How Much Sugar?


  • 26 Sep 2018 6:01 AM
    Message # 6693391


    I’d like to try coffee to counteract the tiredness I get from medication. But I don’t like the taste, so I’d like to sweeten it. Can I put dextrose or glucose syrup in coffee instead of normal sugar?

  • 04 Oct 2018 7:29 AM
    Reply # 6706815 on 6693391
  • 05 Oct 2018 12:53 AM
    Reply # 6708237 on 6693391
    Hi Hannah,

    Sorry you've had no answers as yet!  

    Unfortunately glucose syrup, dextrose and the like should still be considered treats, not for consumption every day.  And while you are in the early (withdrawal) stages of quitting sugar they are best avoided completely.  Also, using coffee in this way isn't ideal, and you probably need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist.  It might be worth making sure that you are drinking plenty of water every day, and then looking for a coffee with a smoother/milder flavour as they aren't all the same. It should help to have white not black coffee, with whole milk ie full fat.

    Good luck, Sandra

  • 05 Oct 2018 2:44 AM
    Reply # 6708340 on 6693391
    Anonymous wrote:

    Hi I’d like to try coffee to counteract the tiredness I get from medication. But I don’t like the taste, so I’d like to sweeten it. Can I put dextrose or glucose syrup in coffee instead of normal sugar

    Briefly - yes. Generally speaking you can use glucose (aka dextrose) for sweetening which is harmless - it's the universal fuel for most living things.  Use twice the quantity you would take of sugar. Be careful not to buy "brewers' dextrose" as it has other stuff added. Most of David's recipes for sweet tasting food use glucose in place of sugar.

    I don't disagree with anything Hannah said, but I do understand your predicament. While it is true for most people that the desire for sweet tasting stuff diminishes or fades away altogether, I have found that I still prefer coffee with a sweet-ish taste. I used Sucralose ("Splenda") until I found that it was harmful. Now I use "Natvia" which is based on stevia, a vegetable based substance.  I THINK it is harmless.  The tablets are slow to dissolve but the granular form dissolves quickly. Do a bit of Google research. 

    If you are taking more than the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar in your coffee then the system may not be working for you. The two things which matter most are that your appetite-control system is working; you feel full at the end of every meal. And your weight is under control - it shouldn't vary by more than about 1/2 a kg and should not keep going up. Hope this helps.

    Last modified: 05 Oct 2018 2:45 AM | Anonymous member
  • 06 Oct 2018 1:48 AM
    Reply # 6709726 on 6693391

    Hi . 

    Thanks for the advice. If coffee shouldn’t be used that way, then I won’t try it. I don’t want to make my health worse in any way. I’ll talk to my doctor about other ways to increase my energy.

    I have been off sugar (fructose) for about 3-4 months now. It’s going well. I’ve lost some weight and haven’t gained any. My anxiety is better. I still want sugary stuff though, so I’m not sure if I’m still likely to be going through withdrawal at this stage? I am strict and don’t eat sugary food even when I want it. I do feel full after meals but I feel hungry again fairly quickly though I try to ignore it. I’ll talk to my GP about that too.

    I have probably been eating too much of the dextrose recipes from David’s book. Just sometimes I want cake for snacks instead of crisps and sugar free chocolate (which uses stevia). I know the books says eventually I should be able to go without snacks and supper after dinner - I won’t feel hungry for them anymore - but I haven’t reached that stage yet it seems -  i still get real hungry for morning tea, afternoon tea and supper. I was only planning to eat the sugar free chocolate until I reach that less-hungry stage but no luck yet. 

    The dextrose i use comes in a clear packet with orange and brown labelling saying “Dextrose.  Brigalow Natural Products. 100% Dextrose Monohydrate.” Is that dextrose ok or is it the brewing kind? My photo of it wouldn’t load sorry. 

  • 06 Oct 2018 8:01 AM
    Reply # 6709921 on 6709726
    Anonymous wrote:

    Hi . 

    Brewers' dextrose is clearly labelled as such.

    If your appetite-control system is working and your weight is under control - but you still crave sweet stuff then there must be something wrong physically &/or emotionally. Talking to your GP is a good starting point and (s)he may recommend a counsellor if the main problem is emotional.

    Otherwise, you might try what cold-turkey ex-smokers do - get rid of all forms of temptation in the house and whenever the urge comes upon you, DISTRACT yourself. Go for a walk., ring a friend, take a bath, watch a movie, read a book  . .  use your imagination! I suspect that, like nicotine withdrawal, the craving only lasts a short time, which is why distraction works. Above all, don't give up! 

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