Sweeten Your Diet (the Healthy Way)
It's day 4 of the Leveling Your A1C challenge, powered by support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare.
Not all sugars are equal. Natural sugars are always the better option compared to added sugars, which have calories but little nutrition.
To level your A1C, you don’t have to cut out all sugars. But you should focus on natural sugars over added sugars. Naturally-occurring sugars in whole foods don’t cause the rapid rise in blood sugar that added sugars do. You can still have sweet treats and maintain a healthy, nutritious diet. It’s all about choices!
If your sweet tooth hits you today, follow these guidelines:
- Eat fruit for dessert
- Opt for fresh fruit or canned fruit in juice rather than syrup
- Choose foods with no sugar added, like whole grain pancakes with blueberries, oatmeal with cinnamon, sweet potatoes, or natural applesauce
- When snacking on granola bars, yogurt, and peanut butter, pick those with the least amount of added sugars
- Sweeten water with fruit or opt for sparkling water with no sweeteners over sodas and concentrated juices
Remember: Eating sugar does not cause diabetes, but eating too much can lead to weight gain and high blood sugar levels. You can get your fix of something sweet, but do it in a smart way.
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