Posted by: Bambi | 2009-02-11


Hi there Dietdoc

At the gym the other day one of my friends told me that xylitol (which i use) has the same effect as any other sugar on my sugar levels and that i should eliminate it to avoid having spikes in my sugar and energy levels. Is this true?

He also encouraged me cut caffeine out totally. I have one cup of coffee (mornings) and one cup of tea (evenings) a day with fat-free milk and 1 tsp xylitol.

Thanks for all the input you give and its nice to know that you usually respond soooo quickly. We appreciate it.

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Dear Bambi
Thanks so much for your kind words, I really appreciate them. Your friend is obviously not a nutrition expert! According to 'The SA Glycemic Index Guide', xilitol which can be used as a sugar substitute has a low-GI so it won't give you spikes in your sugar or energy levels. Xilitol can cause upset tummies if even in large quantities, but at 1 teaspoon a day this should not be a problem. And the story about caffeine is also not true because at the rate of 2 cups of caffeine-containing beverages, you are not in any danger of overdosing. High intakes of caffeine can have a stimulating effect, but you can certainly have your cup of coffee and cup of tea per day.

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Posted by: Bambi | 2009-02-12

Yeeeeaaaaaahhhhh....Thanks Doc

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