Low Sugar and Sugar-Free
How can people with diabetes enjoy snacks and dessert without sacrificing taste and compromising their blood sugar level? The answer is in using artificial sweeteners in the diabetic recipes or consuming food with low or no carbohydrate content.
Sugar is a natural component of many foods like fruits and vegetables and they may occur as molasses, cane sugar, honey, fructose and brown sugar. These substances, when ingested can raise blood sugar levels which in diabetics can lead to dangerous complications. An option is to use artificial sweeteners with low or no calories such as those found in sugar-free candies and gums.
Low sugar foods are those containing sugar alcohols like isomalt, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol. They have reduced calories and are considered foods with low carb that can raise blood sugar levels minimally. On the other hand, sugar-free foods are those that have no effect on blood sugar but may contain artificial sweeteners.
When reading food labels one must also be aware of those indicating “no sugar" which means the product contains absolutely no carbohydrate but may have artificial sweeteners, versus those labels that say “no sugar added" which means that although none was added the natural fructose or sugar content of the product may still be there.