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What are good sweeteners for diabetics?

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Some good artificial sweeteners for diabetics are saccharin, neotame, sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium and advantame, states the American Diabetes Association. These six sweeteners are deemed safe as food additives by the Food and Drug Administration. People with diabetes need to be careful when consuming sugar products because they can cause an elevation in blood sugar levels and add calories.

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Artificial sweeteners do not contain any calories and do not elevate blood glucose levels, notes WebMD. These different types of high-intensity sweeteners are added to many commercial food products, such as jams and baked goods, according to the Food and Drug Administration. To ensure that a commercial product does contain an artificial sweetener and not natural sugar, diabetics should check both the ingredient and nutrition labels. Additionally, they should be aware that reduced-calorie sweeteners can elevate blood sugar levels.

These different no-calorie sweeteners are marketed under different names, such as Splenda, NutraSweet and Sweet'N Low. Sucralose and advantame are useful for cooking or baking foods, such as jellies, puddings and frostings.

Although these products are safe for diabetics to use, a patient, who has phenylketonuria, should avoid using aspartame because it contains the substance phenylalanine. Similarly, pregnant or lactating women should not use saccharin.

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