Can you eat dessert if you have Diabetes? Most people think that once you're diagnosed that you have sworn off all sugary foods and all carbohydrates. The reality, however, is that these foods in and of themselves are not bad. The answer is to control what you eat and when.
Do you remember the diet plans where you had a certain number of point or tickets you could use a day? They worked by having people deduct points or take away tickets as they ate certain foods. Foods such as desserts may use up a lot of points or may only have one ticket. This forced you to eat a more balanced meal.
Eating while you're Diabetic works similarly. Only, instead of using points and tickets, you are looking where the food falls on the glycemic index. This measures how fast the sugar from the food is released into your bloodstream. Ideally, for most of the week, you will eat foods that are low on the index, such as lean meats, vegetables or nuts, and you eat foods sparingly high on the index like potatoes and white bread.
Some desserts, such as store-bought desserts or fast food ones, should be avoided as they contain high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a cheaper alternative to sugar, but can equally damage your body. Like with the tickets, if you are eating high fiber foods, which help to slow the release of sugar into the blood, a small dessert will not be harmful. Having desserts in moderation can be a tasty treat. Dessert alternatives that are high in fiber, such as a bran muffin, or a beautiful piece of fruit is a good choice.
Don’t take the idea as a free ride to eat desserts every day. This will have the opposite effect and be harmful to your Diabetes management. Are you trying to manage your Type 2 Diabetes? Let Advanced Functional Medicine can guide you in developing a diet plan to help you control or eliminate your Type 2 Diabetes.
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