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You Can Have a Small Amount of Sugar with Diabetes

The myth that sugar causes diabetes is false, but excessive amounts can add to being overweight, which is a risk factor for Type II.

But, sugar (sucrose), a naturally occurring carbohydrate, is no longer taboo for diabetics. Research has shown that while the type of carbohydrate can affect how fast your blood glucose increases, it’s the total amount of carbohydrates that has the greatest effect. This means that with careful planning, you can substitute a small amount of sugar for other carbohydrate rich foods.

Since most people find 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal to be the right amount, cutting back on other carb-rich foods and smaller sweets portions are the best approach for enjoying a treat.

The key is to eat a diet that is full of nutrient rich foods such as vegetables, beans, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruit and lean proteins and save dessert for when you eat out, splitting it with your dinner date.

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