Sugar vs. Sugar Substitutes
- Sugar: Is it bad for you?
- Eating too much sugar adds extra calories to your daily total, which can cause weight gain. It is best to "spend" your calories on nutritious foods instead. However, in moderate amounts, sugar can be part of a healthful diet.
- Sugar Substitute: Why use it?
- When you want to enjoy your favorite foods without as many calories, especially if you are following a weight control program or if you have diabetes. Sugar substitutes may help you to manage your blood sugar.
- Stevia-Is it safe?
- Stevia, eaten in moderate doses, is safe for most people to consume. However, pregnant or breast feeding should avoid it. People taking diabetes or blood pressure drugs should use with caution as the product is not proven for long term use. Stevia (Ste-VEE-uh) is an herb that is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. It contains no calories and does not raise blood sugar levels. It has been used in other parts of the world for several years and is also available as a dietary supplement.
Check with your doctor or registered dietitian about the dosage and possible risks and benefits of any sugar substitute.
Source: Susan Blenner, MS, RD, CD; Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden, UT