4 sugar substitutes for diabetic people
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In the spirit of the World Diabetes Day (14 nov) we bring you an article about the 4 safest substitutes to use when trying to replace sugar on your diet.
Having diabetes means to deprive yourself of certain foods and find out a good balance for eating. But if you have a sweet tooth, we don’t have to remove “sweets” from our diet. Now a days there are many sugar substitutes and we want to share with you the 4 most effective and safe to use in your meals:
1. Sucralose: This sweetener is 600 times sweeter than sugar. Human and oral bacteria don’t metabolize it, so it does not affect blood glucose. The most common brand is Splenda.
2. Stevia: Its sweetening power is 35 to 40 times higher than normal sugar. This sugar substitute has been approved by WHO and is now widely used in all kinds of beverages, candy and pastries.
3. Acesulfame-K: This sweetener is 200 times more potent than sugar and more than 90 studies have been conducted around him to prove that is not harmful to health and it has had good scores in all of them.
4. Neotame: This sweetener has recently been approved and is 8000 times more powerful than regular sugar. It is related to aspartame, which has not proven to be good for health, but doctors say that neotame does not contain the harmful ingredients that make aspartame bad for health.
Always remember that if you have any doubt consult your GP. While these sweeteners can replace sugar, not all bodies are alike and you may need a lower dose of one of them.
Have you already used one? What are your experiences?
Hello I have used the Splenda product which had Stevia on the label. It did not go well in hot tea, it sort of went foamy/bubbly on the top of the drink. The drink had a funny texture and there was left a tannin film on the inside of the mug. I normally use the Canderel tablets in my drinks, they dissolve completely and my tea tastes ok.
The third on your list is included in many products and I am fine with that, The forth on your list is a new name to me, although I have heard of aspartame, and have seen it in many products for many years. The choice to go as much 'sugar free' is a personal one, and I cannot drink tea without my canderel single tablet in it.
Maybe the manufacturers will swop the aspartame to Neotame which seem to be the less 'harmful' of the two.
TTFN from Karen.
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Does it help in the control of foot neuropathy, or any advice would be greatfully recieved. Richard
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Hi, I've been using Splenda for 4-5 years now, I use it on my breakfast cereal each morning and if I make custard or an apple desert and I find that there is no difference between it and sugar.
I don't sweeten either my tea or coffee.
I find that it has not had any effect on my foot neuropathy it's still the very same as it has always been.
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