Sugar Substitute

  1. I got the South Beach Diet cookbook, as I'm trying to recommit myself to low glycemic eating. I'm going to try to make my own barbeque sauce and ketchup but it calls for 2 tbs of sugar substitute.

    I'm sure it's somewhere in the book, but I didn't see it right away and jumped straight to the recipes, what is this? Is it good?

    Thanks.
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   Berta
    I think they mean Splenda (SP?), Equal, etc.
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Splenda is what's on the OK list for South Beach and Atkins diets.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Definitely go with the pourable Splenda, not the Equal. The pourable comes in a box that only weighs about 3 ounces but is equivalent to the physical amount of 2 pounds of sugar. You do not want to use the packets for the recipes unless it says to use two or three packets, which some do. They are not interchangeable. It is all that I use now, and have to rely on who ever is coming over to bring it to me since they don't sell it over here.

    Promise that you will love it.
  6. by   Katnip
    Yep, Splenda. I'm starting the South Beach with my hubby. Much for the same reasons you are, Tweety. We could each stand to lose about 10 pounds, too, but my husband went to the doc and his total cholesterol was almost 300. His others were just as bad.

    So he's finally listening to me now.
  7. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    ... 2 tbs of sugar substitute...
    Any and all of them are bad news!!!
  8. by   Tweety
    Quote from LarryG
    Any and all of them are bad news!!!
    ????? Need a little more input Larry. Do you know anything about Splenda? I know the blue and pick packs are bad, but haven't heard about Splenda. Do tell.
  9. by   Tweety
    Quote from cyberkat
    Yep, Splenda. I'm starting the South Beach with my hubby. Much for the same reasons you are, Tweety. We could each stand to lose about 10 pounds, too, but my husband went to the doc and his total cholesterol was almost 300. His others were just as bad.

    So he's finally listening to me now.

    Good luck. If his claims are true then the numbers will get better. I just did a mini Phase One because when I decided to go back on it, or just eat lower glycemic, I had just stocked up on oranges, and other stuff I don't want to waste. I've done the full two-week induction/or Phase one before and it was rough for me, but I think it's a good way to jump start the diet.

    Although I read in an interview he did the other day he's a proponent of prophylactic statins and is on them himself.

    Just be sure to get plenty of fiber, like beans, lots of veggies, some fruit and large whole grains. Good luck. I like this diet because it uses a lot of current up to date knowledge. Let us know how it goes.

    I know my blood pressure is better too.

    edited: There's a handy dandy little book that lists all the foods that are allowed, foods to avoid, and foods you should be limitedly (is that a word?), that's in all the stores now. It a great resource when cleaning out your cabinets and restocking the fridge.
    Last edit by Tweety on Apr 24, '04
  10. by   Tweety
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    Splenda is what's on the OK list for South Beach and Atkins diets.

    Thanks. Sounds like Splenda is what it's going to be then. Thanks.
  11. by   Katnip
    Tweety, thanks for the support. We just went to the bookstore and picked up that guide about good fats, good carbs. Poor hubby is devastated...no spaghetti.

    Unfortunately, I picked up a whole lot of other books as well. Now if I can just find a twelve step program for book addicts, I'll be all set. Or at least more shelf space.
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from cyberkat
    Tweety, thanks for the support. We just went to the bookstore and picked up that guide about good fats, good carbs. Poor hubby is devastated...no spaghetti.

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    Ever heard of spagetti squash? It's a squash that has spagetti-like fibers on the inside. You might be able to use this as a substitute. I don't know the nutrition specifics on how compatible it is with South Beach diet, but when i my ex was doing the Atkins diet, i made this, because he missed spagetti so bad. It's not the same of course, but i think it's really good, and i choose it over regular spagetti anyday just because of the taste.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Spaghetti squash is good . . . .my grandma used to make it. I still do too occasionally.

    steph
  14. by   Tweety
    Quote from cyberkat
    Tweety, thanks for the support. We just went to the bookstore and picked up that guide about good fats, good carbs. Poor hubby is devastated...no spaghetti.

    Unfortunately, I picked up a whole lot of other books as well. Now if I can just find a twelve step program for book addicts, I'll be all set. Or at least more shelf space.

    Nope. No spaghetti in phase I. But the good news is on Phase III, whole grain pastas are allowed. Whole grain spaghetti is releatively mild on the glycemic index. It's an acquired taste though, if one isn't used to it. I've been eating whole grain pastas over a decade and like them just fine.

    I've been meaning to try spaghetti squash though too.

    I know what you mean. I went to Boders to get the cookbook and wound up spending $100.00 on books and CDs. I'm hopeless. Let me know if you find a 12-step program.

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