The 9 Best Sugar Substitutes for People With Type 2 Diabetes

This sweetener aids diabetics. New York dietitian Keri Glassman, RD, CDN, says Splenda is 600 times sweeter than sugar yet has no effect on blood sugar.


Saccharin is 300 to 500 times sweeter than sugar and calorie-free. Aspartame was accidently found in coal tar in 1879.


Equal and NutraSweet, which contain aspartame, are 200 times sweeter than sugar. Aspartame is low-calorie, but not zero.


Stevia leaves contain steviol glycosides. Stevia-based sweeteners Truvia and Pure Via. Nonnutritive sweeteners, like stevia, don't affect blood sugar.


Sugar alcohols come from plant fibres (polyols). Many "sugar-free" sweets include sugar alcohols, according to IFIC.

Sugar Alcohols

According to the American Diabetes Association, erythritol contains less than 1 calorie per gramme and doesn't alter blood sugar levels.


Nonnutritive southern China sweetener. The FDA says the extract is calorie-free and 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar.

Monk Fruit Sweetener

200x sweeter than sugar. Sweet One is often mixed with sugar. Diet Mountain Dew and Coca-Cola include aspartame.

Acesulfame Potassium

Wheat, raisins, figs, brown sugar, and molasses contain allulose. Dolcia Prima offers 90% less calories and 70% as much sweetness as sucrose.


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