Sugar Substitutes for Diabetes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-06-08 19:53:34 -0500
Started 2012-05-29 18:06:54 -0500

Are you looking to satisfy your sweet tooth while still watching your diet? There are many sugar substitutes to choose from, but some choices are better than others for managing diabetes.

By: Everyday Health

If you think that people with diabetes should always avoid sugar, think again — they can enjoy the sweet stuff, in moderation. "The best bet is to use a very minimal amount of real sugar as part of a balanced diabetic diet," says Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, of Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City. That being said, sugar substitutes offer sweetness while controlling carbohydrate intake and blood glucose. There are many sugar substitutes to choose from, but they’re not all calorie-free and they vary in terms of their impact on blood sugar. "The major difference between the sugar substitutes is whether they are nutritive or non-nutritive sweeteners," says Melissa Mullins, MS, RD, a certified diabetes educator with Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va. "Non-nutritive sweeteners provide no calories and no changes in blood glucose levels, which is perfect for people with diabetes.” Here are six sweet options to consider.

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6 replies

10Bobnote 2012-05-31 09:26:31 -0500 Report

I usually add one teaspoon, or one sugarcube to my "Builder's Tea" (A Brit tradition..Splash of milk and lots of sugar for most people.)
Since I chug the stuff from a 20 ounce mug and rarely eat breakfast, it seems to balance out.

Controlled 2012-05-29 19:47:46 -0500 Report

I "don't agree" a lot more than you. It will be interesting to read what others say. It is disconcerting that this information still abounds when some of the choices clearly aren't good ones.

suziesgirl 2012-06-08 19:52:29 -0500 Report

I also agree to disagree, Splenda? Nutrasweet, Equal, Sweet and Low, No way. But to each his own. I choose the natural, not chemical, like Tupelo honey, Sweet leaf Stevia, coconut surgar and 100% pure maple syryp for cooking mostly. I really have a hard spot with chemicals, they may not spike blood sugar, but people need to be aware off the damages they do to other organs, like the brain. Surely everyone has a freedom of choice and opinion.

GabbyPA 2012-05-30 08:14:28 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, the three letter agencies have a huge pull in our food resources. Reading and research will help people get by. This is one of the first ones that actually acknowledges that there are pit falls to many of them. I was surprised. It doesn't go far enough, but I think people are tired of hearing me bash the artificial sweeteners.

suziesgirl 2012-06-08 19:53:34 -0500 Report

Not me, I'm right there with ya. Junk, Junk, Junk there are much better alternatives to these chemicals.

GabbyPA 2012-05-29 18:07:47 -0500 Report

I don't agree 100% with this article, but it at least gives you some good information on the different sweeteners that are out there and what some of your options are.