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From: Shirley S. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: sugar substitute question
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I have type 2 diabetes.  What is the best sugar substitute to use for baking and daily use for diabetics?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Beth Conlon, MS, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Here is some great news.  You can have your cake and eat it too.  So why substitute sugar when you can use the real thing?  According to the American Diabetes Association... (click for entire response)

Krista Feagans, Dietetic Intern
First of all, sugar substitutes are non-nutritive sweeteners (meaning they have no nutritional value, good or bad).  They are essentially calorie-free and cause no glycemic response (meaning it doesn’t raise your blood sugar).  Sugar substitutes... (click for entire response)

Katie Kelly, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Sugar does more than just sweeten foods, it adds layers and character.  Sugar is used in baking to add moistness, sweetness, and shelf-life; without it products would be unpleasant to eat.  People with diabetes can enjoy sweet treats by substituting or combining... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Nutrition Student
Answer: There are many different sugar substitutes available for purchase today.  Artificial sweeteners such as Equal, Splenda, and Stevia have been approved as safe to use by the FDA.  These sweeteners only contain very little calories or carbohydrate and can be used in moderation daily.... (click for entire response)

Lindsay Kovacic, Dietetic Intern
There are several types of artificial sweeteners in today’s market: Sweet and Low, Equal, Splenda, Stevia and Truvia to name a few.  These sweeteners have been approved by the FDA and are available in local markets and grocery stores.  These sweeteners are low in calories but still may contain some carbohydrate... (click for entire response)

Laura Arrington, Nutrition Student
I would recommend cutting down the amount of sugar in a favorite recipe before using a sugar substitute.  Also, you should try sweetening the recipe with... (click for entire response)

Jenifer Kayan, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Sugar substitutes come in different varieties and go by many a name - Sucralose (Splenda), Saccharin (Sweet and Low), Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), and Acesulfame K (Sunett).  Each of these sweeteners are FDA-approved and are considered safe to consume.  While much debate exists... (click for entire response)


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  Select a Sweetener for a Diabetes Analysis:

Low & No Calorie Sweeteners | Sugar Containing Sweeteners

Low & No Calorie Sweeteners:
Equal Flavored Sweetener
Equal Packets
Equal Spoonful
Kroger Calorie Free Sweetener
NatraTaste Zero Calorie Sweetener
Only Sweet Naturally Sweet Stevia
PureVia All Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener
Splenda Cafe Sticks
Splenda Flavor Blends for Coffee
Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Flavor Accents
Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Minis
Splenda No Calorie Sweetener with Fiber, Packets
Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granular
Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Packets
Splenda Quick Pack
Sugar Twin Granulated Brown
Sugar Twin Granulated White
Sugar Twin Liquid
Sugar Twin Packets
Sun Crystals Packets
Sweet N Low Brown
Sweet N Low Granulated Sugar Substitute Packets
Sweet N Low Liquid
SweetLeaf Stevia
True Lemon
True Lime
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Zero Packets

Sugar Containing Sweeteners:
Brown Sugar, Packed
Brown Sugar, Unpacked
C&H Dark Brown
C&H Golden Brown
C&H Granulated White
C&H Organic Sugar
C&H Powdered Sugar
Crocketts Honey
Domino Cane Superfine Premium Sugar
Domino Confectioners 10X Powdered Sugar
Domino Dots Pure Cane Sugar Cubes
Domino Old Fashioned Dark Brown Pure Cane Sugar
Domino Pure Cane Granulated Sugar
Florida Crystals Organic Sugar
Fructose, Dry Powder
Kroger Calorie Free Sweetener
Kroger Pure Clover Honey
Kroger Sweet Servings
Kroger Value Pure Honey
Mrs. Crocketts Natural Wild Desert Honey
Naturally Preferred Demerara Turbinado Sugar
Naturally Preferred Organic Brown Sugar
Naturally Preferred Organic Sugar
Naturally Preferred Powdered Sugar
Powdered Sugar
Private Selction Organic Sugar
Private Selection Grade A Organic Honey
Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
Splenda Sugar Blend
Sue Bee Honey
Sugar In The Raw Bulk
Sugar In The Raw Packets
Sugar, Granulated
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Amber Honey
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Raw Honey

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