Diabetic Desserts

Having diabetes does not mean that desserts are off limits. Diabetic desserts can satisfy cravings for sweets without jeopardizing the diabetic patient’s health. Besides fruit, which is okay on moderation according to the patient’s diabetic diet, there are desserts that can be bought or made at home that are dietetic.

When a food label says dietetic, it means that the food fits into a special diet. The special diet that dietetic foods are created and marketed towards is usually the diabetic diet. The diabetic patient should read labels carefully, especially when selecting dessert items. Technically, a food could be labeled as “dietetic” if it fits in any special diet, including a low-sodium diet. Therefore, people with diabetes should read the labels to ensure that the food is appropriate for people with diabetes.

Recipes for diabetic desserts can be found on the Internet. Dessert recipes designed for diabetic patients often use sugar-free ingredients. It is often possible for a diabetic patient to make desserts they loved before their diagnosis by substituting ingredients high in sugar content for sugar-free versions.

Portion control is an important element of following the diabetic diet. The dietician can advise the diabetic patients on the proper portion sizes for each food group. It is just as important to follow portion control with desserts as it is with the other foods.

The dietician can make recommendations for desserts that are both healthy and satisfying. Dieticians will often alter recipes for their clients. A diabetic patient can take a recipe to the dietician and work with them to make the appropriate substitutions. Occasionally, a recipe is just too unhealthy to change to a diabetic dessert without ruining the taste. In that case, the dietician can sometimes recommend a dessert that would offer the same or similar taste without being unhealthy.


Diabetic Desserts

There is a myth about diabetic desserts generally not benefiting people with diabetes and people with diabetes should avoid all sugar. This is because diabetic products are expensive, high in calories and fat, may have a laxative effect and will still affect your blood glucose levels. This is may be true for some diabetic products which can be bought on the market. However, if you make your own diabetic desserts at home, then the ingredients can be controlled and healthy. It is easy to just modify your favourite recipe by reducing the amount of salt, sugar and fat, and increasing the amount of fibre.

If you are eating out and really want a dessert, choose a fruit-based pudding or sorbet instead of cakes, pastries or cheese and biscuits. If possible choose a reduced-sugar version such as sugar-free jelly. The odd dessert or meal that contains high fat and sugar is generally fine, however, if eating out is a regular thing, then you need to be more careful when selecting your food dishes.

When baking desserts at home, try to experiment and reduce the amount of sugar used. Most sponge cakes will still rise when the sugar quantity is reduced by half. Examples of recipes that can be made without sugar include tea cakes, fruit scones and fruit cakes. Instead of using butter creams, icing or jams as a cake topping or cake filler, you could experiment with chopped fruits or adding these chopped fruits to fromage frais.

The following are some examples of what you could do when thinking about making your own desserts.
Instead of using traditional sour cream or double cream, experiment with light creme fraiche. It is stable in heat and can be served on hot or cold desserts. Use fromage frais in desserts instead of Greek yoghurt or cream. Try to use oils and fats which are high in monosaturates. The use of dried fruits instead of sugar in fruit cakes and scones will provide the sweetness. Intense sweeteners may be used if necessary, for example, in custard and crumbles.

Diabetic Cake Mix Recipes – Diabetic Dessert

If you love cakes and have been diagnosed with diabetes, there is no need to throw all your favourite cake recipes away! As long as you eat healthily, you can start modifying your cake recipes and make your own cake mixes by reducing the amount of sugar, salt and fat and increase the amount of fibre used.

By experimenting with ingredients, you can quickly accumulate a new set of diabetic cake mix recipes.

Some tips include using lower fat alternatives (low fat dairy products and yoghurts); using light creme fraiche instead of double cream; using fromage frais instead of creams and using high monosaturate oils and fats. Some cake mix recipes will still work if you omit or reduce the amount of sugar used, so experiment! You can use the sweetness of dried fruits instead of sugar in fruit cakes and fruit scones.

If necessary, the use of an intense sweetener such as a liquid or granulated sweetener is possible in some diabetic cake mix recipes.

Further read: http://blogs.webmd.com/healthy-recipe-doctor/2007/02/recipe-doctor-takes-on-popular-cake.html