Yes, stevia is a good sugar substitute for people with type 2 diabetes. Leaves from the plant known as Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni have been used by South American natives for hundreds of years, and steviol glycosides extracted from this plant are responsible for its sweet taste. Because stevia doesn't contain any calories or carbs, it doesn't raise blood sugar or insulin levels. In fact, some studies suggest that it may actually reduce insulin resistance and improve blood sugar control. However, it's best to choose liquid stevia, such as SweetLeaf, or stevia-erythritol blends that contain no other additives, if possible. Truvia, Purevia, and Stevia in the Raw packets all contain sugar in the form of dextrose and maltodextrin.
Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.
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