Sweeteners that are both natural and artificial and have no effect on blood sugar levels

Sweeteners that are both natural and artificial and have no effect on blood sugar levels

Sweeteners that are both natural and artificial and have no effect on blood sugar levels

In their natural state, none of the natural or artificial sweeteners listed below will influence your blood sugar, but you should check to see whether the manufacturer has added anything else to the product, such as fillers or flavors.

 With the exception of aspartame, none of the sweeteners can be broken down by the body, hence they have no effect on blood sugar levels. Instead of being digested, they will travel through your system unnoticed, providing no additional calories.

 Sweeteners from nature

 In recent years, new natural low-calorie and low-carb sweeteners have entered the market, which is wonderful if you want to minimize your carb intake while still enjoying something sweet.

 We'll go through three distinct natural sweeteners that have little to no effect on your blood sugar levels.


 I'm frequently asked if Stevia is safe for diabetics. And I adore being able to say YES! Stevia is ideal for diabetics because it does not boost blood sugar levels. It's actually my preferred sweetener.

 So, what is Stevia, exactly? Stevia is a 100% natural sweetener because it is made from the leaves of the Stevia Rebaudiana plant. It's available as a powder, extract, or flavored drops in most food stores.

Stevia is around 300 times sweeter than conventional table sugar in its purest processed form, but different products on the market have variable degrees of sweetness, so it's crucial to know how sweet the product you're using is.

 Stevia powder:

I used to buy the usual supermarket brand Stevia powder until I discovered that it was mixed with fillers to make it act like sugar. If you use big amounts, this has a calorie impact as well as a minor influence on your blood sugar.

 The nutritional label will say it's a zero-calorie product, but that's only because the FDA allows any item with less than 0.5 g sugar per serving to be labeled as such.

 Having said that, I still use powdered Stevia as a sugar substitute in baking because it reacts well to heat. If you use a brand like Stevia in the Raw, it replaces sugar one-for-one, and I just accept that it may have a minor/neglectable effect on blood sugars.

 Stevia extract: Instead of powdered stevia, I recommend buying Stevia extract because it is 100% pure Stevia with no additives.

 The extract has a stronger flavor, yet it provides sweetness without adding calories or raising blood sugar levels. If you want a natural sweetener to sweeten your morning coffee or porridge, I think that's a winner. I use the NOW Stevia Extract brand.

 Flavored Stevia Drops: If you have trouble drinking enough water (or simply find plain water boring), Sweet Leaf's Liquid Stevia Drops are a must-try. Simply squirt a few drops into your water for a lemonade-like flavor without the blood sugar spike.

 Fruit of the monks

 Monk fruit is another fantastic option for diabetics because it is a natural sweetener that has no effect on blood sugar levels.

 I've tried it, but I don't think it's a product I'd use because I prefer the taste of Stevia (monk fruit has a slightly fruity aftertaste). However, this is a matter of personal taste; many people enjoy monk fruit.

 If you want to use a natural sweetener but don't like the flavor of Stevia, this is a fantastic option.

 When buying monk fruit extract, read the nutrition label carefully because some companies combine the monk fruit with sweeteners like Erythritol or even sugar and molasses. Monk Fruit in the Raw is a brand I endorse.


 Because it is not digested by the body, allulose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) that should not impact blood sugar levels.

 t's a naturally occurring sweetener that's present in small amounts in a variety of foods like maple syrup, brown sugar, wheat, and fruits (e.g., raisins, dried figs). Unlike those items, which affect blood sugar levels and contribute calories to what you eat or drink, allulose has no such effect and is almost calorie-free.

 Because allulose is 70% sweeter than conventional sugar, you'll need to use somewhat more if you're replacing regular sugar in a recipe or simply sweetening your tea or coffee.

 Allulose has been evaluated by the FDA and found to be a very low-calorie sweetener (less than 0.4 kcal/g). The carbs in allulose are listed on the nutrition label of allulose-containing foods (in contrast to many other low-carb sweeteners), but this is only because the FDA calculates carb counts based on chemical markup rather than blood sugar impact.

 Clinical studies have revealed that allulose can potentially help with blood sugar management, which sets it apart from other natural sweeteners. The investigations were modest, but they demonstrated that when patients who did not have diabetes or who had pre-diabetes ate allulose with carbs, their blood sugar levels were not as high as when allulose was not there.

 Sweeteners Man-Made (FDA approved only)

 The FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and their brand names are listed below.

 None of them should influence your blood sugar, but whether or not they have long-term health repercussions is a matter of debate. I won't go into detail about that in this piece, but I prefer to stick to natural products. Why take the chance if it tastes pretty much the same?


 Sunett & Sweet One acesulfame potassium (also known as acesulfame K)


Equal and Nutrasweet both include aspartame.


Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin, and Sugar Twin are all brands of saccharin.


Splenda – Sucralose


NA – Neotame

 A Sweet Leaf, Sun Crystals, Steviva, Truvia, and PureVia are some of the ingredients in Advantame.

 Low-calorie substitutes

 Sugar alcohols are another type of sweetener that is commonly found in diet meals, “sugar-free” snacks, and sugar-free gum.

 “Sugar alcohols are somewhat fewer in calories than sugar and do not induce tooth decay or create a fast surge in blood glucose,” according to the American Society for Nutrition.

 Maltitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Erythritol, and Isomalt are the most prevalent sugar alcohols (that's a lot of names to memorize, so I just call them the 'ols').

 They do have a lower impact on blood sugar than ordinary sugar, but their main disadvantage is that they also act as laxatives. This implies they'll almost certainly make you gassy or cause bloating. I can eat some of them in little amounts, but Xylitol causes my body to react negatively.

 Sugar alcohols have roughly 2.5 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram for conventional sugar, so if you can stomach them, you can reduce your blood sugar impact by half by utilizing any of these sweeteners. To me, the potential health risks and negative effects are not worth it.

 So, what are the greatest sugar substitutes for diabetics?

 In general, there's no reason not to use one of the sugar-free natural sweeteners like Stevia, monk fruit, or allulose. They're all great for diabetics, and you can pick the one that you believe tastes the best. Stevia in the Raw is my preferred sweetener for baking because it keeps its flavor and behaves the most like sugar when heated.

 Artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols aren't bad, but they can cause problems, the most prevalent of which being digestive problems. As a result, I see no reason to utilize them when there are natural and safe alternatives.

 When it comes to blood sugar impact, sugar substitutes like honey and agave nectar are nearly equivalent to regular sugar. I have both sugar and honey on hand in case I want to prepare anything truly delicious (like a birthday cake), but I try to use it as little as possible.