One of the toughest decisions you have to make when you are diagnosed with Diabetes is to give up on sugar.Thankfully now you have lot of artificial sweeteners to choose from, which are safe to use, good to taste and do not affect your pancreas.
Sweeteners are a boon in disguise to Diabetics. They are perfect substitute to sugar. Replacing sugar with low calorie sweeteners not only helps Diabetics plan their meals more flexibly by enhancing the pleasure of eating but also checks the calorie intake.
Artificial sweeteners (Non nutritive sweeteners) are an insignificant source of nutrition (no carbohydrate content) and are synthetic sugar substitutes. They sweeten the food but do not add calories that come from sugar. But they are much sweeter than sugar and hence required in very small quantity. Artificial sweeteners do not affect the blood sugar levels, generally counted as “Free Foods”. They have been found to be safe to use. They do not cause cancer or pose any other threat to human health.
Some of the approved artificial sweeteners are Aspartame, Sucralose, Saccharin, Acesulfame potassium, Neotame which are marketed under the brand name Nutrasweet, Sugar free gold, Sweetex, Sunett, Splenda, Sweet twin, Sweet and low etc.
While selecting the processed or prepared food items remember to go through the Nutrition fact labels. The ingredients section will tell you about the type of artificial sweetener used and also the calorie contents.
Sweeteners can be incorporated as a part of healthy diet. But remember, moderation is a key. Follow a healthy eating plan and stay physically active to enjoy the sweeteners around you.