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Sugar Free Gum Insulin Spikes?


#1

I chew a lot of sugar free gum. I always thought since it was low in calories it really did not affect anything. Recently, I have been hearing a lot about how sugar free stuff (chewing gum, diet coke, etc.) does effect your insulin levels which can cause weight gain. Just curious on what some of you think about this.....


#2

You'll hear some preach yes and some no. I've read enough to believe it does somewhat so I'm not having any during my contest prep at the moment.

Plus aspartame does worse than spike insulin IMO.

Try Dentyne Fire, the only gum I can find without sugar or aspartame/splenda, it has a little bit of sugar alcohols though.


#3

You said it does much worse than spike your insulin level ~ like what?


#4

do a google search on aspartame + dangers


#5

I've always wondered about this-- can you link me to some sources? I'm NOT saying you're wrong, just that I want to read what you've been reading.


#6

I did, and I read some absolutely brilliant statements. Actually, that should read "ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT STATEMENTS!!!" because apparently you aren't allowed to talk about apartame on the internet with using exclamation points.

"Overweight Risk Soars 41% With Each Daily Can of Diet Soft Drink!!"

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/1998/aspartame-0916.html

http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,19130,00.html

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Headlines-Aspartame.asp

http://web.archive.org/web/20040205093914/http://www.healthcentral.com/DrDean/DeanFullTextTopics.cfm?ID=8134

http://www.acsh.org/healthissues/newsID.265/healthissue_detail.asp

http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp


#7

Well there's always info out there that will say two different things. I searched just "Aspartame" and came up with this site that basically said the complete opposite of the "Aspartame + Dangers" serach. Read the dangers and you'll be freaked out and than read the sites that show that the there is no apparent dangers and pop open a diet Dew.

http://www.aspartame.net/


#8

Aside from the potential health effects of aspartame use, is there any credible information that artificial sweeteners such as splenda cause an appreciable insulin response in the body?

Splenda has become a cornerstone of weight-control programs and helps many people eliminate refined sugar from their diets...while I'm no shill for sucralose, would the authors who write the well-researched articles here on the Nation support the use of Splenda if it indeed caused an insulin response? I highly doubt it, but I'm willing to be convinced otherwise if someone has sources.


#9

A quick Pubmed search indicates that sucralose is safe:

Mezitis NH, et al., Glycemic effect of a single high oral dose of the novel sweetener sucralose in patients with diabetes, Diabetes Care. 1996 Sep;19(9):1004-5.

Grotz VL, et al., Lack of effect of sucralose on glucose homeostasis in subjects with type 2 diabetes, J Am Diet Assoc. 2003 Dec;103(12):1607-12.

Sucralose is the only artificial sweetener I could see possibly stimulating an insulin response, since it's structurally similiar to actual sugar. The only websites I see stating that it's harmful seem to be run by the same kooks who run the ridiculous anti-aspartame sites, though.


#10

The chewing of the gum will burn a TON more c'cals then the 10 or so you are taking in your sweating the minutia chew it if you like it.

As for the dangers it goes both ways hell the air we breath is killing us choose your poisons wisely LOL

Sugar alcohols spiking insulin I say yes in enough amounts but not a piece of gum and not aspartem etc. Those so called sugar free low impact chocolates etc spike the hell out of it though. When my mom was in the hospital she had just one of those lil buggers a few mins prior to a blood sugar test and the numbers were through the roof.

Hope that helps,
Phill


#11

Diabetics have repeatedly reported that they see no fluctuation in insulin levels with the use of splenda or aspartame. As although it is similar to sugar, splenda is not very soluble in water so it's hard for it to hit your blood stream to trigger high blood GLUCOSE levels(its not like splenda dimer is broken anyway).

Aspartame however, is a dipeptide methyl ester.

In ester in aspartame is hydrolyzed and methanol is released(bad) because it is oxidized to formaldehyde(can make you go blind and is anti-sceptic(kills just about everything), and can further easily oxidize to formic acid, which is one of the most potent organic acids. Anyway the amount of aspartame used to sweeten most drinks is very small so the actual amount of methanol consumed is quite small, even smaller than say, a tomatoe. And some say in small quantities it may serve beneficial function.

keep in mind that aspartame is a protein that can be digested, that means that it actually does provide 4kcal/gram, but you use sooooo little of it as it multitude times sweeter than sucrose that is essentially meaningless calories.


#12

Sucralose is calorie free and isn't digested by the body. I find it difficult to imagine that something that merely TASTES sweet but has no nutritional value would do ANYTHING for insulin levels. The studies linking diet soda to weight gain are generally because people substitute more food since they have "saved" it using diet sodas.