It's a sad fact of pregnancy that less sugar means healthier babies - hard if you're a mama with sweet...
It's a sad fact of pregnancy that less sugar means healthier babies - hard if you're a mama with sweet cravings or just in general someone who likes sugar. That said, there are sweet treats you can munch that do have less sugar plus you might consider some but not all artificial sweeteners. According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are many artificial sweetener choices, but some are safer than others. On the safe list: Acesulfame Potassium: A sweetener added to baked goods, frozen desserts, sugar free gelatins, puddings and beverages. The FDA says this is safe during pregnancy. Aspartame: (Equal or NutraSweet) Found as an additive to soft drinks, gelatin, desserts, pudding mixes, breakfast cereals, beverages, chewing gum, dairy products, and other foods and drugs. The FDA recommends you keep consumption of aspartame to a moderate level. Sucralose: (Splenda) Sucralose is used in baked goods, baking mixes, non-alcoholic beverages, chewing gum, coffee and tea products, confections and frostings, fats and oils, frozen dairy desserts and mixes, fruit juices, sugar substitutes, sweet sauces, toppings and syrups. The FDA says sucralose is safe for everyone to consume, including pregnant women. Stay clear of the following artificial sweeteners:
  • Saccharin i.e. Sweet 'N Low
  • Stevia
  • Cyclamate
Does safe mean eat it? Well that depends. Some research on healthy weight control note that artificial sweeteners can actually make your body want sweet stuff more. Plus artificial sweeteners are not natural like plain old table sugar. It may be better to eat a small amount of real sugar; say a few squares of real chocolate, then to eat a whole lot of stuff that's got artificial sweeteners in it. Basically, if you plan a healthy pregnancy diet you can also have some sugar in moderation (so long as your doctor or midwife has nothing against it).

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