Prevent Hypoglycemia Without Drugs – Diabetic Snacks
The main problem diabetics face during the lifestyle modification needed in order to manage their disease, is their diet. They don’t only have to reduce their body weight or at least keep it stable, but they also have to eat regularly in order to avoid hypoglycemia which is one of the side effects of the insulin treatment. Hypoglycemia is a sign of bad management of diabetes and may occur during night, it may also occur because of high insulin dosage, illness, meal omission, unusual physical exercise etc. , so healthy snacks for diabetics are a necessity.
Because of the great number of diabetics there is plenty of products promoted as snacks for diabetics: Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar 100 Calorie Mini Bites, Honey Maid Cinnamon Roll Thin Crisps , Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop, Disney Garden Carrots For Your Lunchbox with Ranch Dip , Triscuit Thin Crisps, Quattro Formaggio, Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars ect. The main question is : Are all of these products , healthy snacks for diabetics? Advertisements and food companies claim that they have the ideal snacks for diabetics, but this is not the truth. Although some of the promoted snacks for diabetics are good choices , there is a number of factors to consider. For example, surely a cereal bar is far healthier choice than a piece of chocolate, but healthy is not just a matter of calories. A diabetic should have in mind the calories consumption, but also should consider the quality of calories. Many diabetic snacks have cereals as a source of fibers needed in a diabetic diet, but on the other side one of their other ingredients might be high fructose corn syrup. So one of their ingredients promotes good management of blood sugar, while the other increases it. Additionally ,because of the lack of taste of many of the ingredients of dieting products, food companies add artificial sweeteners and chemical ingredients to improve the taste of their products. The problem caused is that diabetics gets used to the sweet taste and ask for more sugar, and furthermore the safety of frequent consumption of sweeteners is still controversial. Sweeteners also deteriorate the gastrointestinal disorders of the diabetes medication.
Healthy diabetic snacks can be produced by healthy ingredients. No food company would add that much quality as the one a homemade diabetic snack could include. A healthy diabetic snack could be the consumption of a fresh fruit. Other diabetic snack ideas are some bread and a slice of turkey of light cheese, a low fat yogurt with some walnuts, a cup of milk with some cereals. One good choice which you can take even in your bag is a homemade cereal bar with high fiber cereals, peanuts and stevia instead of sugar, sweeteners of high fructose corn syrup.
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Generally when talking about healthy snacks for diabetic, the patient should have 3 factors in mind, calories, fibers, carbohydrates. The simplest ingredients the diabetic snack includes, the healthier it is. For sure we are not always in position to prepare or to bring our snack everywhere, but if the majority of our snacks is based on the above recommendations, we will avoid hypoglycemia and contribute to the improved management of diabetes.