The Diabetic Diet: Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diabetes, Blood Sugar
Last Reviewed 02/20/2014

The Diabetic Diet: Natural Sweeteners

By far, my favorite sugar-free sweeteners are the natural ones—especially for people who have diabetes. If you’re trying to control your blood sugar, add these two natural sweeteners to your pantry.

Natural Sweetener Options

  • Stevia. This herb has been used for more than 1,500 years in South America and continues to be popular worldwide. It is calorie-free and does not affect blood sugar levels. Just a few drops of a liquid concentrate or a dusting of powdered stevia is all you need to lend sweetness to any dish.

  • Xylitol. This natural sweetener looks and tastes like sugar, making it ideal for baking. Although xylitol is not calorie-free, it is metabolized much more slowly than regular sugar and has an extremely low gylcemic index. The only reported side effect is gastrointestinal distress when large amounts are ingested.

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DISCLAIMER: The content of is offered on an informational basis only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health provider before making any adjustment to a medication or treatment you are currently using, and/or starting any new medication or treatment. All recommendations are "generally informational" and not specifically applicable to any individual's medical problems, concerns and/or needs.

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