Foods can be sweetened in a number of ways. This includes adding
real sweeteners like sugar or honey, adding artificial sweeteners, adding sugar
alcohols, or by adding fruit and fruit juice. So what is the best option for
diabetes health? Both artificial sweetener and sugar alcohols are used
frequently by those with diabetes, however may not be the best choice.
Artificial sweeteners come with a plethora of artificial and possible harmful
ingredients. Additionally, some research points to the fact that consuming
artificial sweeteners may still cause rises in blood sugar levels. Sugar
alcohols are not readily digested and can cause gastrointestinal problems
should you consume too much.
Many people with diabetes believe that they cannot consume any real
sugar or honey, but the reality is that when on a diabetic diet, there are no
foods necessarily off limits, but rather there are many foods that should be
limited in portion. Sugars and sweets are some of these foods. When it comes to
honey versus sugar, both raise blood sugar levels identically, so while honey
is a more natural sweetener, it will have the same affects as white sugar. It
is safe to use, but moderation must be practiced.
The best way to control sweets cravings on a diabetic diet is
through portion control. Limiting the amount of real sweetener used is the best
way to control spikes in blood sugar levels. Consuming fruit rather than sweets
themselves is another great way to satisfy a sweet tooth while not
overconsuming sugars or carbohydrates. In fact, a diabetic diet is very similar
to the general diet recommendations given to the general public. This includes
consuming a variety of lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts,
and seeds while minimizing consumption of high fat and high sugar foods.