Re: Gestational Diabetes
posted at 8/9/2011 3:35 PM EDT
I can't help with GD, per se, but we have a lot of diabetics in my family, and my aunt is a nutritionist and chiropractor, and I just thought I'd add that stevia liquid (NOT powder which is mixed with lactose and other fillers, sometimes even sugar) is awesome
. It's 100% natural, a lot sweeter than sugar so you don't need very much (a "serving" is 5 drops), tastes great in coffee, tea, whatever. I use it in everything I'd otherwise use sugar for, and I do NOT care for Nutrasweet, Saccarin, etc, for health and
taste reasons. It's worth giving a try while sugar is a concern if it's safe for pregnancy, but I can't think of a reason it wouldn't be - it's not a man-made chemical.
My DH likes it, too, and he's even pickier than I am. I made strawberry shortcake with it (in the berries and whipped cream), and my FIL didn't have a clue it wasn't sweetened with sugar.
So, that doesn't answer any of your questions, but hopefully it will make the rest of your pregancy a little tastier. :)
This is the brand I've used (I order from Amazon because I live an hour from WF): KAL Stevia Extract
But, Whole Foods sells the liquid (Trader Joe's does not) with a dropper top, too.