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Is there a safe and healthy artificial sweetener for type 2 diabetics? —John Gonzalez


Thanks for asking dLife, John.

The sugar-free sweeteners available in grocery stores and online are generally safe if consumed in moderation. However, they aren't necessarily “healthy”because they don't provide any beneficial effects other than taking the place of sugar, honey, and other sweeteners that raise blood sugar. “Natural” sweeteners come from plants, whereas artificial sweeteners are created in a laboratory. Both types are safe when used in moderation, although adverse reactions have occurred in some people.

Below is a list of common natural and artificial sugar substitutes that have been deemed safe for use by the FDA:

“Natural” Sweeteners:

Stevia

Monk fruit

Erythritol

Xylitol

Artificial Sweeteners:

Sucralose (Splenda)

Aspartame (Equal)

Saccharine (Sweet 'n Low)

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.

Is there a safe and healthy artificial sweetener for type 2 diabetics? —John Gonzalez
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