How do I eat sugar free, or even cook sugar free when I cannot use aspartame products? Sucralose makes me ill also. I am type2 and was diagnosed 2 yrs after I stopped using sugar free products, does that have anything to do with it?
You don’t need to eat “sugar-free” when you have diabetes. What’s most important is that you control your carbohydrate intake (sugar is a type of carbohydrate, as is starch). Using a little bit of sugar (like 1 teaspoon in your coffee, for example) is okay. A dietitian can help you determine how much carbohydrate is best for you to consume at your meals. Some people prefer to eat a smaller amount of a “regular,”sugar-sweetened product, such as a small dish of ice cream, instead of eating sugar-free products (which also contain carbohydrate). Baked goods require some sugar for the product to come out properly, but, usually, one can reduce the sugar content of a recipe by 1/3 to ½ without affecting the taste. Also, keep in mind that there are other sweeteners available, too, such as the stevia-based sweeteners (e.g., PureVia, Truvia) and monk fruit extract (e.g., Nectresse). There are options for you, but because it can seem confusing, I’d suggest that you ask your provider for a referral to a dietitian to discuss it further.