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Sugar Alternatives for Your Elderly Loved One

Looking for something sweet to replace the sugar in your senior loved one’s diet? There are many sweetener options on the market just as capable of the job as sugar. The senior care experts at Home Care Assistance Philadelphia have a few helpful suggestions that might do the trick, so read on and find the best choice for your loved one.

Stevia

Stevia is a sweetener derived from a plant and is much sweeter than sugar. It also contains no calories and won’t spike your loved one’s blood sugar, making it a better alternative for seniors with diabetes.

Splenda

Splenda is derived directly from sugar itself. Just like stevia, Splenda contains zero calories, won’t spike blood sugar, and is a common replacement for sugar in baked goods.

Xylitol

If your elderly loved one has a sweet tooth and just can’t get candy off his or her mind, xylitol is a sweetener often found in store-bought candies. It has fewer calories than sugar and minimally impacts blood sugar.

Raw Honey

If blood sugar isn’t a concern, but you still want a healthier option for your loved one, you might want to try raw honey. Unlike sugar, raw honey contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. For an even greater health benefit, try to find local raw honey, as it may help ward off pesky seasonal allergies.

Fruit

Dates, rich with fiber and vitamins, can make a great alternative to sugar. Bananas and applesauce are good sources of vitamin C and can be used to sweeten breads, cookies, and shakes. Even potassium-packed raisins can sweeten a batch of muffins. Fruit juices, especially freshly squeezed and those without sugar, can also offer vitamins and cancer fighting flavonoids.

A positive change in diet always has the potential to improve your loved one’s health. To learn more about promoting senior health and wellness, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly and 24-hour care in Philadelphia, and our compassionate caregivers can grocery shop, prepare healthy meals, and encourage regular activity. To learn more, give us a call at (215) 645.4663 or (484) 643.4663. One of our qualified Care Managers would be happy to schedule a free in-home consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.