July 13, 2007, Newsletter Issue #111: Low-Calorie Sweeteners

Tip of the Week

Recent studies have shown that sugar can be included in the diabetic diet, however that does not mean that you should give up on low-calorie sweeteners.

Sugar must be figured into your carbohydrate count, however low-calorie sweeteners generally do not have any calories or carbohydrates. This makes them free foods!

Low-calorie sweeteners have a place in your diet plan:

* they make food taste sweet
* they do not count as a carbohydrate
* they are not a fat
* they can be added to your meal plan
instead of substituted
* they are FDA approved
* the American Diabetes Associates
accepts these sweeteners as safe and
part of a healthy diet

There are different types of low-calorie sweeteners, but the 4 primary types are:

1. Saccharin - Sweet N Low, Sugar Twin
2. Aspartame - NutraSweet, Equal
3. Acesulfame Potassium - Sweet One, Sunett
4. Sucralose - Splenda

These low-calorie additives will not add calories, fats or carbs to your diet, and can be enjoyed without worrying about effects on your blood sugars or your waistline.

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