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Sweet Treats List for the South Beach Diet

Treats and Artificial Sweeteners Allowed on the South Beach Diet


Updated June 04, 2014

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South Beach dieters are allowed some treats, in limited quantities, as well as the use of artificial sweeteners.

Sweet Treats for South Beach Diet Phase One

Sweets are limited to a total of 75 calories worth of any of the following sugar-free treats. The limit is partly so that people don't overdo the eating of sugar alcohols. Watch for potentially gut-wrenching side effects. Acceptable foods:
  • Candies - sugar-free hard candies only
  • Chocolate powder - no added sugar
  • Cocoa powder, unsweetened baking type
  • Fructose
  • Fudge pops, no sugar added
  • Gelatin - sugar-free
  • Gum - sugar-free
  • Jams and jellies - sugar-free
  • Popsicles - sugar-free
  • Syrups - sugar-free
Artificial sweeteners are also acceptable, as listed below.

Sweet Treats for the South Beach Diet Phase Two

All the above foods, plus:
  • Occasional small amounts of dark semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 serving of pudding - fat-free and sugar-free

Approved Artificial Sweeteners

  • Acesulfame K(Sunnette®and others)
  • Nutrasweet (Equal ®)
  • Saccharin (Sweet & Low ®)
  • Sucralose (Splenda ®)
Note: Stevia was removed from the South Beach Diet Acceptable list as it has not been approved by the FDA. See the Rest of the South Beach Diet Food Lists

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