Diabetes Care

Food and drinks sweetened with aspartame allow people with diabetes to enjoy the pleasure of sweet taste without the sugar. Aspartame has no impact on insulin and blood glucose levels.

Key Studies:

Canadian Diabetes Association National Nutrition Committee Technical Review: Non-nutritive Intense Sweeteners in Diabetes Management (2004)

D. L. Horwitz, M. McLane and P. Kobe The consumption of beverages sweetened with aspartame did not affect blood sugar levels, either in diabetics or people without diabetes.

The influence of sweetener solutions on the secretion of insulin and the blood glucose level (1993)

B. Härtel, J-H. Graubaum and B. Schneider People who consumed a low calorie beverage had the same blood sugar level as those who had consumed water.

Glucose tolerance, blood lipid, insulin and glucagon concentration after single or continuous administration of aspartame in diabetics (1986)

G. Okuno, F. Kawakami, H. Tako, T. Kashihara, S. Shibamoto, T. Yamazaki, K. Yamamoto and M. Saeki Aspartame had no significant effect on blood glucose levels or other parameters and is a useful alternative to sugar for people with diabetes.

Response to single dose of aspartame or saccharin by NIDDM patients (1988)

D. L. Horwitz, M. McLane and P. Kobe The consumption of beverages sweetened with aspartame did not affect blood sugar levels, either in diabetics or people without diabetes.

Opinions:

Diabetes UK

"Aspartame is virtually free of calories, does not affect blood glucose levels and does not cause tooth decay. It can also be helpful for people who are trying to manage their weight."

European Food Safety Authority

The EFSA Panel confirmed that, "consumption of foods/drinks containing aspartame, for example, instead of sugar induces a lower blood sugar rise after meals compared to sugar-containing foods/drinks".

Low calorie food and drinks sweetened with aspartame are helpful for people who have to manage their diet in order to control diabetes. They reduce the overall carbohydrate load and enable diabetics to enjoy a varied and balanced diet with a close-to-normal amount of sweetness.