Summer Sweets and Diabetes
Summertime is not only a season filled with warm weather and beach days…it’s also a time for delicious sweets! With abundant fresh fruit, veggies, and enticing cold desserts, summer is an excellent time to eat produce and enjoy some cooling treats – but, in moderation. Summer goodies can be in high demand, especially when we’re on vacation or out at neighborhood parties…but people with diseases like diabetes need to be monitoring their blood glucose levels, and paying attention to the amount of sugar they’re ingesting.
With millions of people around the world affected with diabetes, it’s essential to know what it is! Diabetes is mainly a disease in which your blood sugar – also termed blood glucose – gets too high. Most people with this disease have Type 2, but some also have Type 1. With Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce any insulin. Insulin is a vital hormone within the body because it helps to get the sugar from the food you eat into cells within the body for energy.
With Type 2 diabetes, there is insulin present, but the body doesn’t know how to use it the right way. Blood sugar levels can fluctuate rapidly since the pancreas can’t keep up with insulin production; this can lead to either hypoglycemia (blood sugar levels that are too low) or hyperglycemia (blood sugar levels that are too high) if blood glucose is not monitored appropriately.
By making smart choices in the summertime, people with diabetes – both types – can still enjoy sweet treats when blood sugar levels are observed and appropriately controlled! Although there might be some planning ahead that needs to be done, there are plenty of fresh
Popsicle sugar-free ice pops with flavors like grape, cherry, and orange. All sugar-free foods aren’t necessarily the right choice for people with diabetes because they sometimes contain too many carbs, which can cause blood sugar levels to rise. These ice-pops only have 4 grams of carbs, and are easily enjoyed!
Frozen yogurt: getting frozen yogurt can add up to be more calories and sugar than you’d think – brands like Chobani Greek Yogurt or Yasso are better choices for a sweet yogurt treat! With 15 grams of carbs, you can pick summer seasonal flavors, and add your toppings like dark chocolate shavings or nuts to keep it healthy – and with much less sugar!
Fresh berries: high in antioxidants and flavor but low in sugar, berries are a top contender for yummy summer produce! These can be eaten by themselves or mixed in with other seasonal fruits or yogurt.
Tomatoes: fresh from a farmer’s market, heirloom tomatoes are an excellent summer snack – and they don’t have a significant impact on blood sugar levels! Paired with cheese or crackers, these veggies are a delicious addition to the summertime menu.
Remember…these summer treats are lovely, but should be enjoyed by everyone in moderation – and not just those with diabetes! Be mindful of what you’re putting into your body, keep your blood sugar levels managed appropriately, and relish the summer sweets by making smart choices.