Type 2 diabetics need to limit the use of real sugar. Luckily, there are a number of sugar replacements for diabetics in the form of zero and low-carbohydrate sweetners.
Many sugar replacements have received negative press. Over time, though, no credible research has shown that using artificial sweeteners leads to illness; some people have reported mild stomach or head pain.
The five FDA-approved “non-nutritive sweeteners” are saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose and neotame. You may find other sugar replacements, but they are marketed as dietary supplements -- which are not regulated for safety by the FDA.
1. Agave Nectar
While not an artificial sweetener, this is another option you may want to consider: This is a low-carbohydrate sugar alternative.
1 tsp of agave nectar contains 5 grams of carbohydrate.
While not FDA approved, this product has been used for many centuries as a natural sweetener.
2. Sweet 'N Low Sugar Substitute
This is a low-carbohydrate sugar alternative. 1 packet of Sweet 'N Low (saccharin) contains 3 grams of carbohydrate, making it a low-carbohydrate sugar substitute.
3. Superose Liquid Sweetener
Saccharin (FDA approved) sweetens this product, which contains 0.25 grams of carbohydrate per packet. Consider it a zero-carbohydrate alternative sweetener option.
It is sold in granulated (packets and larger containers) and liquid form.
It can be used in baking.
- Sugar Twin
Contains saccharin (FDA approved) and zero carbohydrate.
It comes in liquid and powder form and can be used in baking.
Made from stevia leaves, this product contains zero carbohydrate.
It is being investigated for FDA approval and has been used in other countries for centuries as a sweetener.
It comes manufactured in liquid and powdered forms and can be used in baking. (Available under several brand names.)Stevia is also the sweetening agent in:
Truvia Nature's Calorie-Free (1 packet contains 3 grams of carbohydrate, so this one is a low-carbohydrate sugar substitute -- not a zero-carb choice).
6. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener
Contains sucralose (FDA approved) and zero carbohydrate.
Splenda comes granulated in a variety of packaging, including both white and brown sugar baking forms.
Splenda is also the brand of sucralose used to make 2 other alternative sweeteners:
7. Smoky Mountain Sweetener
Made from saccharin (FDA approved) and contains zero carbohydrate.
This comes in liquid form and can be used in baking.
8. Our Family Sweetener Saccharin
1 packet contains 0.25g carbohydrate, so this can be considered a zero-carbohydrate alternative sweetener option. (FDA approved)
Contains aspartame (FDA approved) and zero carbohydrate.
Comes in individual packets or larger containers; not good for baking.