Diabetic Sugar Substitutes

A spoonful of sugar being added to a cup(BlackDoctor.org) — If you have diabetes and are trying to control your weight and blood sugar levels, you might rely on artificial sweeteners to make foods taste better without adding sugar or carbohydrates to your diet. That’s just fine, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Artificial sweeteners, also known as sugar substitutes, add sweetness without adding calories by being so much sweeter than sugar that only a tiny amount is needed to equal sugar’s taste. The body also does not fully absorb artificial sweeteners, so the few calories they contain do not affect blood sugar levels. These factors make artificial sweeteners ideal for use in a diabetes management plan.

Sweetening The Diabetic Diet

Artificial sweeteners that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include three that are widespread in the marketplace — saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose — as well as two that are used less often.