Today's topic is carbs in sugar-free sweeteners and how "calorie free" does not always equate to, "carb-free".
For those with Diabetes or for people who are on high dose/long term prednisone, (which can cause Diabetes if one's sugar intake is not tightly controlled), this is a very important thing to be aware of.
I discovered this danger first hand, (literally, via finger-prick-test), when I was still hospitalized back in Jan '13 as there, one's only non-sugar choice for sweetening the breakfast "cafe" is aspartame. And of course, due to treatment, sugar was not an option for me.
Being an anti-fan of aspartame, I asked P to bring with him from home some Truvia, thinking I was doing my body a huge favor, buying into the "Stevia" talk all over the package.
After less than a week of adding less than a teaspoon to my cuppa hospital joe, my insulin levels had spiked dangerously high. I can't recall the number now but it was enough for the nurse to gasp loudly, something most nurses refrain from doing when taking such readings.
That day while making his rounds, one of the Neph's and I were chatting and I showed him, (feeling oh so pleased with my self), the Truvia package, which he took one quick look at and with the hairiest of eyeballs, pointed out to me the carb content.
Per 100 grams? 99 were carbohydrates and there, was the smoking insulin-gun.
Here is a pic I took of some at the market yesterday:
Splenda, too (succralose), is another one that's very low calorie but certainly NOT low-carb. at almost 90 carbs per 100grams of product.
To put things in perspective, plain white sugar has 100 carbs per 100 grams.
Like in the case of Truvia, (the one they sell in France anyway), stating that a product is, "made from Stevia" when in fact it contains only trace amounts of it, is more than misleading to healthy customers and downright dangerous to folks with serious medical conditions.
This is why we must always read labels like hawks.