Sugar-free products. Sugar-free is important for managing diabetes, but pay attention to carbohydrates. If the label says sugar-free and there are fewer carbohydrates, you’re good to go.
If the choice is between a sugar-free product with just as many carbohydrates as a standard product, you’re better off choosing based on price or taste.
Quick Tip: When you see sugar-free on a label it means less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving.
No sugar added doesn’t mean low or no-carb. A lot of food labels say “no sugar added” but these foods might have tons of carbs. No sugar added simply means no sugar was added during processing or packaging.
Sugar alcohols have hidden carbs. Sugar alcohols often found in foods include sorbitol, xylitol and mannitol, often used in sweeteners, are not necessarily free of carbs or calories.