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What type of sugar is allowed if I have Diabetes? Is sugar allowed at all?

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posted Sep 27, 2016 by anonymous

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Completely cutting down on sugar is the first thing that comes to mind when diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. This is not the very apt thing to do since it not just keeps you craving for sugar but also deprives your body of energy levels. Consuming bare minimal amount of sugar (half a spoon in tea or coffee) is always the best option, but if you still are still unable to give up on the sugar consumption, sugar substitutes come as a saviour.

Sugar substitutes are widely divided into nutritive and non-nutritive. Nutritive sugars have calories and increase the blood sugar levels; non-nutritive sugars, on the other hand, are calorie-free and do not add to the blood glucose levels. The American Diabetes Association approves the usage below substitutes

1. Truvia and sweetleaf

  • These are made from Stevia which is a herb found in central and south America. It is 40 times sweeter than sugar and has no calories. Thus, does not impact the blood sugar levels.
  • The latest products shared in the link below can replace the sugar in your tea or coffee, cereals, fruits. It is good just to sprinkle or stir in the beverage and doesn't give a desirable taste when cooked or baked. 
  • It is available on and


2. Whey low

  • All natural sugars (fructose in fruits, sucrose in sugar and lactose in milk) are blended with Whey low such that the sugars are not completely absorbed in the body
  • It has got less than one-third calories of the sugar and hence can act as a substitute.
  • Can be sprinkled, cooked or baked and will have same taste as sugar.
  • It is available on here.


3. Sugar alcohols/Xylitols

  • These are the natural sugar alcohols found in fruits, berries and corn. They are as sweet as sugar but with very low glycemic index. Thus have low calories and do not impact the glucose levels greatly.
  • Can be used in tea or coffee or baking. When used for cooking or baking, it is advisable to use half the portions of actual sugars
  • It is available on and


4. Splenda

  • It is 600 times sweeter than sugar and has zero calories, thus can be used as per your taste
  • It is also heat stable, thus can be used for cooking and baking.
  • One packet of Splenda equals 2 teaspoon of table sugar
  • It is available on here and here


5. Agave nectar

  • It is extracted from agave plant to produce a liquid sweetener
  • Can be used in tea and coffee and in recipes which use liquid sweeteners like honey
  • It is available here and here


6. Saccharin

  • 300-500 times sweeter than sugar
  • Calorie free, thus can be used as a replacement for sugar
  • Tastes best in tea and coffee but reacts undesirable to baking and cooking
  • It is available here
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