Hidden Danger? Are Sugar Substitutes For Diabetics Really That Safe?

There is good sugar for people with diabetes and there is a bad one, and a person’s state of health might be significantly influenced by the type of sugar he/she consumes.

Types of sugar in food

On the whole, it’s clear that fruits contain sugar, but it’s different from the one they add to all kinds of desserts. As a rule, there are lots of added sugar in sweets and cakes we eat. However, on the list of ingredients, it’s not indicated just as “sugar,” but it might be masked by the following names, according to healthline.com:

  1. Sucrose.
  2. Honey.
  3. Maltodextrin.
  4. Fructose.
  5. Lactose.
  6. Malt syrup.
  7. Dextrose.
  8. White granulated sugar.
  9. Agave nectar.
  10. Glucose.
  11. High-fructose corn syrup.

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These types of additives will significantly raise a person’s blood sugar.

However, there are some artificial or modified sweeteners that don’t have such a great impact on blood sugar, if any. They include:

  1. Artificial sweeteners, such as Equal or Sweet’N Low.
  2. Sugar alcohols, such as maltitol.
  3. Natural sweeteners, such as Truvia or Pure Via.

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Pros and cons of artificial or modified sweeteners

There are a lot of debates going on about the benefits and downsides of artificial or modified sweeteners. While artificial sweeteners work great for people with diabetes by providing a risk-free alternative to sweets, there were some concerns about artificial sweeteners in the past, according to Mayo Clinic.

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However, they were all dropped:

According to the National Cancer Institute and other health agencies, there's no sound scientific evidence that any of the artificial sweeteners approved for use in the U.S. cause cancer or other serious health problems.

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What is more, according to Mayo Clinic, artificial sweeteners are generally safe when consumed in moderation, even for pregnant women.

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Simple recipes of sugar-free healthy banana cookies

So, if you stick to a sugar-free diet, here is a great recipe for you.

Take ripe bananas, 2 cups of rolled oats, 1 cup of dates, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and mix them all together. Preheat your oven to 350° F and bake for 20 minutes. Voilà! Your healthy cookies are ready.

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It’s important to care about your health and to know the details about natural and artificial sugar, especially if you have diabetes. This might mean a lot for your health.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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