Sugar And Sugar Substitutes

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Reasons to limit your intake of sugar:

  • 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 are:

Corn SyrupMolassesDextroseGranulated Sugar
High Fructose Corn SyrupHoneyFructoseConfectioner’s Sugar
Corn SweetenerSyrupGlucoseRaw Sugar
TurbinadoLevuloseSucroseBrown Sugar



Sugar alcohols can cause gas and diarrhea and are not well tolerated

These are often referred to as “Sugar Replacers”



Artificial Sweeteners (Sugar Substitutes) are permitted

Examples of artificial sweeteners:

Generic NameBrand NameAcceptable Daily IntakeMg/packet
AspartameNurtaSweet®, Equal®40 mg/kg40
SaccharinSweet’n Low®5 mg/kg40
SucraloseSplenda®15 mg/kg11
SteviaHerbal Sweetener4 mg/kg9
Acesulfame – KAcesulfame Potassium15 mg/kg50

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

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