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Although taste preferences do vary from person to person, a common Achilles heel amongst health seekers and waist watchers alike is a powerful sweet tooth.  You would not be alone if the dessert menu is your undoing, or treats commonly find their way into your mid-afternoon snack.


Whether you have just eaten a large meal or gone for a long stretch without food, both scenarios can create fluctuations in blood sugar levels, kicking up cravings. For people that are most susceptible to blood sugar peaks and valleys, such as those with diabetes and pre-diabetes, giving into sweet cravings can create consequences far worse than guilt.


“Diabetes is a disease where the body does not produce enough insulin to sustain it or cannot use the insulin which it produces. Insulin is needed to convert the sugar (glucose) consumed from food into the body's cells to be used as energy. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body control the level of glucose in your blood. Lack of insulin will cause the sugar to remain in your blood stream resulting in high blood sugar levels and ultimately cause complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damages, blindness and amputation”, explains Maggie Laidlaw, PhD and research scientist in Human Nutrition in Guelph, Ontario.


There are two types of Diabetes. Type I which is commonly diagnosed in childhood or teen years, is a disease where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin resulting in glucose (sugar) build up in the blood. Insulin injections, lifestyle and dietary recommendations are commonly prescribed to manage this condition for which there is no cure.


Type II diabetes is a degenerative disease, commonly seen in older adults but may also be seen in younger adults and teens with poor dietary and lifestyle habits.  In this case either the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to move glucose from the blood into the cells to be used as energy or the cells become resistant to the action of insulin, resulting in a build up of glucose in the blood. “Type 2 diabetes is a progressive, lifelong condition; overtime, it may be more difficult to keep your blood glucose levels in your target range,” Laidlaw explains.


For the more than three million Canadians living with diabetes, the food choices they make every day have life and death consequences. Poor nutritional choices can have a negative impact on blood sugar regulation as well as diabetes related conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and obesity. One teaspoon of table sugar can actually shut down the immune system for up to 6 hours, leaving the body vulnerable to viruses and bacteria. Consider that one can of regular soda pop contains 10 teaspoons of sugar and it is easy to see how quickly and quietly refined sugar can creep into your day and wreak havoc.


If it seems that your sweet tooth is ruled by some powerful force beyond your control, you are not completely off track. Carbohydrates, including fruit, grains and vegetables are the body’s preferred source of energy and so humans are biologically programmed to enjoy the taste of sweet foods for historically these are where we derived our greatest sources of fuel.  Unfortunately, in recent years the typical Canadian diet has turned away from nutritious whole foods and offers an abundance of over-processed, sugar enhanced and nutrient stripped food. These can create wild fluctuations in the blood sugar, unhealthy for anyone but particularly dangerous for diabetics.  Excess sugars that are consumed from treats, sweet drinks or refined flours and not utilized as an immediate energy source are converted by the body into an energy source that can be stored for later – fat. Many studies have shown that maintaining a healthy body weight and healthy blood fat levels, including cholesterol and triglycerides is dependent on controlling sugar consumption as much restricting dietary fat intake.


As much as the “wrong foods” can be an obstacle to good health it is important to remember that there are many foods and herbs that can actually help nourish and heal your body. Good nutritional choices can have a substantial and positive impact on managing diabetes, heart health and body weight. The following recommendations can help you avoid the dangers of hidden sugar in processed food and provide alternatives to keep cravings at bay.

 Limit or Avoid Enjoy
 Sweet and sugary beverages Water with lemon or lime
 Concentrate fruit beverage Whole fruit, especially berries
 Deep fried, fast food Healthy fats from oily fish, nuts and   seeds
 Refined white flour products Whole grain, high fibre breads and cereals
 Full-fat dairy and fatty meats Olive oil, low-fat dairy, lean protein
 Processed, pre-packaged foods Whole, natural, homemade foods
 White or brown sugar, honey and jam Low glycemic sweeteners like Stevia, Xylitol, Agave Nectar, Sucralose
 Table salt Fresh or dried herbs and spices
 Skipping meals Eating at regular intervals
 A sedentary lifestyle Regular physical activity


So does a diagnosis of diabetes mean permanently ditching the dessert? Not at all. What it does mean is that you will need a whole new set of tools in your tool box. Nature offers us an amazing assortment of therapeutic foods and herbs that can satisfy that sweet tooth while promoting health in the body, rather than breaking it down. If you are used to making a regular stop at the local pastry shop, adding a bag of cookies to the grocery cart or grabbing a candy bar on your way out of the drug store then you will need to replace those old habits with something new.

This is where becoming familiar with health sugar substitutes becomes a key to success; natural stevia extracts, agave nectar, sugar alcohols such as xylitol and delicious herbs like cinnamon can satisfy your sweet tooth without triggering a dramatic rise insulin levels. Nature’s botanicals offer many wonderful gifts for flavour and healing. “Cinnamon has been used for centuries as a natural folk remedy for the treatment of diabetes in Russia, China, Korea and India,” Laidlaw explains. “The health benefits of cinnamon and its blood glucose lowering abilities have been well-documented.”

With new tasty and therapeutic tools in your pantry you are better able to side step the pitfalls of a sugar-laden diet that can speed degeneration and impair your best health.


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