Sugar And Sugar Substitutes

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Limit SUGAR

In general it is important to limit sugar intake.  Reasons to limit your intake of sugar include:

  • Avoid unnecessary EMPTY calories
  • Reduce your risk of dumping syndrome

Choose products that are labeled “sugar-free.”  They will have less than ½ gram of sugar per serving.

  • Choose beverages with <5 grams of added sugar
  • Choose solid foods with <15 grams of added sugar

Limits on added sugars per day for health:

  • Men: 9 teaspoons (45 grams sugar)
  • Women: 6 teaspoons (30 grams sugar)

Read Food Labels and Ingredient Lists

Ingredients are always listed from most to least by weight in the product.  Avoid products that have sugar listed in the first 5 ingredients.

Other names for sugar:

Corn Syrup

Molasses

Dextrose

Granulated Sugar

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Honey

Fructose

Confectioner’s Sugar

Corn Sweetener

Syrup

Glucose

Raw Sugar

Turbinado

Levulose

Sucrose

Brown Sugar

 

Avoid Sugar Alcohols

Sugar alcohols can cause gas and diarrhea and are not well tolerated.  These are often referred to as “Sugar Replacers.”

Sorbitol

Xylitol

Mannitol

Maltitol

Lactitol

Erythritol

Isomalt

 

Artificial Sweeteners (Sugar Substitutes) are Permitted

Examples of artificial sweeteners:

Generic Name

Brand Name

Acceptable Daily Intake

Mg/packet

Aspartame

NurtaSweet®, Equal®

40 mg/kg

40

Saccharin

Sweet’n Low®

5 mg/kg

40

Sucralose

Splenda®

15 mg/kg

11

Stevia

Herbal Sweetener

4 mg/kg

9

Acesulfame – K

Acesulfame Potassium

15 mg/kg

50

Information from NonNutritive Sweeteners:Current Use and Health Perspectives, A Scientific Statement from the AHA and the ADA

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