Ask Laura: Organic Cane Sugar and Diabetes

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Sugar at Amazon.comI got this question in the comments the other day:

I am type 2 diabetic.May I use organic cane sugar as a sweetener instead of splenda?

Dear Manoucher,

Firstly, it’s NEVER a good idea to get medical advice from the Internet. My favorite quote from Chasing Windmills is true in every case:

If you trust Google more than your doctor then maybe it’s time to switch doctors.

Jadelr and Cristina Cordova, Chasing Windmills, 08-21-06

That said, it seems the question is whether organic cane sugar will affect a diabetic the same as NORMAL sugar. Can you use organic cane sugar instead of Splenda?

The answer to that question is NO.

Just because something is organic doesn’t automatically mean it’s healthy. Organic cane sugar is still SUGAR. It has the word right in its name. It will effect you the same way as white sugar or high fructose corn syrup or any of the other foods that are restricted for diabetics.

The reason why so many people prefer organic cane sugar to high fructose corn syrup is because they think it TASTES better. I’m not sure whether that’s true or not. Personally, I can’t tell the difference between USA Coca-Cola (made with high fructose corn syrup) and Mexican Coca-Cola (made with cane sugar), but a lot of people say they can tell the difference.

If you’re diabetic, however, organic cane sugar acts exactly the same in your body as beet sugar or corn syrup. They are all simple carbohydrates that break down easily in the body and wreak havoc on insulin levels.

Remember to talk to your doctor, but if you’re diabetic, I think you should stay away from ALL sugars.

Good luck,
Laura Moncur


3 Responses to “Ask Laura: Organic Cane Sugar and Diabetes”

  1. Margie Says:

    Ok fine. No sugr. I happen to be one of te 25% of the US populationn who just cannot tolerate Sweeta, Splenda, Pink stuff, blue stuff ad nauseum. I have been diabetic for ll years. I eat a lot of protien, but have had recently had trouble with blood sugar swimgs – 77 one morning, 285 next day. My total sugar intake consistes of two six gram sugar graham crackers. Also WHY WHY WHY since obesity and diabetes are endemic, don’t they have more shelves and offerings in groceries, et for Diabetics? They cost twice as much for half the amount. Someone is sleeping in DC. Lots of sugar makes lots of diabetics and lots of obesity. If I can gigure this out why can’t the food companies and the PHD’s But whatever, I would love to see the alcholocs, pain pill users, smokers etc. have to go thru looking at the Coke or Pepsi or Dr. Pepper and KNOW you can[t have it I think that there is not more research into this because the companies (drugs) that make all the insulin, meds, sticky finger sticks, meters don’t want to give up the income. Diabetis is a treatable condition, like breast cancer or heart trouble without having to live your life bound down too the receipe book

  2. Viky Says:

    I think is very srange that when I go to any country in southamerica or Europe, we found so many things for people with disbetes, but here USA the most rich country in the world, does not have even a quarter of the amount of food for diabetic that other countries have? The adulcorants are all bad for us, because the quimicals in it, so I do not know wish will kill us first, the organic sugar, or the adulcorants? We are in our own on this battle, the only things doctors know to do with us is prescribe pills t o maintain the illness, but not solutions, shame for this great country our fathers build thinking in the future will have good peoples like them directing the country, but is not happening!! Disturbing situation ah?

  3. Mary Says:

    I amdiabetic 2 as well and I don’t tolerate the synthetic sweetners. I absolutely hate Splenda, look it up and see how it is processed. That said now look up Stevia which is a natural sweetner and has no effect on the body or your diabetes. I personally use vanilla creme sweet drops (stevia in liquid form) a couple of drops will do the job. It can be found in your healthfood stores, costs around $11 but lasts a very long time. Also has other flavors and can be used in baking. I say google it and read about it.

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