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Kate Guthrie - Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
Despite the myth, sugar does not cause diabetes and a little sugar in moderation can be included as part of a healthy eating plan for people with diabetes. Foods such as milk and fruit contain sugar naturally and are very nutritious, low GI and should be included within a healthy eating plan.

It's alright to have a little added sugar in nourishing foods such as high fibre breakfast cereals, but it's important to be aware of, and limit, foods that contain little else other than added sugar, such as soft drinks, cordials and lollies. Also remember that any food containing carbohydrate, not just sugar, will affect your blood glucose levels.
But, what about artificial sweeteners?

Given that a little sugar is OK, it's not necessary to replace all sugar with artificial sweeteners. However, artificially sweetened or "diet" products may play a role in a healthy diet and are safe choices. For example, you may choose to have a diet soft drink on occasion.
So remember, natural sugars are an important and healthy part of the diet, try to limit foods that have a high added sugar content that include some foods that are artificially sweetened is also fine.

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