With Halloween coming up and Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, the temptations of sweets and treats are everywhere. So, I thought it would be a good time to share my experience, or rather inexperience, with sugar alcohol.
It was my first Christmas since being diagnosed with diabetes, and unfortunately, I do have a bit of a sweet tooth. My strong will was diminishing quickly as the smell of fresh baked pies wafted through the office, commercials of hot cocoa shown on the screen, and sweet candies were given to me as Christmas treats. Everywhere I looked, sugary treats were there.
To crave my sweet tooth I decided to find a sugar free treat. “This is perfect,” I thought. I could have a little treat without having my blood sugar sky rocket. I also remember my nutritionist saying something about being able to subtract the sugar alcohols from my carb count for my insulin.
For example, if I wanted a sugar free candy, and the carbs for one treat were 15 grams, but the sugar alcohol count was 12 grams, I would just subtract the two and have a carb count of only 3 grams.
I was on cloud nine. I thought I had beaten the system. I could truly have my cake and eat it too.
However, something peculiar started to happen after my evening treat before bed. My blood sugar kept getting increasingly higher at night. I couldn’t explain this phenomenon. Why was it so high? I was inserting the carbs correctly on my sweet treats wasn’t I?