September 17, 2004

Sugar Free Candy

POST #    1271

Is sugar free candy still candy? I mean, when I hear candy, I think sugary and delicious. While there are plenty of tasty sugar subsititutes, it's surely not the same. Main reason - I actually want the sugar. I might be a candidate for onset diabetes, but I love me some sugar (I used to eat sugar from the packet as a kid). Maybe they can start making some good candy with Splenda.

And with sugar free candy, you just don't get the same sugar rush that you do with sugar laced candy. Actually, maybe you do. I have no idea. Maybe your mind just needs to recognize the sweetness and the high will kick in. I think I need to experiment on people. Any volunteers? Not sure how I would measure your "rush" since I don't have any scientific instruments, but I think that could be interesting. Of course, it's possible that someone already did this study. If not, feel free to go ahead. Just give me some credit somewhere. Thanks.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 7:25 AM



Hmm. Interesting questions. The only thing sugar free that I generally like is soda. I mean, as long as you're not eating four bags of Sugar Daddies in one sitting, what's wrong with a little sugar? Sure, if you are diabetic or watching your weight, sugar laden candy is probably not a good idea, but still...I feel like sugr free candy is like fat free cookies or decaf coffee-- why bother?

Of couse, this may be the result of me being forced to eat sugar-free candy as a child. We all rebell at some point.

Posted by: corie at September 17, 2004 8:29 AM

I think sugar free candy has come a long way lately due to the increased popularity of low carb diets. There are actually candies made with Splenda, which are actually preferrable to the ones w/sugar alcohols that can mess with your stomach if you eat too much of it.

I think the biggest downside of sugar free candies though is it just can't match regular candy in terms of consistency and feel in your mouth that real sugar gives. Jelly Belly makes some good sugar free jelly beans, btw.

Oh and Tien, there's no sugar rush from artificial sweeteners, since there's no simple carbohydrate to flood your bloodstream. Some people however do produce insulin in response to sweet tastes, in effect giving them the sugar "down" feeling without ever having the boost.

Posted by: FlatGreg at September 17, 2004 10:54 AM

I would think that the level of your sugar rush would depend on whether or not you've eaten something else... soda on an empty stomach can affect you different than soda with a meal.

Posted by: Jen at September 17, 2004 2:55 PM

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