Sugar-free does not mean carb-free
A few popular sugar substitutes include:
- Aspartame. Also called NutraSweet or Equal (Merisant).
- Sucralose. Sold under the tradename Splenda, this sweetener has no carbohydrates and no calories.
- Sugar alcohols. Also called polyols, these aren’t completely absorbed during digestion and therefore may cause less of a rise in blood glucose levels. They can also have a laxative effect for many people, so should be taken in small doses.
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
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