Answered by Tamara Kurtis Randall, MS, RD, LD
Q. I was diagnosed about 9 months ago with diabetes. At first, I stayed
away from sweets altogether, including sugarfree products. At first I
noticed mild nausea.
Now, if I eat ANYTHING with sorbitol in it, I have
sever stomach cramps and diahrea. I am eating below the recommended serving
I've always had a sweet tooth, so what other choices do I have?
I usually recommend avoiding products
that contain sugar alcohols for that reason and because they do have a
slight effect on blood sugar.
Products labeled sugar free that won't
produce the unpleasant GI effects are sweetened with SplendaR, NutraSweetR,
In reality, however, people with diabetes can have a small
amount of a regular, sugar-sweetened candy or baked product. It will taste
better, cost less and not cause any unpleasant side effects!