Added sugar is bad for a diabetic diet, since it loads up carbs and can spike your blood sugar. You don’t have to give up sweet foods altogether, though. Safe sugar substitutes can be used in place of natural sugar, keeping things sweet without adding calories or carbs. Like everything else in life, of course, you’ll still need to eat or drink these things in moderation, but they can help you enjoy desserts or just a sweeter meal without risking dangerous spikes in your blood sugar levels.There are six (6) FDA-approved sugar substitutes: acesulfame K, aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, neotame, and advantame. You can buy foods that use these ingredients instead of regular sugar, or you can get them for your kitchen and use them yourself. Keep in mind, they are extra sweet, so they should be used sparingly. In baking, they’re often combined with real sugar for better baking effects. If you’d like help figuring out sugar substitutes in your diabetic diet, let us know at Podiatry Associates, P.C. We’re happy to help. Call (303) 805-5156 to make an appointment at our Parker, Castle Pines, or Denver offices.