What sweeteners can I use if I have diabetes?

Carole Radney
Health Education
The American Diabetes Association recommends Splenda because it doesn't metabolize as a carbohydrate. There are some artificial sweeteners that aren't recommended because they simply don't have enough statistics or facts on them, like Stevia. So the ones that are tried and true like Splenda, Equal and Sweet-n-Low are recommended.
These days, eating sweets isn't "cheating"-- it's a choice. People with diabetes can eat sweets and still keep their blood glucose (sugar) levels on track. These options are all available for sweetening your foods:

  • sugar and other sweeteners with calories (such as honey and brown sugar)
  • reduced-calorie sweeteners (such as isomalt and sorbitol)
  • low-calorie sweeteners (such as aspartame and sucralose)

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