Five Type 2 Diabetes Sugar Alternatives

When choosing a recipe to make for dinner in a diabetic household, you shouldn’t have to change your mind because your original choice involves the use of sugar. They’re...

When choosing a recipe to make for dinner in a diabetic household, you shouldn’t have to change your mind because your original choice involves the use of sugar. They’re plenty of substitutes for sugar so finding one shouldn’t be an issue. But, here are 5 suggestions for sugar alternatives.

 

Stevia Plant

stevia

Depending on the producer of this product, the taste varies from a super sweet taste followed by a little bitterness to just full on sweet. It is approximately 40 times stronger than sugar, zero calories and will not raise your blood sugar.

 

Xylitol

xylitol

Xylitol is an organic sugar found in foods like beets, berries and corn. Xylitol is nearly as sweet as sugar however, it is partially absorbed by the body. Xylitol is only around 9 calories per teaspoon.

 

Agave Nectar

agave

 

Commonly thought of as sweeter than honey, Agave nectar is blended to create liquid sweetener. Agave Nectar affects blood sugar closely to fructose so be careful with the amounts you use.

 

Sweet’N Low

sweetnlow

Sweet’N Low has about 4 calories in each packet (1/4 teaspoon). This corresponds to two teaspoons of sugar. It reacts differently to baking, and can cause changes in volume and texture.

 

Splenda

 

splenda

Splenda is 600 times sweeter than table sugar. Though splenda is made from a glucose molecule, it’s chemically altered in a lab so it passes through the body un-metabolized.

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