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					Diabetics use several types of sweeteners as sugar alternatives. These sweeteners are
sometimes natural, such as Stevia and fruit juice. Other sweeteners are man-made,
such as Aspartame (as-per-teym) and Splenda. Different sweeteners are often used in
different ways. For example, Aspartame is frequently used in diet beverages whereas
Splenda is most often used in prepared foods and by the teaspoon. Always use natural
as well as artificial sweeteners depends on the condition while preparing snacks and
recipes, snacks of diabetes are a great way to keep your energy levels high throughout
the day
  Natural Sweeteners
  On the whole, natural sweeteners are safer and healthier for the body. Stevia and
fruit juices give the body nutrients and minerals and may even help to regulate the
blood sugar level. Stevia is calorie-free, so it will not cause weight gain or lead to
complications of weight gain. Also, Stevia will not cause a fast rise in blood sugar.
Use only natural sweeteners while preparing recipes for diabetics person for
maintaining blood sugar level.
  The Coca Cola company has introduced the "Truvia??" brand. PepsoCo will
introduce their execution of a Stevia natural sweetener. Look for them.
  Fruit juice, however, does tend to contain a large amount of calories and does raise
the blood sugar level when taken. Therefore, it is not recommended that Diabetics
consume large amounts of fruit juice. Diabetics should take Sugar Free Cakes and
sugarfree chocolate for maintaining proper blood glucose level in their blood.
  Natural sweeteners tend to be more expensive and harder to come by than artificial
sweeteners. Furthermore, when in liquid form, natural sweeteners have a shorter shelf
life. As a result, most processed foods and commercial outlets prefer to use and sell
artificial sweeteners.
  Artificial Sweeteners
  Artificial sweetener brands such as, Splenda ??, Equal ??, Sweet'N Low ??, and
Sunetta ?? are widely used to help control weight. They are not converted to energy
by the body to give calories. This means that they have no energy units that can be
stored by the body as fat.
  However, they do mimic the effects of sugar on the body. As such, when a person
consumes an artificial sweetener, the body will not think that it has consumed sugar
because the sucrose portion has been changed. The pancreas will not release insulin to
deal with this 'ghost' sugar. Consequently, blood sugar levels will be unaffected.
However, sugar alcohols are different.
  Side Effects
  The subject of side effects is quite controversial depending who supporters and
opponents are. Opponents believe there are serious side effects that are associated
with many artificial sweeteners. The majority of these side effects are associated with
Aspartame (Equal ??). One should suffering from diabetes should take Diabetes
Insulin Pump. One key issue with Aspartame (Equal ??) is it is not heat stable.
Therefore it is broken down into components like ammonia by the body and at
elevated temperatures during cooking and baking. Aspartame is partially broken down
by the body's digestive process. The by-product phenylanaline is dangerous to people
with a specific disease. Aspartame accounts for about 70% of the sweetener market.
There is little value in printing supposed medical problems due to the use of
Aspartame. Scientific data does not yet prove the side effects of this artificial
sweetener.
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