going to swear that stevia is harmless, I think that it would be prudent to trade off between artificial sweeteners, rather than just using one. You might want to use saccharin one day, aspartame the next, and stevia the day after. You know the old saying about
not putting all your eggs in one basket.
So I'll leave it at that. I'd be interested in hearing the comments of others.
Crohn's since 1988
Post Edited (ozonehole) : 5/18/2007 7:50:18 PM (GMT-6)