Hundreds and hundreds of delicious foods are now available to keep diabetics on track with their eating habits. Twenty-five years ago when Hunter became a diabetic, my “go to” foods had to be eliminated: NO potatoes, NO white rice, NO white bread, NO pasta, NO ice cream, NO brownies, NO pies. Everything good: GONE.
Since then, I’ve learned that hundreds and hundreds of delicious foods are now available to keep diabetics on track with their eating habits. Here’s a few tips for buying diet-friendly foods I’ve learned along the way.
WARNING: Just because a product is labeled “sugar-free” does not necessarily mean it’s good for you. Also: Just because its label reads “low fat” or “no fat” or “fat free,” it does not necessarily mean it’s okay for your consumption. When fat is removed, sugar is added.
READ THE LABELS. First and most important to me is the carbohydrate number. If it is 20 grams or above, PUT IT BACK ON THE SHELF! At 18 grams, I might consider purchasing the product. But it depends then on the calorie count. Keep it low, also, and then check the protein amount. The higher, the better, for protein.
As to the amount of SUGAR, ZERO is best. And fat? Believe it or not, unless it is an absurd amount in the label, I ignore the fat content.
Products: The flour I use is from Namaste Foods (www.namastefoods.com). It is gluten-free and is the perfect flour blend.
The sweetener I use is XyloSweet, a plant-sourced sweetener, which is gluten free, non-GMO, and uses Xylitol (the “ideal sugar replacement”). You may find it at www.xlear.com.