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The study authors concluded that artificial sweeteners don’t affect blood sugar levels. “If you’re worried about a rise in blood sugar, it’s safe to consume nonnutritive sweeteners alone,” said. Here’s a list of the most common artificial sweeteners: Aspartame Saccharin Acesulfame Potassium Neotame Sucralose. That depends on what’s in the food or drink, but a new review confirms that artificial sweeteners alone won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. “It’s been widely accepted that nonnutritive sweeteners don’t raise blood sugar.

The study authors concluded that artificial sweeteners don’t affect blood sugar levels. “If you’re worried about a rise in blood sugar, it’s safe to consume nonnutritive sweeteners alone,” said study co-author. The study authors concluded that artificial sweeteners don’t affect blood sugar levels. “If you’re worried about a rise in blood sugar, it’s safe to consume nonnutritive sweeteners alone,” said study co-author. You can use most sugar substitutes if you have diabetes, including: Saccharin (Sweet’N Low) Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) Acesulfame potassium (Sunett) Sucralose (Splenda) Stevia (Pure Via, Truvia). As in the people studied, drinking artificial sweeteners did not affect blood sugar levels in all of the mice. That points out differences in the gut bacteria collections from person to person or.

With the exception of aspartame, none of the sweeteners can actually be broken down by the body, which is why they won’t affect your blood sugar. Instead, they’ll pass through your systems. The 5 Best Sugar Substitutes That Won’t Spike Your Blood Sugar Stevia. You’ve probably heard of stevia. This zero-calorie, natural sweetener comes from the leaf of a plant and has no Xylitol.

Xylitol is another natural sweetener that is safe to try if you worry about your blood sugar. Sugar substitutes don’t affect your blood sugar level. In fact, most artificial sweeteners are considered “free foods” — foods containing less than 20 calories and 5 grams or less of carbohydrates.

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Although zero-calorie sweeteners do not raise blood glucose levels like sugar does, they promote insulin resistance and diabetes even more than sugar does.

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Piccadilly Books, Limited, 2017

Foods sweetened with sugar alcohols (sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol, for example) affect blood glucose levels, but not as much as sugar and other nutritive sweeteners do.

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by Roberta Larson Duyff
HMH Books, 2012

The following is a list of the natural sweeteners that I recommend, all of which have little effect on blood sugar.

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However, both of these sweeteners can increase insulin levels, making them a bad choice for people who want to lose weight or who are concerned about developing type 2 diabetes.

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On the other hand, some studies have reported no association of the artificial sweeteners with the incidences of diabetes or glycemic control [44, 45].

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by Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, et. al.
Bentham Science Publishers, 2020

There is general consensus that artificial sweeteners interfere with the body’s delicate and critical insulin balance.

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Unlike artificial sweeteners they can raise blood sugar, but because they are slowly absorbed from the intestinal tract, the rise in blood glucose and demand for insulin is minimal compared to eating pure sugar.

“The 17 Day Diet” by Dr Mike Moreno
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by Dr Mike Moreno
Simon & Schuster UK, 2011

Some people select sweeteners based on their effect on blood glucose levels or their glycemic index.

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And that the sweeteners themselves can do harm in other ways.

“How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered” by Mark Bittman, David Katz
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020

The answer is yes, if you’re willing to switch to mild sweeteners that do not raise your blood glucose levels.

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  • Your blood sugar went up slightly, which indicates that there was no insulin response from these drinks. Insulin would’ve tanked your blood sugar, not raised it. And there is only a tiny amount of calories in the sweeteners so its unlikely the sweeteners themselves raised your blood sugar.

  • So BS 84 @ 6:44a 92 @ 7:52a @ 1:50 How much Diet Coke had you had, how many cans & ounces? So we don’t know what your blood sugar was after how many cans before the Splenda…? Also we don’t know how long it was between your last swallow of sweetener & the BS test.? This was confusing. It can fluctuate for 2 hours after the sweetener. So the Splenda coffee raised it 2 pts? Which is basically nothing. So you were wrong, you thought it would be triple digits or 150… but it was nothing…?

  • Correct. You stole 5 minutes of my life, but I don’t drink soda. I think you need to change the title, it should have been about Diet Drinks and Blood Sugar… not Artificial Sweeteners and Insulin…

  • The monk fruit I use is a powder and it tastes like super sweet sugar. Maybe the liquid has something else in it that makes it takes like vanilla?

