Diabetic Recipes

Cooking with the diabetes food pyramid

Diabetes is a condition that causes high blood sugar levels due to the body's inability to produce or process insulin. Living with this condition and managing its treatment can be tough; it requires strict monitoring of blood sugar and often means that you can't eat in the same way as people without the disease. Diabetics need to be cautious of what they eat lest they trigger a spike or dip in their blood sugar that can cause a seizure or even result in a coma.

To help diabetics take control of their eating, there are many diabetic diets and recipes available that can help diabetics prepare meals easily. There are also many websites with free diabetic recipes that can be printed or downloaded.

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Diabetes Food Pyramid

Most diabetic recipes are based off what's known as the diabetes food pyramid. The pyramid is structured to group foods by their carbohydrate and protein content, because these are the factors that have an effect on blood glucose. Fatty foods, oils and sweets are at the top of the food pyramid, which means they should be eaten with strict moderation. Dairy and meat come next, followed by fruits and vegetables, then finally a bottom layer of breads, grains and starches, which are generally fine for diabetics.

Aside from their basis on a slightly different food pyramid, diabetes recipes are not that different from other healthy diet recipes. They focus on low-carb, low-fat meals with variety to provide a range of vitamins and nutrients.

Diabetic Dessert Recipes

For diabetics, desserts are often the most challenging aspect of a diabetic diet. Due to the need to control the intake of sugar, nearly every dessert recipe must be modified to help diabetics balance their blood glucose.

Fortunately, there are all sorts of diabetic dessert recipes—such as diabetic cake recipes, diabetic cookie recipes, diabetic candy recipes or whatever you like—available online and in recipe books that can help diabetics whip up delicious treats that work with their bodies.

Many diabetic recipes simply substitute sugars for artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda or aspartame. More recently, Stevia has been used as a supplement to both sugar and artificial sweeteners. Stevia is a genus of plant that produces an extract that is similar to sugar. In fact, it is sweeter than sugar, which means you can use less of it in your recipes. It also contains no calories and is rated at zero on the glycemic index, which is perfect for diabetics.