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Diabetics and Sugar

Diabetes mellitus or justdiabetes is a medical condition characterized by lack of insulin or body ignorance toproduce insulin. Because of that diabetic patients can’t use glucose from theblood as the energy fuel. Glucose (blood sugar) starts to accumulate andinfluence many normal processes in the body. High blood sugar might affect theirheart, blood vessels, nerves and eyes, leading to many serious healthcomplications.

Sugar Substitutes

First of all, you should know that all sugars have theending “ose”. In products, sugar is usually labeled as glucose, fructose, dextrose (these“oses”), and also corn and cane syrup and molasses. Almost everything in thestore, if it not labeled as diabetic food, may contain some form of sugar.Doctors always recommend sugar free or sugar limited diets to diabeticpatients.

Diabetic patients and their families have to think much moreabout the food they eat. Many prepared food contains certain amount of sugarand may not be suitable for people who shouldn’t eat sugar. These days, thereare many products made especially for diabetics, so they wouldn’t have to worryabout their food. However, patients should watch for natural sugar, such aslactose, which is sometimes present in dairy products or other food.

Today, there are many sugarsubstitutes and diabetic patients can enjoy their sweets without worrying abouttheir health. These candies, chocolates, cookies and cakes, actually almostanything labeled as diabetic food, won’t raise their glucose level. Also, diabetics can use these sugarsubstitutes to cook or bake something at home.

Splenda or sucralose is asweetener that doesn’t contain any calories whatsoever. It is made of tablesugar and it can be used to make almost anything. You may use splenda to cookor bake and it can replace sugar.

Stevia is well known all around the world as asugar substitute. It is 300 times sweeter than regular sugar, and it is alsosuitable for diabetics. It can’t be bought anywhere else, except in healthstores, and you might use it for both cooking and baking.

Sweet One is also known as sunsettor acesulfame K is also without calories. It is much sweeter than sucrose, evensome 200 times sweeter. Sunsett is also suitable to cook and bake for diabeticpatients.

Sweet-n-Low is saccharin.This substance is 300 times sweeter than sugar. The only problem is that itcan’t be heated, since it becomes quite bitter.

Nutrasweet Equal contains aspartame.Aspartame is also sweeter than sugar, about 180 times sweeter. It issuitable for use in anything cold, including drinks, milk products and food.You can’t use it to cook something, because it breaks down and loses allsweetness.

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