I was just flipping channels - bad habit. I noticed a Junior's Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse Cake being sold on QVC. Looked pretty yummy so I listened for a minute to hear what they had to say.
The representative from Junior's said they use maltitol sweetener. My brain immediately said "that's a sugar alcohol." That rules that "sugar free" product out.
So, of course, I had to Google maltitol to verify my suspicions. I wasn't being picky about the type of website so please bear with me.
According to About.com, not only is maltitol a sugar-alcohol which immediately spells upset stomach to many people, a diabetic may as well use table sugar! In fact, they say "Maltitol is a carbohydrate. Although our bodies do not absorb all the calories in maltitol, this substance does provide us with 2 to 3 calories per gram, compared to the 4 calories per gram of sugar." So what does that save? Not much.
On top of that ... for those people who use the glycemic index, they say "maltitol syrup has a glycemic index of 52, which approaches that of table sugar at 60. The powdered form has a glycemic index of 36, which is still higher than most other sugar alcohols and all artificial sweeteners."
So ... you still mess up your blood sugar and you're likely to land in the ladies/mens room!
Just thought you'd like to know. Maybe someone should tell "Junior." I think I'd stick to his regular cheesecakes. If you like Italian, NY style cheesecake, I hear they are awesome. At $30-40 a piece I would hope so. My mother's, on the other hand ... comes ready to eat, unfrozen and much less expensive!
Doris J. Dickson