How does stevia affect blood sugar levels?
Using stevia to sweeten your foods and beverages can save you a lot of calories, since this sweetener, made from the plant Stevia rebaudiana, is 250 times sweeter than sugar and contains almost no calories. However, some types of stevia preparations may affect your blood sugar levels differently than others.
2 / 6 Splenda: Good for Diabetes. Splenda is a brand name for sucralose, a non-nutritive or artificial sweetener, which is excellent for people with diabetes — type 2 diabetes in particular. Splenda is 600 times sweeter than sugar, says Glassman, but those little yellow packets have no effect on blood sugar.
- Examples of some diabetic-friendly desserts that may or may not have artificial sweeteners include:
- granola (with no sugar added) and fresh fruit.
- graham crackers with nut butter.
- angel food cake.
- sugar-free hot chocolate sprinkled with cinnamon.
- sugar-free fudge popsicle.
- Refined carbohydrates like white rice have a high glycemic index, which causes rapid spikes in blood sugar that increase diabetes risk. Foods with a lower glycemic index, like brown rice, are digested more slowly, causing a lower and gentler change in blood sugar.
- These can include foods sweetened with sugar. However, meal plans for people with diabetes usually control total carbohydrate intake and, often, calorie intake. Clinical studies have shown that SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener (sucralose) does not affect blood glucose levels, insulin, or HbA1c.
"Especially deadly for diabetics": there is no question that aspartame has been beneficial to people with diabetes, enabling them to enjoy sweet tasting foods without the carbohydrates. Since it does not contain calories in the usual amounts consumed, it cannot affect blood glucose levels or cause weight gain.
- Pepino commented: "When study participants drank sucralose, their blood sugar peaked at a higher level than when they drank only water before consuming glucose. Insulin levels also rose about 20 percent higher. So the artificial sweetener was related to an enhanced blood insulin and glucose response."
- Saying goodbye to diet sodas. Soda, whether regular or diet, is a dietary waste. For people with diabetes, diet soda has been associated with weight gain and symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Some sweeteners in diet soda even cause sugar and insulin spikes in the blood.
- Generally, there's no advantage to substituting honey for sugar in a diabetes eating plan. Both honey and sugar will affect your blood sugar level. Honey is sweeter than granulated sugar, so you might use a smaller amount of honey for sugar in some recipes.
Artificial sweeteners won't raise your blood sugar levels in the short-term. So, a can of diet coke, for example, won't cause a rise in blood sugar. Mice, when fed artificial sweeteners for 11 weeks, had negative changes in their gut bacteria that caused increased blood sugar levels (6).
- Artificial sweeteners won't raise your blood sugar levels in the short-term. So, a can of diet coke, for example, won't cause a rise in blood sugar. Mice, when fed artificial sweeteners for 11 weeks, had negative changes in their gut bacteria that caused increased blood sugar levels (6).
- Sugar substitutes don't affect your blood sugar level. In fact, most artificial sweeteners are considered "free foods" — foods containing less than 20 calories and 5 grams or less of carbohydrates — because they don't count as calories or carbohydrates on a diabetes exchange.
- It is ideal for diabetics, because there's no sugar and only 3 grams of carbohydrate per cup. The chocolate version is excellent, and very low carb too. This is the only milk I have found that does not spike my glucose levels. Probably should only eat or drink very little dairy products wether you are diabetic or not.
Updated: 6th October 2019