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Q:

what is diabetisweet and where can I get it?

Amy Campbell

A:

DiabetiSweet is a sugar substitute intended for baking and cooking. This nonnutritive sweetener is made with acesulfame-K and isomalt, a sugar alcohol made from beets. Sugar alcohols have about half the calories and carbohydrate as regular sugar. DiabetiSweet does not contain aspartame or sucralose, which are other types of nonnutritive sweeteners. One teaspoon of DiabetiSweet contains 9 calories (the brown “sugar” version contains 10 calories per teaspoon) and 4 grams of carbohydrate. Interestingly, one teaspoon of sugar contains 4 grams of carbohydrate, too, but because DiabetiSweet is made with isomalt, only about half of the carbohydrate, or 2 grams, is digested and therefore, could affect blood glucose levels. However, using one to two teaspoons of this sweetener is unlikely to impact your blood glucose to any great extent and it’s considered to be a “free food,” meaning that you don’t have to count it in your eating plan. Keep in mind, however, that if you bake something with DiabetiSweet, such as brownies, for example, there will likely be other sources of carbohydrate in that product that you DO have to count in your eating plan.

June 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm