Is there an ice cream that is safe to eat?
Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to cut out sweets completely. Instead of depriving yourself, include a treat a few times a week to satisfy your sweet tooth. Just pay careful attention to portion size and don’t get carried away. Whether you have diabetes or not, most of us don’t need the extra calories or fat that come with the triple-scoop waffle cone.
When you have diabetes, you need to work appropriate portions of ice cream and other sweets into your daily meal plan. Most sweets and desserts are not only dense in calories and fat, but they also have a lot of carbohydrates in just a small portion. One-half cup of ice cream usually has about 15 grams of carbohydrate. If you count carbohydrates, you should check the nutrition label of the ice cream you buy for an even better estimate of the carbohydrate grams per serving.
There are a lot of products out there on the market – everything from fat-free ice cream to ice cream sweetened with Splenda, Stevia, or other artificial sweeteners. These products are also safe to eat, but even low-sugar and low-fat ice cream still has some carbohydrates. It is especially important to read nutrition labels on these products when meal planning with diabetes. Sometimes, they may have even more carbs per serving than the original version.
So, how do you fit sweets into a diabetes meal plan? Take a look at what you usually eat and find a food that provides about the same calories and carbohydrates as your dessert of choice. Then, substitute a small portion of the dessert for that food. This means you may have to skip on a small dinner roll or side of mashed potatoes to “free-up” some carbohydrates and calories. Using this substitution method, you can plan to have a satisfying dessert a couple of times each week.
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