  • My knowledge bit expand after see this. Can you do some more for testing how blood sugar increase after consume whey protein?
    Salute from Indonesia dr. James ������

  • Sweatners like stevia don’t raise insulin levels by much blood sugar its different ok sorry doc you’re mixing things up and this video is misleading this doesn’t mean you should load yourself with stevia it has an effect on the liver but not much on insulin levels

  • Interesting results. More likely the carbs that spike blood sugar. P.S. To me, cola is as bad as the stuff you have to drink before a colonoscopy! �� haha

  • You’re also in shape and a coffee with 3 splendas is pretty much an energy drink without all the added goodies like milk thistle, b’s, and l carnitine. You’d have to drink sugar free energy drinks daily for at least a month to notice the negative effects.

    What you did is the same thing as having a diabetic eat healthy for one day and say, “Does eating healthy fight diabetes.” Check sugar at the end of the day and it’s still high and say, “I guess not.”

    Things happen over time, and as a stroke patient, I’m doing a ton of studying. Caffeine raises cortisol, cortisol raises insulin. Too much insulin, without glucose to break down, can cause insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can causes a stroke and/or heart attack.

    Btw, I love your back wall sign.

  • I’m glad you did test because I’m a diabetic. I prick my finger 6 times a day and know it hurt. sometimes the test strip say error and redo it again. I don’t know what time you did the testes but know you did a 8 hour fasting before your test. then to be sure a 15min. test after the 1st meal. this not normal but for test, it show how high the food you ate rise that moment. then next one at 2 hour after eating. this show how the sugar drop. but you did your best. I wish you have try corn syrup,

    normal sugar is 80 to 100. if you had one over 100 check your doctor. one made have good number because you on the keto. I was injecting 100 mil. 4 times a day. I went on a keto, now I inject once a day and using less.

  • The little much was how you put yourselves through testing. I hope you didn’t suffer too much. That pain I understand very much and don’t wish it on anyone, labor is easier and as I had 5 children, I have a little experience in this area.

  • Thank you for this experiment! I love your personal vlog videos so keep them coming. There is so much more to food than just food and I can totally relate to all of it, including family visits and the possible effect of starting the day with a food you stay away from. Thanks for sharing and you do not even look tired for first thing in the morning videos.:)

  • I really like your videos and the help you give but I wish you wouldn’t use the Lord’s name in vain. He loves you but it really does show Him a lot of dishonor. ��

  • fasting at all can raise your sugars as your liver converts stored glycogen to glucose, so maybe this small rise was because you WEREN’T eating, and your body needed some energy? Interesting experiment!

  • the question is not if artificial sweetners raise blood sugars for most don’t. The question is do they raise insulin levels which will make you gain weight and cause other issues like insulin


  • i heard that consuming the sweet drink without the calories leaves your body/brain craving to get those sugars elsewhere so while the drink itself is 0 calories, it might cause you to eat more of other sweet things with sugar in them. i have no idea if it’s true.

  • I found this to be very informative. The testing even though it was a little much and hard to follow some of the explanation of it, bottom lining it helped a lot to clarify results. I have learned a lot from this and other information you have sent out in emails. Thank you for helping to navigate keto diet. I have been struggling with it and my health and this actually helped to clarify some of the things I needed to know to understand so I can achieve better results. Thank you

  • Interesting experiment! I cut out artificial sweeteners for a while and then had a diet coke. I have never wanted sugar so badly as I did a little while after I drank it. I’m on the “natural” sweeteners now: monk fruit, stevia, erythritol, etc. They don’t taste as good but they also don’t make me crave sugar.

  • you’re using the wrong poker. that one by bayer hurts the most out of all that i’ve tried. the One Touch Delica hurts the least because its thrust is more gentle. i wish i had double digit readings. its been years. i cant make it below 150. every morning is between 190 and 220 from the dawn effect that diabetics go through. you should see how bad it is when i get the flu or infection. it literally feels like death.

  • Best to Worst:
    Sukrin Gold (granulated): 4 mg/dL increase
    Sweet Leaf Stevia (liquid drops): 5 incr
    EZ-Sweetz Liquid Sucralose: 5 incr
    Truvia: 8 incr
    Splenda: 11 incr
    Swerve (erythritol): 16 incr
    NuNaturals Monk Fruit: 24 incr
    (the others are out of the question, no way am i eating those)

  • Thanks for doing this Dr. Jim! Very interesting and thought provoking, and it illustrated what I’ve thought for a while. Namely that drinking, cold diet soda is that best way to start off your day, and that there is an effect on your blood sugar.

