Satisfying a Diabetic Sweet Tooth

Life sometimes doesn’t seem fair – you love sweets and are known for your sweet tooth
but now that you have been diagnosed with diabetes you are afraid you can’t have them
anymore.  This isn’t entirely true.  Yes, if you previously indulged in many sweets you
can no longer do that (and it may be a contributing factor to way you have type 2
diabetes).  But there are ways that you can satisfy your sweet tooth and stick to your
diabetic diet.

Even though sugar isn’t the only reason blood sugars raise the combination of a high-
sugar item and carbohydrates are.  There are many sugar substitutes and artificial
sweeteners that are available to purchase on their own or in sweets such as chocolate and
hard candies.

Another way to add sweets into your diet is to substitute them for other carbohydrates in
a meal.  If you were planning on having a tuna salad sandwich for lunch instead of having
the bread try eating the tuna on its own and use the saved carbohydrates on a cookie or
two (depending on size and serving information).  This can be done with many different
variations, but should be done in moderation – your body really will function better on
those two pieces of whole wheat bread than it will on two chocolate chip cookies.

Speak with your dietician too.  A dietician is full of ideas and suggestion on how to
improve your diabetic diet.  He or she may have suggestions on snacks or meals that you
would not have considered to be sweet but can certainly satisfy your sweet tooth.  Such
as eating a banana to satisfy a chocolate craving.  As time goes on you will begin to
appreciate the natural sweet things in life too – such as a juicy apple or a fresh orange.

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