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Artificial Sweeteners Or Natural Sugar: Which Is Best For People With Diabetes?

Here's what you need to know to understand the impact of sweeteners—both nutritive and non-nutritive—on your blood sugar. Walk down the supermarket aisles and you’ll find a dizzying array of sweeteners. Everything from ordinary (white) table sugar to newly-formulated sugars, sugar substitutes and more. Some claim benefits for people with diabetes that promise to have no effect on blood sugar. But with so many choices—from ordinary table sugar (aka cane, sucrose), maple sugar and agave to newer arrivals like coconut sugar, monk sugar and stevia, to nonnutritive sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, etc.)—how do you know which one is best for you and your blood sugar? It's important to know that use of the word natural is not a term regulated by the FDA, nor does it have a clear definition. These so-called “natural” sweeteners, also referred to as nutritive sweeteners, are a type of sugar (typically sucrose), which provide calories from carbohydrates. All nutritive sugars have about 14 calories per teaspoon and contain 5 grams of carbohydrates. Food companies seem to use the word “natural” as a marketing gimmick to give consumers a sense of additional health benefits. P Continue reading >>

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  1. ckosmo29

    Latest fasting BS 106 at Dr. but still have ?'s

    Okay got my lab results the other day. My fasting blood sugar was 106, my doctor said that was normal. My last one six months ago and about 15 pounds ago was 110. His lab report says 70-106 normal. I am keeping on top of this because both my parents are type 2. I am worried though, I have tingling in my fingers and toes alot and seem to drink all day long. When I eat out I can go through 4 glasses of water. If my fasting is 106, am I worried over nothing?

  2. furball64801

    I dont think your worried over nothing, first question is do you test 2 hrs after your heaviest meal. Fasting is always the last to go high, I would say if you dont have a meter go and get one maybe walmarts relion there cheaper and good. If you have the issues you talk about you could be running higher without knowing it. Did the doc run an a1c lab work on you, it would have told your 3 month average.

  3. jwags

    I think 106 is in the prediabetic range in the US. If you have a gut feeling and are getting tingling in your fingers I would be careful of your carb intake and make sure you incorperate exercise every day. Many pre D's find that their bgs will jump significantly if they don't closely monitor.

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