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If you’re sticking to a low sugar diet, swapping sugar for sweeteners or lower-calorie alternatives is a really good place to start. Here are six of the best


1. Truvia

Why we like it: Great for baking and beverages
A calorie-free granulated natural sweetener made from stevia plant.

low sugar diet truvia

2. Canderel Sugarly

Why we like it: Zero calories
Its sweetness means you use half the amount compared with ordinary sugar.

low sugar diet sugarly

3. Total Sweet

Why we like it: Our top choice for bakes
This xylitol-based sweetener is our top choice for bakes, Substitute like-for-like with ordinary sugar.

low sugar diet total sweet

4. Silver Spoon Half Spoon

Why we like it: Low in calories
This is a halfway house between sweetener and normal sugar – with half the calories of sugar.

low sugar diet half spoon

5. Canderel Sweeteners Tablets

Why we like it: Best for beverages
The go-to choice for drinks – it contains aspartame and acesulfame K.

low sugar diet canderel

6. Splenda Granulated

Why we like it: Intense sweetness
Contains sucralose, so it’s at the intense end of sweet. Use spoon-for-spoon to replace sugar in baking.

low sugar diet splenda