Is the sugar substitute “Swerve” safe to use for diabetics and does it live up to its claims?
Q: Is the sugar substitute “Swerve” safe to use for diabetics and does it live up to its claims?
Swerve is a sugar-free sweetener that contains erythritol, oligosaccharides, and natural flavors. Erythritol is a member of the polyol family, also known as sugar alcohols. Unlike other sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and maltitol, erythritol doesn't seem to cause digestive issues like abdominal pain, bloating, gas or loose stools. The FDA classifies erythritol as a zero-calorie sweetener that doesn't affect blood sugar levels. Oligosaccharides are a type of prebiotic fiber found in plants. Like erythritol, oligosaccharides don't raise blood sugar. The natural flavors in Swerve also contain no carbs or sugar.
Clinical trials have confirmed that Swerve is safe for people with diabetes and does not raise blood sugar or insulin levels.
Because Swerve and sugar are very similar in sweetness, taste and texture, Swerve can be substituted for the same amount of sugar in recipes. It is heat stable and can be used for baking and high-heat cooking.
Originally answered by Liz Quintana, RD, CDE; edited by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.
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