Is Sugar-Free Candy the Best Choice If You Have Diabetes?
If you have diabetes you may feel like sugar is your enemy. But when you have a hankering for something sweet, is sugar-free candy a healthy option?
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In this Q and A, registered dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDE ,answers our questions and discusses what you need to know about sugary treats and other foods that use sugar substitutes.
Q: Should people with diabetes eat candy with or without sugar?
A: About 90 percent of your diet should focus on healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, poultry and fish. There is wiggle room in a healthful diet for treats like sweets whether you have diabetes or not. That is where candy would fit.
You should enjoy your food and food also has social, emotional and physical health benefits. Built into the recommended dietary guidelines is room for getting up to 10 percent of your calories from sugar every day.
Treats affect your blood sugar. So if you have diabetes , its important to focus on portion control and moderation when you select these foods.
In other words, you can eat treats even if you have diabetes. But you need to account for the carbohydrate and calorie content they provide in your diet whether they are sugar-free or not.
Q: How much sugar should you allow in your daily diet?
A: Everyone with diabetes is different, but heres what the American Heart Association recommends:
Nomore than 25 grams of added sugar (about six tea Continue reading