Collette75

Q:

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?

Amy Campbell

A:

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.

June 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

17 replies

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 13:26:53 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 13:26:46 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 12:50:32 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-07-28 12:50:29 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-07-28 12:50:25 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-07-28 12:50:24 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

Anonymous
Anonymous 2015-07-28 12:50:20 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 12:50:17 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 12:50:03 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 12:49:49 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 12:49:48 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 12:49:32 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 12:49:23 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

sonnywoo
sonnywoo 2015-07-28 12:49:08 -0500 Report

i was taking 2000 mg of metformin,and I started taking a natural vitimin,and my
a 1c is 5.03 and now I only take 500mg of metformin,I was wondering if I could ever stop taking the metformin? thanks

KDinMD2
KDinMD2 2015-02-09 18:53:57 -0600 Report

Check with your medical insurance people they should be able to point you to someone. Keep coming back here and reading. Also there is diabetic community here that you can join so you don't feel alone.

sassy55
sassy55 2014-09-17 12:12:43 -0500 Report

Hi, I am new to type 2 diabetes. I have changed my eating habits 1 1/2 yr ago. I changed because I wanted to lose 40lbs. I don't eat whites, sodas, fried food. nor sugar. I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and was diagnosed with diabetes. I don't have an appetiate for anything at all. I force myself to eat. I have an appt. with a Diabetic Nutritionist on 10/8/2014. I was referred to the Joslin Diabetes Center but my insurance does not cover that. I am overwhelmed and honestly getting down. Please help me to find things that will help me.