How to eat sugar when you have diabetes!
It is often observed that when someone is told not to do something, they feel even more urge to do it! The science behind this observation says that people do so because they like to be in control of their lives. However, if you are a diabetic, this gets reversed. If you have been told to limit or avoid sugar, the control of your life lies in obeying the advice, not defying it.
However, despite knowing that sugar is harmful for them, diabetes patients find it hard to tame their sweet tooth. And it’s not their fault completely. One simply cannot quit the foods that they have loved to eat all their life! So, when quitting is neither an option and nor is consuming it, what should you do? Simply substitute sugar with healthier alternatives.
Stevia is a naturally occurring sweetener that is extracted from the stevia plant occurring in Central and South America. It is low in calories and has antidiabetic as well as antioxidant properties. It is a good replacement of sugar for diabetics as it helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, increase insulin production, increase insulin’s effect on cell membranes, increase glucose tolerance and counter the effects of type 2 diabetes.
While stevia is a tested alternative to sugar, tagatose is another naturally occurring alternative that researchers are studying. Initial studies show that it can lower blood sugar and insulin response and interfere with the absorption of carbohydrates. There aren’t many tagatose products available in India as of now, but it would help to keep an eye for it.
While you may not find tagatose products in India right now, you can still substitute sugar with stevia products, available in powder, leaves and tablet form. They can help you pamper your sweet tooth without harming your health.
Besides these two prominent natural substitutes, diabetic patients can try jaggery once in a while. Although intake of jaggery is recommended in limited quantities and as per the guidance of your doctor. The sweet craving can be satisfied through fresh fruits like bananas, apples, cherries, etc. Dried fruits like palm dates are also a healthy alternative to have.
Also, remember that sugar alternatives solely cannot help you fight diabetes. Diabetes medicines are your primary defence against the disease. Pairing sugar alternatives with medicines can give you better results.
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