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Diabetes nutrition focuses on healthy foods, but sweets aren't necessarily off-limits. Here's how to include sweets in your meal plan. By Mayo Clinic staff

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Diabetes nutrition focuses on healthy foods. But you can eat sweets once in a while without feeling guilty or significantly interfering with your blood sugar control. The key to diabetes nutrition is moderation.

The scoop on sugar

For years, people with diabetes were warned to avoid sweets. But what researchers understand about diabetes nutrition has changed.

  • Total carbohydrate is what counts. It was once assumed that honey, candy and other sweets would raise your blood sugar level faster and higher than would fruits, vegetables or "starchy" foods, such as potatoes, pasta or whole-grain bread. But this isn't true, as long as the sweets are eaten with a meal and balanced with other foods in your meal plan. Although different types of carbohydrate can affect your blood sugar level differently, it's the total amount of carbohydrate that really matters.
  • But don't overdo empty calories. Of course, it's still best to consider sweets as only a small part of your overall plan for diabetes nutrition. Candy, cookies and other sweets have few vitamins and minerals and are often high in fat and calories. You'll get more empty calories — calories without the essential nutrients found in healthier foods — when you eat sweets.

Have your cake and eat it, too

Sweets count as carbohydrates in your meal plan. The trick is substituting small portions of sweets for other carbohydrates — such as bread, tortillas, rice, crackers, cereal, fruit, juice, milk, yogurt or potatoes — in your meals. To allow room for sweets as part of a meal, you have two options:

  • Replace some of the carbohydrates in your meal with a sweet.
  • Swap a high-carb-containing food in your meal for something with fewer carbohydrates and eat the remaining carbohydrates in your meal plan as a sweet.

2007-11-18 14:34:52 by not_regular_health_food

Type 1 diabetes - safe food choices?

My grandma was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which they said can turn into type 2 if she does not take control of it now.
Her dr didn't give her much info on the types of foods she can and cannot eat. I follow a healthy diet, but even some of the things I eat, I am not sure if a diabetic person can have.
The only things she knows she can have are:
egg whites
I guess what would be helpful is a list of foods to avoid (other than the obvious)

2003-04-24 13:44:45 by TheEconomist

You can buy diabetic syrup

Safeway will have it in the diabetic foods section. It isn't very sweet, but mixed with a few drops of regular syrup makes it pretty palateable.
I used to date a diabetic gf and you'd be surprised how much stuff you can find to replace regular stuff you eat.
However, I agree with DrKnowItAll: you are better off training him off a diet of high carbs. Pancakes are the ultimate high-carb meal, and therefore should be avoided by a diabetic. We only made pancakes for her while on high-activity vacations, when stress levels were low and exercise was high, or it threw her blood sugar readings way out of wack

2013-06-24 16:07:44 by monstagrrrl

When I was diagnosed Diabetic many years ago,

Beets were one of the first things off my menu. You might as well pour a canister of sugar right down your throat. If you have Diabetes, avoid them and other high carb vegetables. You are far better off focusing on foods that satisfy you in ways other than the "high"you get from carbohydrates. Contrary to the way many (if not most) people approach trying to deal with a diagnosis of Diabetes II, what you need to do is not to immediately try to figure out how you can "rig" your diet to include "allowable" amounts of some grossly inappropriate sweet dessert, but how to change the way you think about foods and where, within the wonderful array of food groups (given your genetic inheritance and other important factors,) you can find new pleasure points

2004-04-22 17:13:20 by greyway

Diabetic craving desserts

Finding something chocolate that doesn't taste like chemicals or eating a piece of cake or a slice of apple pie are things that are a real problem for me. Carbs, sugar and fat are no no's so what to do? I'd kind of like to be able to make some desserts myself, too but finding the ingredients that won't kill me (or at least propell my blood sugars off the charts) doesn't seem to be very easy. I did find cheesecakes that I can eat (no sugar added/low carb). In fact I market them but I'd like to find some other sweet foods. If I sound like I'm rambling it's probably because I WANT SOMETHING

2004-11-17 17:46:38 by silvastein

Splenda... taste good or just if needed?

I'm thinking about my diabetic dad and all the sweet Thanksgiving foods, and wondering if I should push using Splenda. I haven't tried it yet, and am wondering if it is good enough to make everything with (cranberries, yams, pies, etc) for everybody or should I stick with a special dessert for him?
Along the same line, does it make sense for non-diabetic or sugar counters to switch to Splenda for general health? Is the taste good enough?

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