Claire Kennedy, RD CKennedy@nvna.org and Virginia Lavin, RN.
Artificial sweeteners calorie free but at what cost?
Did you know that artificial sweeteners can actually cause you to gain weight? If you use them in excess they help to keep you addicted to a super sweet taste and choosing foods that are more unhealthy.
It is far better to choose foods that have less sugar in them. That also goes for people with diabetes. According to the ADA, it is safe for people with diabetes to use regular sugar, within limits, of course.
One teaspoon of regular sugar contains four carbohydrates and can be worked into a healthy meal plan. The ADA has given a cautious nod to the use of artificial sweeteners. It is far better to tame that sweet tooth and choose foods that are more nutritious such as, fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Diabetes Support Group meets the first Monday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m.at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell. Open to all South Shore residents, the group includes both people with diabetes and caregivers.
Diabetes Group Leaders – Claire Kennedy, RD CKennedy@nvna.org and Virginia Lavin, RN.