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Manage to eat dessert with diabetes

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 07:17 AM

Desserts can be some of the most tempting parts of the holiday season. And, if you are a diabetic, sweets can be a real problem since most of them have a lot of carbohydrates — even in a small portion.

However, being a diabetic does not mean you can never have pumpkin pie again. With some planning, you can have the dessert you love and still manage your diabetes.

Here are some tips from the American Diabetes Association for satisfying your sweet tooth properly this holiday season:

n Revise the recipe. Cut down on the sugar and increase the use of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and other sweet-tasting spices and flavorings. In some cases, you may also be able to use a sugar substitute. Remember that you still must keep the portion small and that replacing fat with fruit ingredients does increase the carbohydrate content.

n Decide ahead of time what and how much you will eat. Also, decide how you’ll respond when someone offers something to you, e.g., “No, thank you. I’m too full.”

n Make selective choices. Substitute small portions of your favorite sweets for other carbohydrates. For example, if you want a small slice of pumpkin pie, skip a dinner roll with the main meal.

n Volunteer to bring your favorite diabetes friendly dessert to social functions.

For more tips on holiday nutrition and diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org.

Healthy Habits 2013 is a partnership among Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and St. Mary’s Medical Center. Join our conversation and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthyhabits2013.



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