Is there any type of sugar that's best for someone with diabetes?

3 answers | Last updated: Sep 14, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

what kind the sugar is the best to take when you have diabetes? Is brown sugar good for me?



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Proudmary answered...

I don't know for sure if it's better or worse than white cane sugar, You could search for its number on the glycemic index. Honey has a lower number than White, Guava nectar even lower. Honey is supposedly a brain booster as well, giving you better brain function for a few hours after you eat it. I cannot cite anything on this, my info comes from years of gathering info from naturalist web sites, cook books and magazines.


A fellow caregiver answered...

Stevia is from the Stevia herb leaves which are 95% pure glycosodes and erythritol and crystals granulated from naturally produced filler naturally found in fruits, vegetables and grains. This is a fine powder which is a great sweetener and one only needs a very small amount like 1/8 of a teaspoon to sweeten a cup of coffee or cocoa. It can be purchased online or at healthfood stores. I use it frequently though I'm not diabetic and it tastes great but don't know about it's use if you're diabetic.


Ca-claire answered...

Here is a copy of a glycemic index from the internet. The lower the glycemic index, the better. It's a matter of taste, and how much control you want to have over your diabetes. Good luck.

Sweetener/Glycemic Index; Stevia/< 1; Agave syrup/15; Fructose/22; Brown rice syrup/25; Raw honey/30; Barley malt syrup/42; Sugar cane juice/43; Lactose/46; Maple syrup/54; Evaporated cane juice/55; Black strap molasses /55; High fructose corn syrup;62; Sucrose (white sugar);64/ Brown sugar/64; Glucose/96;

So to answer your direct question - brown sugar is the same as white sugar, no better as a sweetener, no worse. If you are looking for sweetening which will affect your blood sugar less, stevia would be the best, however brown rice syrup has a great taste and is much lower on the glycemic scale than sugar.