Sugar Is Sweet For Diabetics

26 Mar

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Over 200 million people are Diabetic world-wide, millions are border-line and millions live with diabetes and don’t even know it.

Diabetes actually runs on my fathers side and he was diagnosed over 10 years ago. He has always loved sweets, cakes, doughnuts, cookies you name it. And one myth is people assume if you eat a lot of sugar you obtain diabetes, this is in fact not true. It is genetic. (Of course being obese doesn’t help either).

Anyway, it’s always been hard to find recipes that are diabetic-friendly. Many assume “Just don’t put sugar,” when it is in fact more than that. You have to look at every single ingredient. My dad just can’t eat an apple, have an orange, or even have a slice of water-melon. And he’s only allowed half a banana. Things we easily take for granted.

Meals are easier to cook and manage, but it’s always been the desserts that bothered me. It’s sad if your whole family is having coffee and a piece of cake and you look over to see your dad only drinking the coffee.

Not only does sugar content have to be looked at, but carbohydrates do as well (as they convert to sugar). I used to watch cooking shows like ANNA OLSEN’S “SUGAR,” and they were pretty decent. Instead of using sugar, obviously I would use Splenda (sugar substitute), instead of chocolate I would replace it with un-sweetened chocolate, and minor things like substituting heavy cream for buttermilk.

It always tasted good, but something was always off.

ENTER SPLENDA RECIPE BOOK!

Absolutely fantastic. It includes everything essential for a diabetic! It includes:

– breads
– muffins
– cupcakes
– cakes
– pies
– sauces
– dinner meals
– desserts
– smoothies
– ice cream
– ALCOHOLIC drinks
– cookies
– bars
– icings
– pie crusts

It has almost 400 recipes. It is fantastic. And the good thing about the Splenda book is that it also uses ingredients that are diabetic-friendly instead of just giving a chocolate cake recipe and saying “use Splenda instead.”

1 cup of Splenda = 1 cup of Sugar.

Something we have found with Splenda is you do not need as much as what’s asked. Because Splenda has such a taste it becomes overpowering and sometimes can ruin the recipe. For instance, if the recipe calls for 2 cups of Splenda, I usually put about half a cup (or a touch more).

It also makes a great gift! If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes or know someone who is diabetic this is a fabulous book to purchase. Unlike what certain people might think, people WILL purchase this book or books similar to this, there is a demand for diabetic-friendly recipe books. Like I said, over 200 million+ people world-wide have diabetes. There are many books out there, so just skim through some and purchase the one that suits you best. These books are extremely helpful and useful.

I could go on and on about everything having to do with diabetes, but there are many websites available that you should check out to prevent diabetes.

PRICE: $35

Canadian Diabetes Association

Diabetic Recipes

Diabetic Gourmet Magazine

All Recipes – Diabetic

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5 Responses to “Sugar Is Sweet For Diabetics”

  1. Heather March 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    I think books like this are completely helpful!

    Being as my dad has Diabetes, I love buying books like this so he can find things he enjoys, and make them!

    I think it’s hard for someone use to eating anything they want, to having to completely watch every-single-thing they put in their mouth

    I don’t think he has this one, but maybe I should pick him it up!

    • Fit For A Shopaholic March 27, 2010 at 6:42 am #

      The great thing about the book is that there’s a ton of information about diabetes, it’s not just recipes!

      It is sad! Even just having a salad is a pain because half the time he can’t have the dressing, or even when we’re at the Leafs game they have a place that sells fries/chicken fingers and it comes with this bbq sauce and he can’t even enjoy it! 😦 Or ketchup! 😦

      And definitely pick it up! Wonderful book.

  2. Alex March 27, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    Wow, I have never heard of this book before. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Kat March 28, 2010 at 4:55 am #

    I am sure some of these recipes are really good!

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