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Can Sugar be Part of My Meal Plan?

With your blood glucose under control, yes you can include some sugar in your meal plan.


It's all about balance

If you eat your sweets with a meal and balance them with other foods in your meal plan, they shouldn't cause large changes in your blood glucose control. Sweets count as carbohydrates in your daily meal plan, so if you want to eat some, you need to trade small portions for other carbohydrates in your meals. For example, instead of having a medium potato (2 carb choices) with your main meal, have half a medium potato (1 carb choice) and 7 large pretzels (1 carb choice), or half a medium potato (1 carb choice) and a two-inch square unfrosted brownie (1 carb choice). To learn how to make equivalent carb "trades," pay special attention to total carbohydrates listed on a food's Nutrition Facts label. Avoid eating sweets as snacks because you will run the risk of raising your blood glucose levels.

And moderation!

Sweets are a treat and should be eaten in moderation. They are "empty calories" because they have few vitamins and minerals and are often high in fat and calories. If you want to eat a sweet, find one that has 15 grams of carbohydrate per serving (1 carb choice). It will be easier to substitute it into your meal plan.

Sugar substitutes.

Artificial sweeteners can offer the sweetness of sugar without the carbohydrates. They can be used for sweetening coffee, tea, cereal or baked goods. Remember that baked goods contain flour, a carbohydrate source that needs to be counted in your meal plan. The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) website has a link to safe sweeteners and recommended amounts.

Your taste buds may start to redefine "sweet."

Once you start a healthy-eating lifestyle, your taste buds might change. What used to be your favourite "sweet treat" may one day seem too sweet to you! Your taste buds keep changing, so you might find yourself losing the desire for sweetness.

Sweet Treat Dessert:

Creamy Apple Delight
(Serves 1)
1 small apple
½ tsp. (2 mL) ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. (30 mL) low-fat vanilla yogurt
¼ cup (60 mL) low-fat cottage cheese or ricotta cheese

Mix the cottage cheese, vanilla yogurt and cinnamon together and set aside. Cut apple in half and remove the core. Microwave the apple on high for 1 minute. Remove the apple from the microwave and top with cheese and yogurt mixture before serving.

This delicious recipe has 120 calories, 19 g carbohydrates, 2 g fibre, 9 g protein and 1 g fat. 1 carb choice and 1 Meat & Alternatives choice.