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Old 03-23-2012, 03:14 PM   #1
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My dad is a newly diagnosed diabetic, but we are a no artificial sweetener family.

Diabetes runs n my dad's family so he has taken care to stay in shape, but it still ended up raining on his parade. I am in charge of dessert for Sunday... I will not use artificial sweeteners / "sugar free" products, which has left me completely at a loss. Any recipe suggestions / ideas? Thank you!!

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Old 03-23-2012, 03:37 PM   #2
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I could totally be wrong about this, but I was thinking that agave had a lower glycemic index, which is what I think you want. I don't have much knowledge of diabetes or cooking for diabetics, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

I am really good at making substitutions though, so if you know that you can use x,y, and z, then I can find you a recipe.
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stevia and agava
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Applesauce cakes? I read somewhere that a little honey was not as bad as sugar. (ie it is processes like fruit so it should be limited)
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Maybe fruit salad, without grapes, mango, or pineapple (higher sugar fruits).

Angel food cake with fresh berries.
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Melted dark chocolate over fresh berries with whipped cream... very good

Baked apples or pears with a touch of cinnamon and whipped cream.
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Re: My dad is a newly diagnosed diabetic, but we are a no artificial sweetener family

Have you looked into Xylitol? Despite it's weird name, it'd a derivative of beech trees. It doesn't have the bitter taste stevia can have, and you can use it measure for measure in recipes. The downside is that it's expensive. We use it primarily for baking only to maintain the texture of the product.
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Re: My dad is a newly diagnosed diabetic, but we are a no artificial sweetener family

If you look up clean eating you'll find lots of recipes. They don't allow artificial sweeteners or sugar. What type of dessert are you looking for? I can look in my clean eating book for some ideas if you'd like.
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Re: My dad is a newly diagnosed diabetic, but we are a no artificial sweetener family

Stevia does not affect blood sugar. I could have it when diabetic while pregnant.
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Our LO can't have any sweets at all right now, so we've also had to find other resources. The best thing we've found is xylitol. It is natural, and unlike stevia (yuck! can't stand it) it actually tastes good. We get it at our co-op and its not terribly expensive if you don't use it all the time.

Yesterday we made watermelon popsicles, blending up watermelon, almond milk (to give it a little creaminess) and xylitol, and they turned out great! Now our LO can have a treat on a hot day.

Xylitol sweetened cookies turned out great. It seems good for baking.

Make sure he is eating lots of fats and proteins with every meal - these will stabilize his blood sugar and slow carb burn and therefore insulin spikes. You might also want to check out the body ecology diet, it is for rebalancing the entire digestive system, so useful for anyone. There is limited sugars/carbs on that diet.
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