    I do have a couple of suggestions if you’re thinking of expanding this study (which I would love to see):

    Check your blood sugar upon waking for a week, and maybe throughout the day for a day or two. When you measured your glucose for the first time, I was wondering if that was a typical reading. What if you’re normally at 94 units but that morning you were just low. (I’d like the equivalent of IVR for your glucose.:) )

    I’d love to see this done in triplicate. The scientist in me would love to see you do the same experiment two more times to see how the results varied.

    How would this compare to ingesting the same amount of real sugar?? Are you getting the taste of sugar for only 10-15% of the effect on your body? Or is it 85-100% of the effect? If it’s the former, that wouldn’t be too bad of a trade off, as long a you realize that there is an effect.

    Please don’t take these suggestions as critiques. I really enjoyed the video and I’m reluctantly going to share it with my wife, who decided I was going to stop drinking diet Coke about two years ago. I’m not sure how that worked, but I used to drink a few cans a day, and now it’s only on special occasions.

  • I remember searching up IMO after hearing about how amazing the Sukrin syrup are and all those keto bars and fudges that use them. And there are other studies that support this as well… Isomalto-oligosacchrides (IMO) are probably not keto friendly at all, avoid those choleric sweetners at all cost!

  • Oh wow! Thank you so much for doing this experiment. I use fiber syrup frequently to make keto granola. I won’t be doing that anymore!! Btw, my bestie just turned me on to your channel and I’m loving it! Keep up the great work!

  • I was taken aback by some of your numbers. As a prediabetic I can tell you that a fasting blood glucose of 100 or above is prediabetic levels. And after the sugar coffee? Post meal numbers of above 140 is also prediabeties range. (120 or lower is normal post meal blood sugar, even after a high carb high sugar meal.) The fiber syrup? Way yikes! 200+ post meal is diabetic range and you were getting up there!

    I was also surprised at the heavy cream number, because you were real close to what is considered a spike. Above 20 points of difference between pre meal and post meal is considered a spike and that usually means the food in question need to re-evaluated or removed from the diet. You’re not quite there but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
    Coffee or just caffeine by itself can cause rises and spikes in blood sugar, because it can cause the body to release cortisol, which in turn can cause the liver to release stored glycogen in the form of glucose.

    I know you said you’re not pre diabetic so you don’t know what all this really means, so I wanted to take the time to give you some info. I am a big fan and want to make sure you’re as well as possible! So if you’re doing keto and you’re still getting fasting blood sugars of 100 or more and post meal numbers like that, you really should be evaluated for pre diabetes or diabetes. Your A1C may be okay because you’re low carb, but I bet the glucose tolerance test would send you through the roof. Keep an eye on post meal numbers at the very least, and I would really suggest talking to your dr about your higher fasting blood glucose numbers.

  • Thank you for doing this. I had no idea that artificial sweeteners would raise your blood sugar until my son told me a few days ago. I really needed this information at this time. Thanks for all the early morning finger sticks.

  • I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I appreciate you doing this experiment so please keep doing videos like this. I absolutely love your channel!!!

  • Tastewise, we’ve tried just about all sugar substitutes and we think monk fruit has the best taste and the least aftertaste. It may have had the highest increase in your tests, but other channels have shown it to be one of the better alternatives for diabetics. Everyone’s taste is different, but monk fruit is our ‘go-to’ replacement now.

  • This is a great and extremely helpful video. You’ve made me realize I need to do this too. Some thoughts and questions that came up:
    1. So interesting that the Sucrin gold packet had a much lower effect than the Swerve.
    2. The high effect of the syrup goes in line with what total carb counting advocates say, count total carbs especially on packaged goods. I had to switch to total carbs from net.
    3. I remember reading that Dr. Fung said to keep cream down to 1 or 2 teaspoons if you don’t want your blood sugars to be effected. Personally I have a tablespoon because it’s just so much tastier.
    4. The liquid versions of sweetners usually don’t have the added maltodextrin/ dextrose.
    5. So what sweetner are you using now?
    Thanks for doing this!!

