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How to do Dessert with Diabetes


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12/12/2012
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Are you craving your favorite sweets, but are concerned about your sugar levels? Fortunately, there is good news for your sweet tooth! Although watching your sugar intake is serious for controlling your diabetes, allowing yourself to indulge in a small portion of your favorite dessert is completely doable. The key is moderation.

Dr. Harvey Danciger recommends following these guidelines when it comes to including sweets into your diabetes-friendly diet:

  • Hold back on the carbohydrates if you want dessert. Eating sweets adds extra carbohydrates to your regular diet. Try to avoid eating big portions of pasta, rice, or bread during your meal in order to save room for dessert.
  • Add healthy fats to your dessert. Healthy fat sounds like an oxymoron, but certain fats can help slow down your digestive process and make blood sugar levels not spike as quickly. It all is in moderation, however, so don’t go reaching for the donuts. Instead, try foods that are filled with healthy fats such as yogurt or peanut butter.
  • Eat sweets with a meal, rather than as an individual snack. If you eat sweets as a stand-alone snack, they can cause your blood sugar to spike. Eat them along with other healthy foods that are a part of your meal so your blood sugar won’t rise as quickly.
  • Savor every bite of your dessert. Make your indulgence count by eating your sweet slowly. By taking your time, enjoying the flavor and richness, you’re less likely to overeat and overload on sugar.

For desserts that are just as healthy as they are delicious, check out: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Healthy-Eating/Diabetic-Recipes/Diabetic-Desserts.

Although it’s alright to let yourself eat your favorite sweets in moderation, it’s important to try and cut out as much sugar in your diet in order to manage your diabetes and keep healthy. Try incorporating these tips to decrease your risk for a sugar level spike.

  • Reduce soda or juice intake.
  • Reduce the amount of sugar you add to recipes by ¼ to 1/3.
  • Find healthy ways to satisfy your cravings. Instead of ice cream, try a smoothie or eat a piece of dark chocolate instead of the usual milk chocolate.
  • Eat half of the dessert you normally eat and replace the other half with fruit.

Don’t deprive yourself of enjoying dessert now and then. With moderation, you can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings!

What healthy dessert recipes do you enjoy? Please share by commenting below!



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Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle

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