Today I want to talk about what benefits there are to natural sweeteners versus the artificial ones. One of the worst thing for me when I became a diabetic was not being able to eat sweets like I used too. Sugar filled candy and desserts were a big reason I was diagnosed with diabetes. Now I have to eat mostly sugar free snacks and desserts. The difficulty is finding the healthiest and least chemical based ones. I’ll go through the ones I’ve used and the effects they’ve had on me.
The most popular would have to be aspartame. You’ll find it in sugar free gum, cookies, and of course soda. Diet soda with this chemical actually does more harm than good to a diabetic. It makes you hungry, and is very addicting. I chew sugar free gum with this in small doses. Diet soda I try to limit to once or twice a month. You’ll also see sugar free cookies and cakes at your supermarket with this chemical in it. You’ll also notice that all these products are loaded with lots of ingredients. My diabetic doctor always says, “If a product has a large paragraph of ingredients, don’t eat it.”
Splenda is another artificial sweetener that has similar affects. It makes you crave more sugar and can raise your blood sugar levels.
The best sweetener is natural. Stevia is basically a natural sugar from a plant. It’s safe with no negative side effects. I’ve found several products with this ingredient to be a good snack or dessert.
Halo top ice cream has this ingredient, along with pure cane sugar. as apposed to processed sugar. Like any dessert, watch your portion! This brand has many flavors to satisfy your ice cream craving.
Russell Stover also makes sugar free chocolate candy varieties with Stevia. Again, stick to the serving size. They even have a Stevia chocolate Easter bunny this year for the holiday.
Monk fruit is also a good natural plant based sweetener, which you can find in certain ice creams like Enlightened. This company also offers plenty of varieties.
In the end even the healthiest sweetened products should be enjoyed through moderation.
My next blog I will discuss the best fruits I’ve found to help with my diabetic diet and lifestyle. Stay safe and healthy!