5 Popular Sugar Substitutes for Bariatic Diet

5 Popular Sugar Substitutes for Bariatic Diet

Sugar is something that we take for granted in most of our diets. Sucrose, as sugar is often referred to, is “table sugar” or sugar that occurs naturally in nature. You will find sucrose naturally in fruits and it is often used as an additive to food and drinks to make them sweeter. The downside to consuming sucrose on a daily basis is both tooth decay and weight gain. When an individual is health-conscious, they tend to turn to healthier options for their sugar intake. For example, they start making healthy soda without sweeteners at home using soda makers instead of buying canned soda. Each of the alternatives to natural sugar have their pros and cons, just as sugar does. It’s all about being able to pick and choose which option has the better benefits for an individual’s health goals.


Aspartame goes by many names, depending on the brand. You will commonly find aspartame in store bought yogurts, drinks, cough drops, and gum in stores. It is often used in replacement of sugar for those products which state that they are sugar free. Aspartame is likely one of the most studied artificial sweeteners on the market today. This is due to the many myths that surround the ingredient, such as fear that the ingredient potentially causes many different conditions, such as obesity or cancer. Due to these concerns, scientists have conducted intensive studies to figure out if there was any weight to these claims. As far as what these studies have been able to conclude, there does not appear to be any hard evidence to support these fearful claims.


Honey is a natural and healthy ingredient that can be used in replacement of sugar in most anything someone would ordinarily add sugar to. This delicious sugar substitute is not too strong for most of those who consume it and it can easily be adjusted to a person’s preference of taste. There are trace amounts of needed vitamins and minerals in honey, which may improve a person’s health in some ways. Honey has been linked to improvements in everything from healthier hair and skin to improved cholesterol levels. It is believed to be much healthier for those who have diabetes than consuming sugar. Speculation surrounding honey and the antioxidants that it naturally holds has linked it to even lowering blood pressure levels. It is a full-calorie sweetener, so it is quite rich in calorie amount per ounce.

Agave Nectar

Agave Nectar is similar to using honey as a substitute for sugar. The consistency and even the taste of agave nectar is similar to the taste and texture of honey. Agave nectar is commonly used in cereals, teas, and yogurts as a substitute for sugar. That being said, it is also often used on breakfast based foods like oatmeal and even pancakes, scones, and waffles. The only downside to agave nectar, versus using real honey as a sugar substitute, is the fact that agave nectar does not have as many antioxidants as honey tends to possess. Despite this, they both have roughly the same amount of calories per ounce. Agave nectar is very sweet. Those who use it state that it is actually sweeter than sugar, so you don’t have to use very much of it to get to a desirable level of sweetness.

Corn Syrup

High-fructose corn syrup is used as a sugar substitute in many processed and packaged foods that would ordinarily contain sugar in the United States. Due to the naturally self preserving quality of high-fructose corn syrup, it makes this sugar substitute valuable in terms of prolonging the shelf life of products sold in stores. It is cheaper than the aforementioned sucrose. Instead of including real sugar, most sodas, cereals, and yogurts produced in the US contain high-fructose corn syrup. The pros may be obvious for marketers and mass distributing companies for foods that can stay alive longer on the shelves, but what about the home cook who might be interested in it as a sugar substitute? There does not seem to be many health benefits in consuming high-fructose corn syrup, compared to the health benefits of agave nectar or honey when they are used as a sugar substitute. For this reason, most home cooks do not choose to use high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener, since there are healthier alternatives on the market.

Post Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Diet Plans

Doctors and nutritionists may vary in terms of what kind of diet plan to follow AFTER your weight loss surgery procedure, but most have the same basic idea.

Follow your particular instructions of course, but here are some plans from other Bariatric Surgeons and nutritionists when you find yourself needing a reminder or re-start.

From Highland Hospital, download-able plans:

Diet #1 (Discharge Diet): Liquid Meal Plan
Diet #2: Pureed Meal Plan.
Diet #3: Soft Meal Plan.
Diet #4: Lifestyle Meal Plan (Face Sheet).
Fruit: Lifestyle Meal Plan (Fruit).
Protein: Lifestyle Meal Plan (Protein).
Starch: Lifestyle Meal Plan (Starch).
Fats: Lifestyle Meal Plan (Fats).

From Brigham + Women’s Hospital, Boston:

Preoperative Diet: For Patients Who Do NOT Have Diabetes
Preoperative Diet: For Diabetics
Postoperative Diet: Gastric Bypass
Postoperative Diet: Lap Band

Bariatric Eating – SML – Susan Maria Leach – SCAM?

I am in college studying for a degree in Marketing with the very-distracted-and-backwards method. My husband is earning his Bachelor’s in Business Management and Finance. Yes, we’re adults, and yes we are a little late.

I think that we are getting more of an education by watching businesses screw customers online.

One of my earlier classes taught me about fraud. And trickery. And a little about schemes and scams!

