anyone using any sweeteners - need for diabetics

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Hi, can anyone recommend sweeteners for diabetics, probably which you have also tried and hence recommending..

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Just stay away
from SWEETS , SWEETENERS 
and
   ’’SUGAR FREE ’’

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stevia or sweet tulsi

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using sugarfree natura for a long time now.

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flawlessking wrote:

Whats better than pure honey

Yes… OP, use honey but the pure one.

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Honey works. But for making sweets you could go with stevia
It’s a plant based product. So completely natural.

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get few stevia plants in house and use their leaf

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Sugar free tablets are harmful than regular sugar since it has more artificial chemicals.
95% honey sold in market by saying pure honey were not actually pure.. they’re adding sugar syrup to honey (it will shoot up diabetes higher very easily)
Try palm jaggery or unprocessed sugar (brown in color).. if possible honey (when you know its really honey)
regular intake of fenugreek in early morning will control diabetes very well.

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As opposed how easily people generalise sugarfree (aspartame) as harmful, I would say sugarfree isn’t all that bad when you consume them only in your tea or coffee (just 2 to 3 pills per day). Safe limits as per European Food Safety Authority is 40 mg per kg of body weight. Example: Someone who weighs 70 kgs can safely consume 2.8 grams of sugar free without any concern.

If you consider a typical sugarfree natura sachet, each sachet has .75 grams of sugar free so a 70 kgs person can safely consume 3 to 4 sachets per day.

Leaving this aside, other alternatives that you can explore are stevia and erythritol.

Stevia is made out of plant leaves that are naturally sweet (Stevia plants). I have used it quite a lot and never had much issues with taste but most of my family members dislike it saying it leaves a bad after taste.

Other alternative is erythritol. It’s a sugar alcohol extracted from corn. The taste is better than Stevia but it’s quite expensive comparatively. Apart from being expensive, you have to use large portions to get equal sweetness as sugar. I used erythritol to bake some cakes at home when I am on a serious diet to cut down carbs but I don’t use erythritol regularly for coffee etc at home.

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Another misconception is about Jaggery. Just because doctors advice it’s better to consume jaggery over sugar it doesn’t mean it’s a sweetener from heaven.

Sugar is 100% carbs whereas Jaggery is 85% carbs. So it’s a mere difference of 15% and doesn’t make it something normally edible for someone with diabetes.

Palm jaggery is even worse for diabetic patients. Yes, it has some health benefits due to presence of Iron, Potassium, Magnesium etc. but has close to 90% carbs which is worse than normal jaggery made out of sugar cane.

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srp321 wrote:

get few stevia plants in house and use their leaf

Will have to search for sourcr

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kurk wrote:

Honey works. But for making sweets you could go with stevia
It’s a plant based product. So completely natural.

Honey , again, is not recommended for diabetics

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kurk wrote:

Honey works. But for making sweets you could go with stevia
It’s a plant based product. So completely natural.

Any specific Indian brand , economical too

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Type II Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and can be cured with lifestyle changes. One such change is to learn to live a less “sweet” life. All artificial sweeteners are harmful. We do not really need sweetener in day to day life. It does not take more than 30 days to adapt to non-sweetened Tea and coffee. Switching to black/green tea and using cinnamon powder for flavouring and sweetening is also one option.
And one can do without eating sweets also. If at all, there is a craving for sweets, condensed milk and fresh coconut pulp can be considered. Instead of sweets, unsweetened chocolate/cocoa can also be an option. And if one leads a controlled lifestyle, with low carbs, and zero intake of white wheat flour, use of meethi (fenugreek) as sugar level controllers, one sweet once a week does not really matter.
PS : I was detected with Type II DM 3 years back with HbA1c reading of 7.9 at that time. Now with lifestyle changes and minimum medication, I am physically much fitter and have HbA1c of less than 5.5

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buy stevia leafs from amazon.

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panchabhut wrote:

Type II Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and can be cured with lifestyle changes. One such change is to learn to live a less “sweet” life. All artificial sweeteners are harmful. We do not really need sweetener in day to day life. It does not take more than 30 days to adapt to non-sweetened Tea and coffee. Switching to black/green tea and using cinnamon powder for flavouring and sweetening is also one option.
And one can do without eating sweets also. If at all, there is a craving for sweets, condensed milk and fresh coconut pulp can be considered. Instead of sweets, unsweetened chocolate/cocoa can also be an option. And if one leads a controlled lifestyle, with low carbs, and zero intake of white wheat flour, use of meethi (fenugreek) as sugar level controllers, one sweet once a week does not really matter.
PS : I was detected with Type II DM 3 years back with HbA1c reading of 7.9 at that time. Now with lifestyle changes and minimum medication, I am physically much fitter and have HbA1c of less than 5.5

Wisely summarized, thanks

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amdoinggood123 wrote:

Any specific Indian brand , economical too

I’m not really sure. Generally I ask some friends to get it from abroad. It didn’t weigh much and lasts really long since a very small pinch goes. It’s really sweet. And takes some time to adjust to the taste.

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kurk wrote:

I’m not really sure. Generally I ask some friends to get it from abroad. It didn’t weigh much and lasts really long since a very small pinch goes. It’s really sweet. And takes some time to adjust to the taste.

Thanks @kurk;

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Dont use any sweetners very harmful than sugar too and also its costly
Stop eating sweet products or eat 2-3 times a month

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pentiumd wrote:

stevia or sweet tulsi

Yes, i have recollection of similar earlier threads.
(on a side note: @justhertochill please can i have “the specifics”)

@amdoinggood123 the long term effects of/ accumulation of synthetic fructose or super refined chemicals ..isn’t properly studied or no empirical data on it.
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While i may not know much of things to recommend.. searching desidime for similar discussion.. http://google.com/search?q=site%3Adesidime.com+...

one gets at-least these two topics👇🏽
[ @StupendousMan @billyboybad and @DealSeeker might have shared some relevant (or ancillary) information there]

@ashutosh99 started https://www.desidime.com/forums/dost-and-dimes/...
and
@bootysweat started https://www.desidime.com/forums/dost-and-dimes/...

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