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        Healthy Sweetener Use Guide

Sweeteners to Use Sweeteners to Avoid
Stevia * Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel)
Other Low Carb Sweeteners Neotame
Evaporated Cane Juice Sucralose (Splenda, Altern)
Fruit Juice Acesulfame-K (Sunette, Sweet & Safe, Sweet One)
Rice SyrupCyclamates
Licorice Root (small amounts)Refined Sugar #
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)High Fructose Sweeteners #
Vegetable Glycerin...
Sugar Alcohols (xylitol, sorbitol) ^...
Maple Syrup (Without Added Sugar)...
Barley Malt...
* Safe for Diabetics# Can Be Used in Very Small Amounts
While Transitioning to Healthier Sweeteners
^ Use in Small Amounts
Avoid if you have bowel disease

Note: Many diabetics can use some amount of healthy caloric sweeteners such as evaporated cane
juice. Check with your healthcare practitioner for more information.

Other Sweeteners (Diabetic-Safe, Low-Carb)

In addition to stevia, there are other natural sweeteners that are used by diabetics and persons eating a low carbohydrate diet. Such sweeteners include:

  • Lo Han Fruit Extract (SlimSweet, SugarNot)
  • Agave Nectar & Syrup
  • Yacon Syrup (Molasses-like taste)
  • Xylitol Gum or Xylitol Gum
  • Just Like Sugar

    Stevia may be the best choice for a diabetic-safe, low-carbohydrate sweetener See the Healthier Sweetener Resource List for manufacturers and retailers.

    Avoiding Hidden Aspartame & Artificial Sweeteners

    Aspartame can be found on the ingredients list in the following products:

    Please check labels carefully and compare it against the list of "Sweeteners to Avoid". Many people make the mistake of not checking labels carefully and continue to poison themselves. In addition, many people do not realize that their children may be given aspartame- or other artificial sweetener-containing foods or drugs at school without their knowledge. (Note: In some countries such as Australia, the word "aspartame" may not appear on the label, but the phrase "Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine" appears instead.) Talk to the school director and to the local PTA to assure that this does not happen.

    Many people find it much easier to avoid toxic sweeteners by shopping at the local, large health food store when possible. Many health food stores have banned artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame) for obvious reasons. But it is still important to check labels as some health food stores are unknowingly selling aspartame, acesulfame-k, and sucralose!

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