Are all sweeteners safe during pregnancy?

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It’s well known that excess sugar is bad for your health, and contrary to popular belief most sweeteners have been deemed safe for pregnancy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US, yet many doctors and nutritionists still ask their patients to stay away from them due to potential toxic effects.

Natural or nutritive sweeteners, like sucrose (table sugar), honey and fructose have no overt toxicity, but will cause a glycaemic effect on the body. In other words, they cause blood sugar to rise.

In some cases, this can lead to unnecessary weight gain during pregnancy. In women at risk of gestational diabetes, sugar and sugary foods can be detrimental to the baby’s development. Sugar is also “empty calories”, which means it contains very little nutrition.

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