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Is sugar-free safe for non-diabetes people?


Deeksha Khare says

As a general rule, it's exactly as safe for non-diabetic as for diabetic. What you need to watch is what's been used to replace the sugar. Possibly the manufacturer has simply stopped adding sugar to something that never needed it in the first place, but we're not usually that lucky. There are a whole range of artificial sweeteners available, with different uses, different tastes, different prices, and in some cases different interesting side effects. Cheapest and oldest is saccharin. Nasty bitter aftertaste, found in some cheap soft drinks. Next up is aspartame. This has a bit of a bad rep, though research on what harm it causes is still being argued about. Found in soft drinks, yoghurt, and quite a lot of other processed food. Sucralose is the new “common” sweetener, found in those little yellow packets of powder to go in your coffee, and in a lot more soft drinks than it used to be. Harmless as far as I know. Stevia tends to come in green packets and is said to be good because it's “natural”. So is cyanide… Found in places you'd tend to find sucralose, only with green labels and a higher price. Finally there's the sugar alcohols, with names ending in “itol”. Malitol and Xylitol are the ones I know best, and tend to see on good sugar-free chocolate. Xylitol in particular is expensive, but worth it. Warning, though - most sweets made with sweeteners come with a warning about possible laxative effects. Some people are much more sensitive than others, but I'd suggest taking that warning seriously until you know how you personally react. Jelly babies on Amazon are particularly notorious for it, but then really, if you eat an entire packet of any sort of sweets in one go, you deserve the results.