1953Mercury

Q:

Is the "natural sweetener," Whey Low, manufactured by VivaLac Inc. a sweetener that is safe for a diabetic? It says it is 100% natural and has 75% fewer calories and one effective carbohydrate per teaspoon. In our area it is used for baking, canning and everything that regular sugar can be used for. I wondered what your thoughts are on this product?

Amy Campbell

A:

Whey Low is a new sweetener that is made up of fructose (fruit sugar), sucrose (table sugar) and lactose (milk sugar). These sugars contains calories and carbohydrate, but the company apparently blends them in such a way that they aren’t completely absorbed in the digestive tract. This means that Whey Low contains fewer calories than sugar. One teaspoon of Whey Low has 4 calories, while a teaspoon of table sugar contains 16 calories. So, to answer your question, this sweetener is safe to use, but because it’s relatively new to the market and not much information or research has been published yet, my advice is to try it if you want, but be sure and check your blood glucose levels about two hours after consuming it to learn how it affects your blood glucose.

July 25, 2013 at 6:03 am