According to recent research at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Sao Paolo, sweeteners vary in efficiency for managing type 2 diabetes . Making the right choice of sweetener is very important for people with type 2 diabetes . The research team investigated how sweeteners such as date sugar and less refined dark sugar could influence type 2 diabetes .
Kalidas Shetty, who joint led the study, reportedly commented: “Depending on their origin and grade of refining, many sweeteners contained significant amounts of antioxidants, which have the potential to control diabetes-linked high blood pressure and heart disease . Several types of sweeteners also showed an interesting potential to inhibit the action of a key enzyme related to Type 2 diabetes, which is also the target of drugs used to treat this condition.”
She reportedly continued: “Replacing sugars in processed foods and beverages with low calorie and noncaloric sweeteners is one long term strategy for Type 2 diabetics. But these results indicate that a strategic choice of dietary sweeteners, especially less refined sugars close to the original nature of the ingredients found in whole plants, also has potential in managing Type 2 diabetes and related complications. This provides a strong rationale for further animal and clinical studies for better diet design.”

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