CAN DIABETES HAVE SWEETS AND DESSERTS?

 

In the past years, people suffering from diabetes were instructed to avoid sugar. Endcriminologists believed that eating sugar/glucose, rapidly increases blood glucose level leading to hyperglycemia. Some people even believed that diabetes occur as a result of high intake of sugar. But that is not true. New researchers have proved that eating sugar has the similar effect on blood glucose levels as any other carbohydrates, such as bread, potatoes, etc. Hence, we can say that it does not mean that he/she cannot eat sweets. They can eat sweets, desserts, etc, and then also keep their blood glucose levels in the normal range. But the thing required to be done is to include the sweets in the diabetic meal plan.

Though, the sweets does not provide any important vitamins and minerals, they may be high in fats and calories but while including them in the meal plan, one must make sure that it provides necessary nutrients required for healthy body.

The key to keep blood glucose level normal even by eating sweets is to substitute small portions of sweet for other carbohydrates containing foods in the meals and snacks. For example, if a person wants to have cookies in a meal, then he should skip any other carbohydrate content of his meal like slice of bread and have the cookies. This is an even trade and the total amount of carbohydrate ingested during the meal will remain the same.

Foods labeled as sugar free or no sugar added or reduced sugar, etc, still contains carbohydrates. Sugar alcohols are a type of reduced calorie sweetener and are used in sugar free candies, chewing rum and desserts. They provide nearabout half the calories of sugar and other carbohydrates. Common examples of sugar alcohols are Isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol etc. Even through they are called sugar alcohols, but they do not contain any type of Alcohol. Rarely, sugar alcohols, cause diarrhoea in children. There are many people who think that foods with sugar alcohols does not raise blood glucose up to same level as same amount of other carbohydrates do.

Diabetic person should make use of low-calorie sweeteners. The low calorie sweeteners are in fact the Free Foods. They make the food tastier, sweet and even does not have any calories. They do not raise blood glucose levels. They are not counted as carbohydrates, fat or any thing else. They can be safely added to a diabetic meal plan. The food and Drug Administration has approved the use of these low calories sweeteners. Even the American Diabetes Association has accepted it is a part of a healthy diet. They believe that low calories sweeteners are safe for everyone, including children and pregnant women. All of the low calories sweeteners are helpful to the people who are overweight of have diabetics. They are highly beneficial when used instead of sugar in coffee, tea, etc. Commonly used low Saccharin, Aspartame, Sucralose, etc. Saccharin can be used in the both hot and cold foods in order to make them sweeter. Aspartame is a good low calorie sweetener but the high temperature can decrease its sweetness. Sucralose does not undergo any change by heat and thus retains its sweetness in hot foods, baked goods, etc. It is the newest low-calorie sweetener available in the market. The use of low calorie sweeteners reduces the overall calories and sugar and still produces the desirable tastes. It adds extra flavour or sweeteners to the foods.

Person who like sweets, but also wants to lose weight, may try their tips such as (a) Person may eat a small serving of the favourite dessert, instead of something common. (b) He may satisfy his sweet tooth with fresh or dried fruit (c) While eating, person must share desserts with friend or family member (d) He may reduce the amount of sugar or fat is his favourite recipes (e) Person should make choice of low calorie and low fat containing desserts.