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Diabetes & Dessert

June 15, 2009

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Have you ever had a craving for something sweet? Of course! Everyone has a craving for something sweet every once in a while. Desserts and sweets are pleasures to be enjoyed, in the right amount. For diabetics, however, the story is not just about managing your weight, it’s a much more serious matter.

However, now you don’t need to rule out a little indulgence just because you have diabetes. In the past, people with diabetes were warned to completely avoid sugar. However, in recent years, the American Diabetes Association has relaxed its restrictions on a diabetic’s sugar consumption. Added sugars are no longer restricted, as long as they are consumed as part of a balanced meal plan.

Another way to satisfy the sweet tooth is to use a sugar substitute. They provide the sweetness of sugar with minimal calories, and have no impact on blood sugar levels. Most of us are familiar with the use of sugar substitutes to sweeten a beverage, however, using sugar substitutes in baking is a little different. Before you turn on your oven, here are some tips for baking with sugar substitutes:

Volume: In some cases, cakes and quick breads will not rise as high as their full-sugar counterparts, but they will still taste delicious.

Creaming: When creaming butter with granulated sugar substitutes, your mixture will appear less smooth than with sugar. This is normal and you should proceed with the next step.

Flavor: For cookies, puddings, and custards, use and additional teaspoon of vanilla extract per one cup of granulated sugar substitute to enhance flavor. For quick breads and muffins, add one or two tablespoons of honey or molasses to boost flavor and provide some moistness

Visit Sarita’s Sensations on the Latino Nutrition Coalition website for the following delicious diabetic-friendly desserts:

  • Cinna-Raisin Rice Pudding
  • Nutty Banana Bread
  • Strawberry Banana Smoothie
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  1. June 16, 2009 11:13 am

    I’ll confess I’ve never cooked with the sugar substitutes. At least now I know what to expect. The substitutes could help someone watching his weight.

    -Steve

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