  • I have found that, as a diabetic, SOME DEFINITELY DO SPIKE BLOOD SUGAR. You have not researched it. My blood Glucose monitor does not lie.

  • I would like to see what High fructose corn syrup looked like. Of course I do not blame you for not putting that poison in your body.

  • The chart at 14:58 shows that Matt’s ketones consistently decreased while Megha’s increased in response to non nutritive sweeteners. Is that an individual thing or a gender thing? Does anyone know?

  • This is something I have noticed, America seems to be hooked on sweetness. I bought perfectketo base (coffee) exogenous ketones. They are sweetened by Monk fruit. Which is so Saccharine sweet to me, with such a horrible aftertaste, that I cannot take it beyond half a teaspoonful in 500ml of coffee. I’ve not had sugar for years, and I’m European. I figure it must just be a cultural thing. The desire for sweetness is nothing I was expecting to find. I’ll have to be more aware of it in future.

  • I love the VLOG style videos… especially since you are such a cutie pie, just out of bed. Really. No kidding. You’ve never been cuter… freckles and all!

  • Hi Wes! Can you re-do this experiment mid-day? It’s a lot to ask, but, morning glucose levels are notoriously unstable in comparison (dawn effect). Please?

  • mmmm…… and you do know that consuming coffee or any other caffeinated drinks actually causes temporary insulin resistance? and that means that the insulin in your body is unable to break down any glucose in your body, so obviously you will have high blood glucose readings……

  • I use xylitol All the time and have for the last four years. I also have type two diabetes which is and has been completely controlled for the last six years/meaning I no longer take medicine and my three month blood test show under the normal level. I know everyone is different but I just wanted to let you know xylitol does not and has never spiked my insulin level.

  • I wouldn’t take anything less than a 20 point change as meaning anything. I didn’t see these big changes even from going from a keto type meal to water fasting for six or so hours. I didn’t measure soda intake, but if food won’t spike it would a few diet sodas mater? In my tests I went all the way from 125 to 75 (over seven different tests). I’d certainly do more tests if someone would pay for the strips. IO like the fact that you’re testing yourself and not pulling out the same two tired studies (maybe done on rats) that everyone else is regurgitating.

  • This is good info. I have only been on the Keto plan for 1 week, and I was so glad to find your channel! I appreciate anything I can learn from you and you are so easy to watch. You know how some people you just can’t watch for one reason or another?

  • Oh man you can tell you are not diabetic heh… When you use the lancer, do not do it in the middle of the tip of your finger that is where all the pain receptors are silly. Do it on the side of the tip of your finger a little below where your nail line would be, pain gone and you can always use the other side of your finger the next time you test. It comes in handy when you have to test multiple times a day as I “USED” to have to do. Keto has made that necessity null and void.:o) Otherwise loved this project thanks for taking one for the team.

  • Thank you so much for doing this testing, you’re awesome! ♥ The graph at the end is so helpful! So glad I can continue to use stevia! All the best:)

  • I don’t use any sweeteners I just eat food the way it is naturally. Most of us live to eat and have little or no self control. And some eat to live and avoid all sweets just eat food as it naturally is.

  • any sweetener? that’s my doubt (serious) for example in the case of sodium cyclamate, and saccharine, I didn’t fins any study (I do not spend much time searching for it  must admit) 

  • I wish you had done sweet n low. Thats a combination tho so I get why you might want to leave it out. I’ll try myaelf and report back

  • I’m confused. Your BS went up from 84 to 92 and that is significant? I’ve seen black coffee alone make blood sugar go up more than that. Also, your blood sugar fluctuates for many reasons an 8 point swing is pretty much nothing imo. To really get to the bottom of this try a morning with diet sodas and a morning with water only and compare the difference. I’m willing to bet there is a small BS response for diet soda but probably insignificant big picture.

  • This video viewing is a result of 3 others I found one of which was your pumpkin pie video that talks about sweeteners and blood sugar I’ve found in the past 2 weeks. It’s something I never knew could happen. I suspect I have the same thing happening to me so I will be figuring out what sweeteners do and don’t set my system off. Thank you for doing this video it is of great benefit to me and a great many others I suspect.

  • TY for doing this testing..our family uses Erythritol and Stevia..however I tried early on to cook with Xylitol it really messed with my hubbies tummy he couldn’t stay out of the bathroom..So glad to see that our favs to use on a regular basis were good and they were your favorite ones too!