The Diabetic’s Guide To Dessert





Dessert isn’t out of the question if you have diabetes. Learn how to keep your sweet tooth happy with these tips.

Diabetes is not – as mistakenly perceived – caused by eating too much sugary food, but is a condition where the body can no longer ‘unlock’ the energy from carbohydrates (including sugar), causing dangerous spikes and dips in blood sugar.

This means that when it comes to choosing what to eat, diabetics need to control not only their intake of sugar but carbohydrates in general. Carbohydrates refer to sugars, complex carbohydrates and fibre – all of which can be found in foods such as rice, bread, noodles, fruit and sweet foods.  All these, not just sugar, count towards a diabetic’s carbohydrate quota for the day.

Carbohydrates have the greatest impact on blood sugar levels causing it to rise

In process and packaged foods, carbohydrates may be labelled as starch, sugar, honey, alcohol, polydextrose or maltodextrin. Even foods that are labelled “sugar free” or “diabetic friendly” may still contain a substantial amount of other types of carbohydrates and have a significant impact on  blood sugar. Thus , it is important to read the nutrition information panel and/or the ingredient list to make wiser choices.


Balancing Act

If you are diabetic, identifying and knowing just how much carbohydrates you are eating is important because it means you can better maintain a good carbohydrate balance – and even enjoy the occasional dessert. A “diabetic-friendly” dessert, should be one that is relatively low in carbohydrates and calories. Ideally, it should also be high in fibre. This includes frozen low-fat yogurt with nuts, fresh fruit or even homemade low-sugar cookies. This means you don’t have to give up dessert altogether, but carefully tweak your diet so you can still enjoy a sweet finale.


Opt for brown instead of white rice, boodles or pasta and eat a little less than your usual serving

– This means you can still “afford” to have a small slice of cake after your meal without going beyond your ‘carb quota’.

Celebrating a special occasion with care or ice cream ? Halve your portion or share it with a friend.

Cut back on sugar by using low-calorie sweeteners – though keep in mind that , depending on the sweetener, these also contain some carbohydrates.

You can also curb  sugar cravings by complying with your diabetes medication, eating regular balanced meats and getting regular exercise. Poor diabetes control caused saliva to turn sweet, dulling the ability to taste sweet foods and increasing sugar cravings. — Remember that sugar is not forbidden, but, rather focus on quantity, quality and frequency.



Sugar Alcohol – sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, glycerol, lactitol, erythritol, isomalt

Artificial Sweeteners – aspartame, sucralose, saccharin and acesulfame potassium

These can be used to sweeten drinks or in cooking. However, keep in mind that these do not help reduce sugar craving and should be consumed in limited amounts.”



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