Is no sugar the same as sugar free or low sugar?

No sugar added means that the product has no added cane sugar, but still has natural sugar from the fruit or dairy (ex. fructose or lactose). Sugar-free means that there is no cane sugar, but sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners are added to give the product a sweet taste without the excess calories of cane sugar. Low-sugar is a bit more tricky. You must read the label of any product that is labeled as low-sugar because this can just mean “lower sugar” than the regular product, but might not necessarily mean that it is truly low-sugar. Aim for items with 5 grams or less of added sugar. Limiting sugar intake is best for long-term success after bariatric surgery.

Should you use sugar substitutes?

Studies on the safety of sugar substitutes are conflicting. They often have small sample sizes, are not tested on humans, or are given large doses that would be much higher than standard consumption. We recommend consuming everything in moderation.

Looking for a healthier dessert? Check out this Peanut Butter Protein Dip:

6 oz plain greek yogurt
2 tbsp powdered peanut butter
1 scoop Bariatric Fusion chocolate protein powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve with fresh fruit.
177 calories, 2g fat, 15g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 8g sugar, 26g protein

*Recipe from Bariatric Fusion