What to Eat Wednesday: Smart Substitutions

Breaking down the differences between sugar substitutes is crucial to your healthAs anyone who has received a diagnosis of diabetes knows, reducing the amount of sugar in your diet is an important part of your new meal plans. But with so many sugar substitutes on the market—Splenda! Stevia! Equal!—it can be hard to tell which product to use when you are baking (and what kind of effect that substitute will have on your overall wellbeing.)

I came across a great article in Cooking Light that breaks it down pretty definitively, so I am sharing the info in the hopes of getting rid of some of the confusion.

Sugar Substitutes

Splenda: “measures-like-sugar” calorie-free sweetener

Equal: calorie-free sweetener with aspartame

Equal Spoonful: “measures-like-sugar” calorie-free sweetener with aspartame

Brown Sugar Twin: “measures-like-sugar” brown sugar calorie-free sweetener

As the article notes, aspartame has been linked to devastating side effects like headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory loss, and seizures and was responsible for the increased incidence of brain tumors, but there is no hard evidence proving that the sweetener is actually responsible for producing these problems.

The article concludes that any of the ‘measures like sugar’ substitutes can be used for cooking and baking, but that they prefer to use substitutes in small amounts in their recipes, also swapping sugar with small amounts of honey and fruit juices on occasion.

When you are managing your diabetes, it is important to make proactive choices to keep your health in check. In addition to carefully monitoring your blood sugar levels and maintaining a balanced diet, it’s crucial to schedule regular visits with a podiatrist for comprehensive foot exams. Contact Dr. Andrew Schneider to set up your appointment today.

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