As somebody with diabetes, you already that avoiding sugar is important for you keep healthy. While a very small amount of sugar may be ok to keep in your diet, most of the time you’ll need to look for alternatives for certain recipes. Having diabetes is no longer a barrier to enjoying your favorite meals, thanks to these sugar substitutes.
Splenda is a brand name for sucralose, an artificial or non – nutritive sweetener. It’s often recommended for people with diabetes, especially those with Type 2 diabetes in particular. It’s 600 times sweeter than real sugar, but it won’t have any effect on your blood sugar. It also passes through the body with minimal absorption, which is a plus.
This is also known as Sweet ‘n’ Low, those little pink packets you’ll see in almost any diner. It’s a calorie free sweetener and is thought to be about 300 to 500 times sweeter than sugar. Although it’s often recommended to those with diabetes, it’s worth knowing that it can lead to weight gain. This is because when the body eats a sweet food, it expects the calories to go with it. When it doesn’t get them, it goes looking for them elsewhere. It can lead to over eating and therefore weight gain, so enjoy this sugar substitute in moderation.
This sweetener is also well known under another name, either Nutrasweet or Equal. It’s another non – nutritive sweetener, and this one is less sweet at about 200 times the sweetness of sugar. Those trying to lose weight should note that Aspartame isn’t completely free of calories. However, it still is very low in calories so it’s still a good choice if you’re looking to lose weight too.
Stevia is the newest sweetener around, and probably the most natural. It’s derived from the leaf of the stevia plant, which is found in Central and South America. It’s calorie free, so perfect if you’re looking to watch your weight. It’s also FDA approved, and found to have almost no effect on blood sugar. If you want to use a natural product, Stevia is the way to go.
These are also known as Polypols, and are also a naturally sourced sweetener. They come from the natural fibers in fruits and vegetables. Before you start using them, it’s worth knowing that they do include some carbohydrates, and will have some effect on your blood sugar levels. However, they are lower in calories than other sweeteners and more blood sugar friendly, so they are still worth giving a go. Sugar alcohols include sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol.
If you’re looking to use sugar substitutes, it’s worth keeping an eye on your blood sugar levels as you use them. That way, you can see what kind of effect they have on you, and which types agree with you more. Now, you can enjoy all the sweet foods you always liked, with only small changes to the recipe.