“I don’t take sugar in my tea but I take 2 marie biscuits / 2 slices of whole wheat bread along with it.” – One of the common statements made by diabetics.
Just because marie biscuit is supposed to be light or bread does not taste sweet, it does not imply that these foods are OK. As a dietician, I would rather enjoy my tea with one teaspoon sugar and ditch the bread and biscuit.
Here are some of the harmful effects that these food without sugar may have.
Bread: whether whole wheat, multi-grain or normal white – all bread contain maida (refined wheat flour) as the primary ingredient. There are no two ways about it and no excuse justified enough to eat them with lite butter slathered all over. An occasional indulgence in a vegetable loaded sandwich or chenna toast or sprout stuffed sandwich is still forgivable
Biscuits: yet again, multi-grain, high fiber, sugar free, crackers or plain biscuits …none of these are free of maida and they cannot be made crisp enough without use of Maida and lard (saturated fat). So steer away from these and please do not commit the crime of gifting cookies to small children. Did I forget to tell you?! they are a powerhouse of brain damaging trans fats!
Sugar free mithai – During festival season, you may be lured by sugar free sweet spreads. be judicious in choosing your indulgence because a sugar free pedha is only minus the sugar but what about the saturated fat in the mawa. Rather say yes to sweet prepared from dates and anjeer and nuts since they will do little harm to your blood sugars and also satisfy the sweet tooth!
Little sugar in the form of glucose / table sugar is effectively metabolized by the body and our brain needs some amount as an energy source. only when its excess, it causes harm. it is better to provide the body with small quantities of sugar at frequent intervals to prevent sweet cravings as well as maintain blood sugar levels
Managing diabetes is often about eating & exercising right. In addition, one must monitor their health on a regular basis. eKincare – your personal health manager can help you upload your health indicators & medical records and help you manage your health better.
Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.