There is a wide misconception that sugar causes diabetes. Because diabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are too high, it’s easy to blame sugar for it. But this isn't true — if you find the way to balance sweets with other foods in your diet, you can still enjoy your favorite desserts in moderation.
So how do you include sweets in your meal plan without interfering with your blood sugar control?
✅ Replace some carbs in your meal with a sweet treat
What matters are total carbs in your diet, not a specific product like a candy or a cookie. Carbs should make up about 45 to 60 percent of your daily diet.
✅ Find new ways of satisfying your sweet tooth
Instead of cakes and chocolate, opt for healthy snacks like fruits, nuts and yogurts. Your safest options are apples, bananas, pears and strawberries.
✅ Create low-carb delicious desserts
Try some of alternative recipes and enjoy both a great dessert and stable blood sugar. You can enjoy low-carb peanut butter cookies, yogurt ice cream and a berry mousse with only 10-15g of carbs per serving!
✅ Find out how different sweets affect you
Surprisingly, every person processes carbs in a different way. The only way to know how the dessert (or any food) you just had affects you is to test your blood sugar approximately two hours after your meal. If you see a significant rise after eating a piece of cake, choose something healthier next time you crave sweets.
✅ Use a glycemic index to help you make right food choices
This index ranks food on a scale from 1 to 100 based on their effect on blood-sugar levels.
55 or lower — lower rise in blood sugar levels
56-69 — moderate effect
70 or higher — faster rise in blood sugar
✅ Try our selection of diabetes-friendly snacks and desserts
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It is true that you should definitely limit your sweet treats and it’s best to reserve desserts for special occasions. But with a little education and proper planning it's easy to make healthy changes to your diet plan and still enjoy the food you love!