As a diabetic, the desire for something sweet must be carefully calculated into my diet each day. There are many wonderful recipes available both on the Internet and in printed cookbooks. Now that the holidays are here, baking cookies and other sweets will become more of a part of my meal planning. The use of sugar and sugar substitutes can be very confusing. This article presents the reader with information and links to learn more about using sugar substitutes for preparing daily meals.
Tips for using sugar, blends, and sugar substitutes taken from the Diabetic Living Cookbook by Better Homes and Gardens:
For baking cakes and other delicate baked goods, the test kitchen concluded that it’s best to use the sucralose-sugar blend (Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking) based on weighing carbohydrates and calories against cost, flavor and other characteristics. For prolonged baking, they suggest using the bulk forms of sucralose or saccharin or using acesulfame-K, or adding aspartame after cooking. For recipes that do not need heating, you can use and form of the substitutes.
When baking with sugar substitutes, you can expect the following results:
Cake volumes may be lower.
Cookies may be more compact and won’t spread as much during baking.
Baked products will be lighter in color because sugar is not present to caramelize and brown.
Foods bake faster than when made with sugar.
Here are several points to consider when using sugar substitutes:
In baking, replace no more than half the sugar with sugar substitute.
Check baked foods 5 to 10 minutes earlier because they may cook faster.
For yeast breads, leave some sugar as food for the yeast.
Consider the flavor as it may be one of the most important factors.
Cookies made with sugar substitutes are softer and lighter.
Sugar substitutes work best in recipes where sugar is primarily used for sweetening.
Often an aftertaste will be present when sugar substitutes are used.
Possible problems associated with the long term use of sugar substitutes are still being in investigated. Here are links to some articles you may want to read to answer some of the questions you may have about sugar substitutes and your health.
Some web sites to visit for recipes using sugar substitutes:
About Truvia™ Natural Sweetener- How It Gets Its Honestly Sweet® Taste
Other recipe sites using sugar substitutes: