Best Artificial Sweetener for Diabetics

Patient

Q: Dear Doctor, My father was found to have high blood sugar and also has a family history of diabetics. What is the best artificial sweetener recommended for his condition? Thank You.

Doctor

A:   Sweeteners are so much sweeter than sugar that very small amounts are needed to create a sweet taste and also contribute almost no carbohydrates to foods, so people with diabetes can enjoy their favorite foods without affecting blood glucose levels. Any sweetener may be used. In general, aspartame and acesulfame-k  are 200 times sweeter than sugar, sacchrin is 200-700 times sweeter than sugar while sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar.


 

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