Top 5 Sugar Alternatives for Diabetics

5 Sugar Alternatives

When a person eats, the sugar in the food is broken down to become glucose.  This simple sugar enters into the cells where it is used as fuel for energy.  Insulin secreted by the pancreas helps the process.  In diabetic people, glucose is not properly processed resulting in the increase of blood glucose levels.  When this happens, you are at risk for heart disease, kidney failure and other serious complications.

Closely monitoring the glucose level of a diabetic is a very important task that could spell the difference between life and death.  Certain compromises in one’s lifestyle are very important and could be a significant step in controlling diabetes.  Having a healthier diet, hydrating with water and regular exercise is recommended, together with the necessary treatments can help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up on life’s little pleasures.  Nowadays, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and safely manage your blood sugar level at the same time. Here are top 5 sweeteners you could safely try for your sweet needs, approved by the American Diabetes Association.

  1. Sucralose.  Splenda Brand is one of the more popular sugar replacement used by many today.  What makes it safe is that the body does not recognize it as a carbohydrate or a sugar and is not metabolized. It can also be used for baking and cooking.
  2. Aspartame.  Aspartame is a zero-calorie substance both safe to use for type 1 and 2 diabetics.  This is used by Equal and NutraSweet.  This is not good with cooking, though, as it loses its sweetness when put through heat.
  3. Acesulfame Potassium.  This substance is about 200 times sweeter than sugar.  It is usually used in combination with other sweeteners because of its slightly bitter aftertaste.  It can tolerate heat so it also suitable for cooking and baking.  This is used by Sweet One.
  4. Saccharine. When used carefully and in small amounts, saccharine is considered a safe sweetener for diabetics.  It can be both mixed with hot or cold food.  The brand names using saccharine are Sweet N’ Low and Sugar Twin, among others.
  5. Stevia.  Stevia is favored by many as it is considered all-natural with no chemical ingredients.  More importantly, it has zero calories and glycemic index.  It comes from a South American shrub of the same name and it’s been used for years.  A lot of people like this because it has no pleasant aftertaste.  Commercial sweeteners using stevia include Sooo Sweet and Truvia.

Artificial sweeteners have been proven to be safe and useful for diabetics.  However, every diabetic responds differently to artificial or alternative sweeteners so it is still best to consult your dietician or physician before settling for the sweetener of your choice.

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    2 Responses to “Top 5 Sugar Alternatives for Diabetics”

    1. D. Smith Says:

      Request recipies and diet if possible for diabetics
      Yours sincere
      D. D. Smith

    2. constantin Says:

      Stevia is the best sweet additive in the world, it is antidiabetic, contains no sugar, plus it regulates blood pressure and has many benefical health effects

      NEVER use aspartame, or any other artificial sweed additives
      aspartame is HARMFUL to your health, it has a lot of negative effects on health and is cancerigenous on the long run.

      Stevia is the only benefical and natural of them all cited
      There’s also honey but it is not suited to diabetics, so
      all you diabetics out there – use Stevia powder or leaves,
      I am not diabetic but I use it anyway, because sugar is harmful too in the long run.

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