The Top Natural Sweeteners for Diabetics

The other day I was talking to one of my former personal training clients, and she told me one of her co-workers was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Her physician STRONGLY suggested she totally revamp her diet. Her diet wasn’t the best, and she loved sugary sweets. Now suddenly, she has to give up some of her favorite foods starting yesterday. 

Giving up your favorite junk foods and sweets can be extremely difficult to do, and it may be quite easy for her to revert back to her old ways if the cravings become too intense. One of the worst things you can do to yourself is abuse your body for years, and get to the point where the doctor says “you must stop eating xyz food IMMEDIATELY.”

Think about that for a second: how difficult would it be if your doctor told you to stop eating your favorite junk food or something you’ve been eating for years, right now? This would make the average person miserable, because all the sudden, their entire way of eating must change.

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The key is to not let yourself get to that point and maintain good health habits before things get out of control.

For those who have to monitor their diet because of diabetes, let’s talk about some diabetic friendly natural sweeteners that a person can try.

Top Natural Sweeteners

While some natural sweeteners have antioxidants and other health benefits, it’s important not to overdo it. Moderation is key.Too much of anything isn’t good for you, and that includes natural sweeteners as well. Here are the top natural sweeteners:

Pure maple syrup. It’s made from the sap of maple trees and contains small amounts of potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium and antioxidants.

Raw honey. Unheated and unfiltered honey retains its natural enzymes, antioxidants and minerals. It can also be effecting for fighting coughs and the common cold.

Blackstrap molasses is another good natural sweetener. It can contain almost 20% of your daily value of iron, 10% of your daily value of B6, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.

Coconut sugar is another option. It contain small amounts of iron, zinc, antioxidants and inulin, which is a fiber that acts like a probiotic.

Stevia extract is becoming quite popular. It is a zero calorie sweetener derived from compounds of the South American stevia plant. It’s almost 200 times sweeter than sugar. but it has a bitter aftertaste. People like stevia because it’s not metabolized, meaning it’s simple excreted from the body. As a result, it has zero impact on blood sugar, meaning no spikes or crashes.

If you’re diabetic, pre-diabetic, or simply want to limit your sugar intake, give these natural sweeteners a try. As we said before, moderation is key. Just because they are natural doesn’t mean you can consume them with reckless abandon. Use sparingly and not only can they help satisfy your sweet tooth, you’ll get some great nutritional benefits as well.

Bonus Tip: Spices for Good Health

In addition to natural sweeteners, add spices to your diet. Cinnamon is a spice that is believed to help regulate blood sugar, making it beneficial for diabetics. Spices pack a powerful nutritional punch and are a great way to improve overall health. Here are some great spices to try and some of their amazing benefits.

Get more great health tips in my Amazon Best Sellers: The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness and The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for hard Working professionals. Available in paperback, kindle, and Audible formats on Amazon.

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