Apr 19, 2024, 01:20 PM IST

8 Sweet Things Diabetes Patients Can Eat

Emily Horn

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1. Fruit 

While fruit contains sugar, it’s natural sugar, and fruits also offer essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber which are beneficial for overall health. Berries, apples, pears, and peaches can be good choices due to their lower glycemic index.

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2. Dark Chocolate 

Look for chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa. Dark chocolate has less sugar and more antioxidants than milk chocolate. A small piece can satisfy a sweet tooth without significantly impacting blood sugar levels.

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3. Yogurt with Active Cultures 

Opt for plain Greek yogurt that doesn't have added sugars. You can sweeten it naturally with a bit of vanilla extract or cinnamon. Yogurt is also a great source of protein and calcium.

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4. Whole Grain Snacks 

Whole grain snacks like popcorn or whole grain crackers can be lightly sweetened with a sprinkle of cinnamon or paired with a small amount of natural peanut butter for a sweet and filling snack.

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5. Homemade Smoothies 

You can control the ingredients to keep the sugar content down. Use a base of unsweetened almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, or water, and add in low-glycemic fruits like berries, a small amount of banana, and plenty of leafy greens.

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6. Sugar-Free Gelatin or Puddings 

These can satisfy your dessert cravings without adding sugar to your diet. Be sure to check for any artificial sweeteners and choose those that do not affect your blood sugar levels.

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7. Nuts and Nut Butters 

Nuts and natural nut butters that don't contain added sugars can be a satisfying and nutritious snack. They're rich in fiber and healthy fats, which can help manage hunger and blood sugar.

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8. Stevia-Sweetened Desserts 

Stevia is a natural, zero-calorie sweetener that does not impact blood sugar levels. There are increasingly more products on the market, from ice cream to cookies, sweetened with stevia that are suitable for people with diabetes.

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