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Can Someone Explain The Difference Between Sugars To Me?

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:27 AM

I don't understand the difference between all the types of sugars and sweetners. Can someone explain please. I am allergic to aspartame and also want the BEST for my body. So confusing.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:40 AM

Sugars are simple carbohydrates that occur naturally and can be obtained from a variety of sources. The names end in ose. Common table sugar is sucrose.

Other common sugars include glucose, dextrose, lactose, maltose, fructose. All are gluten-free.

Some people, including some people with celiac disease, are intolerant to lactose and/or fructose. Lactose intolerance is associated with celiac disease, because the enzyme needed to digest it--lactase--is produced in the villi.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:23 AM

Thank you for the reply. Now to find the best one for me.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:44 AM

Thank you for the reply. Now to find the best one for me.

Also many people with celiac disease damage have 'leaky gut' syndrome. People with 'leaky gut' often get painful reactions from alcohol based sweetners, like sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, maltitol, etc.

Table sugar can come from sugar cane or sugar beets. Many people have cane sugar allergies, which can be diagnosed by ELISA (IgE, IgA and/or IgG mediated allergy) blood tests. Those with cane sugar allergies can often tolerate beet sugar and many other sweetners, including maple syrup, honey, agave and stevia.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:48 AM

My personal preference is a blend of stevia and erythritol, I choose both because they have no impact on blood sugar which is important to me as someone with diabetes. Stevia comes from a plant, an herb I believe. Eythritol is a sugar alcohol. There are other sugar alcohols but they can cause GI irritation. Erythritol doesn't. There are several commecrial blends of the stevia and eythritol. One is Truvia. Truvia doesn't contain real sugar. Purvia is another. The packets contain dextrose which is sugar. That is a problem for me so I choose Truvia.
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:29 PM

i tend to use both Splenda & Truvia. and when i bake- i use real sugar and maybe some maple syrup.

technically (for me)- Truvia and SMALL amounts of maple syrup are the only things that dont have ANY effect on me. but i cant quite get my coffee or tea sweet enough with just Truvia.. so, baby steps.
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