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Be Sweetener SAAVY!
                 If you have diabetes or are looking to lose weight, artificial sweeteners/sugar
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Artificial Sweeteners for People with Diabetes: Listed below are Food Drug Administration (FDA) approved and American
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Artificial Sweetener
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Artificial Sweetener

Information on the different types of artificial sweeteners

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Artificial Sweetener

  1. 1. Be Sweetener SAAVY! If you have diabetes or are looking to lose weight, artificial sweeteners/sugar substitutes are a way you can enjoy sweetened foods and beverages but still manage your blood sugar and weight. Which artificial sweetener should you use and how should you use it? Use this handout as a guide to choosing which artificial sweetener is right for you. Sweeteners What is it? Examples Sugar A naturally occurring carbohydrate. It Brown sugar, Cane contains calories and raises your blood sugar, Confectioners sugar level. sugar, Fructose, Honey, Molasses Reduced- calorie Have about half the calories of sugar. Isomalt, Maltitol, sweetener They can raise your blood sugar level, but Mannitol, Sorbitol, and not as much as other carbohydrates. Xylitol. (Sugar Alcohols) Caution: too much may cause diarrhea! (Found in sugar free candy and gum) Artificial sweeteners Created in a lab rather than found Splenda, Equal, Sweet naturally. Contain no calories and are ‘N Low considered “free foods.” What about Packaged Foods? What does it mean when food products say NO SUGAR, NO ADDED SUGAR, SUGAR FREE, or ALL NATURAL? Term Meaning No Sugar The product does not contain “real” sugars at all. It may contain sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners. No Added Sugar During processing, no extra “real” sugar was added. However, the original source might naturally contain sugar such as fructose in fruit juice. Additional sweeteners such as sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners may be added. Sugar free The product contains no “real” sugars. It may contain sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners. All Natural The product does not contain artificial ingredients. It may contain natural sweeteners, such as sugars or sugar alcohols.
  2. 2. Artificial Sweeteners for People with Diabetes: Listed below are Food Drug Administration (FDA) approved and American Diabetes Association recommended sugar substitutes for use by individuals with diabetes. Type Brands Sweetness Daily Limits How to cook with it Comments Saccharin Sweet’N Low 200-700x Equivalent to 9-12 packets Replace 1cup of sugar with 24 packets, 2 FDA & Sweet sweeter per day tablespoons of saccharin liquid, or 1c of brown Approved Twin than sugar sugar saccharin Aspartame Equal, 160-220x Equivalent to 97 packets per High temperatures can diminish aspartame’s Contains 1981 FDA NutraSweet, sweeter day (About 18 – 19 cans of sweetness. Avoid using with baking. phenylalanine, which Approved Natra Taste than sugar diet soda) can be harmful to individuals with phenylketonuria. Should be avoided by these individuals. Sucralose Splenda 600x Equivalent to 29 packets a Granular version measures cup for cup of 1998 FDA sweeter day (About 6 cans of diet sugar. If you use the half sugar or brown sugar Approved than sugar soda) blend, replace 1cup of sugar w/ a ½cup of the blend. Stevia Truvia, 250-300x Daily allowance not Each brand recommends its own sugar-to- Derived from the 2008 FDA PureVia, sweeter established for U.S. adults at stevia ratio. Start by replacing a cup of sugar whole leaf of the Approved SweetLeaf, than sugar this time. with 24 teaspons or 8 tablespoons of stevia. stevia plant. Stevia in the Raw, Sun Crystals Agave Wholesome somewhat Replace each cup of sugar with two-thirds to Has the same Nectar Sweeteners, sweeter three-quarters cup of agave nectar, and then amount of calories Madhava, than sugar reduce all other liquids in the recipe by a and carbs as sugar. It and Volcanic quarter. Lower your oven temperature by 25 has a low glycemic Nectar degrees to prevent burning, and shorten the index so will not raise cooking time on cookies by 3-5 minutes and your blood sugar as cakes by 7 – 10 minutes. much.

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