Do you need help cutting down on your calorie intake to successfully manage your diabetes? Adding some sugar to your life can help! Most people look to nutritive sugar sweeteners to help reduce the amount of calories and sugars in their diet. However, recent medical studies have found that using artificial sweeteners can actually cut down on added sugars to your diet and can lead to beneficial effects such as maintaining a healthy weight.
Although artificial sweeteners can decrease the amount of calories you intake, they shouldn’t be something you look to add to any food dish. Managing your weight involves taking into account the foods and portion sizes you choose to eat on a daily basis. Besides opting for artificial sweeteners when you need a little extra sugar, Podiatrist Harvey Danciger provides the following food tips you can incorporate into your daily diet to help cut out unnecessary sugars. They include:
- Hold the carbs if you want dessert. Eating sweets adds extra carbohydrates so if you’re planning on ordering dessert, cut back on heavy carb foods such as bread, rice, or pasta.
- Add healthy fats to your dessert. Fats slow down your digestive system, which can cause your blood glucose levels to not increase as quickly. Choose healthy fats in your dessert such as peanut butter, ricotta cheese, yogurt and nuts.
- Eat sweets with a meal. Eating sweets as a stand-alone snack can cause your blood glucose levels to spike. By eating them with a healthy meal, your levels won’t rise as quickly.
- Savor each bite. When you’re indulging in sweets, eat slowly. You’ll enjoy the taste and flavors much more that way and won’t risk overeating.
If managed correctly, you can include sugar into your diet the healthy way. Are there any desserts you make that are low in sugar to help manage your diabetes? Please share by commenting below!
For more information and tips for a healthy diabetes diet, contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger.