Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sugar vs. Sugar-Free

I thought today we could talk a little about sugar vs sugar-free food items.

Often times, people who are unfamiliar with the diet regimine of Type 1 diabetics believe that they can not have things like cakes, cookies, pies, etc... ya know, all the high sugar, fun stuff lol!Candy Crate 1940's Retro Candy Gift Box  Nips Sugar Free Caramel Candy, 3.25-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)

This is one common misconception I run across quite often, as I am sure many of you, my T1 readers, do as well.

Well, I'd like to take a moment to clarify this misconception.

Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis doesn't necessarily mean the person is not allowed to have these sugar filled things anymore. In fact, often times, T1 diabetics choose to go with the sugar-free items instead of those filled with sugar.


Because its all about the carb counting.

You see, often times, sugar-free items are lower in carbohydrates than the sugar filled items are. Sugar-free items use artificial sugars such as sucrose, aspertame, etc to give them their sweet taste, without as many carbs and calories.

If we so choose, though, like for special occations (birthdays, holidays, parties, etc), we CAN still give our T1 families those sugar filled things, just in moderation, and we have to make sure we account for the carbs. Otherwise, their blood sugars will sky-rocket.

So you see, just like a non-diabetic, moderation is key, even with the sugary foods! We just have to go through an extra step in order to maintain good blood sugars, but we can still allow our kids to enjoy these fun childhood experiences!

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