Some customers are receiving notices that their paid orders have been officially canceled — with or without asking for them to be canceled. I also got word that regardless of my order, I would likely “never get it anyway” so to watch for a refund on my American Express. The refund was processed on 4/26/2012, supposedly.

It has not hit, nor did I ask for a refund. I was waiting out the allotted dispute time to simply dispute had I NOT received the products. It wasn’t about my $100.00, $47 of which was EXPRESS SHIPPING from two weeks ago.

Now they are to sit and wait on the funds to be returned. Given that the orders took so long to process, and did not, how long should customers expect to wait before receiving their money back?

However, all means of “contact us (errr, you!)” fail the customer.

If Macy’s failed to respond to ME in the typical fashions –

Customer service, in person – YOUR STORE IS CLOSED. (Macy’s is open.)
Customer service, via telephone – THERE IS NO RESPONSE TO ANY PHONE LINE (Macy’s has 1-800 numbers.)
Customer service via email – THERE IS NO OR VERY DELAYED RESPONSE (Macy’s would likely not need to go that far, but might follow up this way.)
I would go straight to the top of the food chain.

That is, the highest I could get to GET A RESPONSE. If it were Macy’s? And Macy’s failed to respond to all normal communication methods?

I would go straight to social media. This method of 2012 crowd source communication works. The power of a group of consumers is sometimes the only way to get things done.

You pay for a product or service,

The business fails to provide the product or service.

You complain through appropriate measures, and then you take it upstream.


This is the ONE AND ONLY way that we have recieved ANY RESPONSE — via Facebook — from an employee of Bariatric Eating.com

This same employee has asked me to direct all comments,, questions or angry rants I recieve — straight to her overflowing in box. I actually feel bad doing so at this point, as I cannot imagine the level of angry some customers might have.

So, Susan, you mean to say that you’ve been taking customer’s money (including mine) for months on end, and not shipping countless paid orders since at least January 2012, not fulfilling auto-ships, but you had the cash to front New Product Lines, close your store and move?

Questions –

Where is my order from TWO WEEKS AGO of IN STOCK PRODUCT? (I have received several boxes of products from various US locations SINCE my order from your company.)
Where are everyones orders?
Where are the refunds?
Since the refunds are not immediately processed, where is the money?
Why is the store closed?
Why is your website broken, apparently also hacked (check your source code) yet the “order” URL functions perfectly? (Nevermind. I figured it out.)
Why do you have a NEW WEBSITE that is half-functioning, but self-branded?
Does this have anything to do with your book slated for release later this year?
Why are you still offering product that is NOT in stock?
Why are you posting on social media and not responding to customer complaints and questions?
Why can’t you be reached via phone, email or said social media?
Amazingly after this post was up a few hours — some “answers” trickled in on the Facebook Page –

“BariatricEating.com The company had been running for 8 years on a platform that was not built to handle the volumes of people and data. We had to go in and have everything rebuilt rather than repaired. We are in between platforms right now because not everything goes smoothly no matter how simple they tell you it will be. So our old site is gone and the new one is still beta but usable. Here is the link”
BariatricEating.com We are not happy about it either. We repackaged and recreated all of our lines and have not yet reintroduced them. We will announce dates soon along with even more flavors and choices.
32 minutes ago
Update – My order was wholly CANCELED last night after this post went live. I did not ask for the order to be canceled.

Bariatric Eating Out Of Business – She poses the question with the keywords.

To the countless individuals who have searched this term and variations thereof over the last few weeks, I will say this:

Assume so.

I have two outstanding orders with this company that I have yet to get filled. One is eighty days out, one is around sixty days out.

No tracking numbers, both with FedEx Express shipping ADDED to the costs of the product. People have been asking me, did I think my orders have been purposely ignored because I am the #2 weight loss surgery blogger in the United States?

No. I ordered both times with someone else’s name, and clearly, my mother and my mother in law were also, screwed. Sorry, ladies!

I have learned my lesson.

PS. Susan Maria Leach, This is not about having “blog haters,” it is about your failure. Suck it up and fix it.

Unjury Chicken Soup Protein With A Little Less Moaning

Ingredients: Whey protein isolate, hydrolyzed soybean/corn protein, salt, hydrolyzed corn gluten, soy lecithin, yeast extract, onion powder, garlic powder, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, spice and coloring (contains tumeric), modified cornstarch, spices and herbs, natural flavors.

* For all UNJURY flavors, do not use in liquids hotter than 130º F. Proteins, when heated, change texture. For example, you have seen an egg white go from a clear gel, to firm white, when cooked. For UNJURY, in a hot liquid, the proteins tend to clump. A food thermometer is a good way to get the temperature nicely warm…just right.

Product – Unjury Chicken Soup Protein
Price – $18.95
Via – Unjury
Pros – Feeling like I’m getting some, uhh, MSG without the MSG! 21 grams of protein. No LUMPS!? 90 calories!
Cons – Smells like, vanilla?
Rating – Pouchworthy, MM