From: Shirley S. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
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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