Sugar Free Sunday & Maltitol
Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!
Recently I found myself in a chocolate store near a medical facility. I normally steer clear of these types of shops to avoid any sort of temptation. But this time I ventured in because I wanted to buy some chocolate for a chocolate lover who definitely could use some chocolate.
The lady behind the counter was a sweetheart. She saw me walk in and immediately told me about how wonderful the chocolates were and that they were made locally. I was already drooling and wanted to get some for myself too. On a whim I asked her if there were any sugar free options. There was a whole case of locally made chocolates that were sugar free! She told me that it was sweetened with Maltitol. I even found some Jelly Bellys that were sweetened with Maltitol.
Ingredients: Maltitol, Maltitol Syrup, Polydextrose, Modified Food Starch, Contains 2% or less of the following: Sucralose, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Color Added, Red 40, Yellow 5&6, Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 5&6 Lake, Blue 1, Tapioca Dextrin, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt.
Maltitol is a sugar substitute that is often used to sweeten candy and treats for people who are diabetics. It has about 75 to 90% of the sweetness of regular table sugar, has fewer calories, does not promote tooth decay, and has a somewhat lesser effect on blood glucose.
Sounds like great news right? Well – as always you must read the fine print.
The product comes with a warning:
WARNING: Consumption may cause stomach discomfort and/or a laxative effect. Individual tolerance will vary;
Sugar alcohols can ferment in the intestines and cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea. I now have personal experience confirming that this indeed is true. I felt pretty much fine after the first small piece of chocolate. But the second was one piece too much for me. lol. Too much information right? Anyhow, given that I have a tendency to suffer from intestinal problems – I’ve decided to not include Maltitol in my diet.
What are your thoughts on Maltitol?
How do you participate in the virtual potluck?
- Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
- Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
- Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
- Your link doesn’t have to be to a sweet dish! We love to see your sugar free appetizers, entrees, soups, snacks — well — you get the idea!
- Please don’t link to carnivals or giveaways. This is a party; bring a dish to share!
- In the ‘Name’ field, please enter who you are and what you’re linking. For example Sonia would put: Bean Kale Pasta Soup [Sonia @ Flip Cookbook]
- It’s not a party if no one chats! Please join the conversation by leaving a message in the comments section below. Also make sure you have the ‘Notify Me’ checkbox selected so that you can listen as well!
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We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!
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