When Kids Crave Sweets ( Diabetes )

When Kids Crave Sweets ( Diabetes )

Kids wouldn’t be kids if they didn’t ask for sweets, but what happens when your child has diabetes? Remember, sweets aren’t forbidden for people with diabetes, but they should always be eaten sparingly. Ideally, your child should only enjoy them when his or her nutrient needs from the other five groups have been met. If your child eats ice cream, cookies, and candy often or in large amounts, he or she won’t have room for the foods he or she really needed.

Some experts recommend offering sweets as part of a meal. This avoids making children think that sweets are special. Having sweets in appropriate amounts as part of the meal plan prevents the guilt feelings children may have about eating them. This approach also teaches that high-glucose foods are part of the carbohydrates in the meal plan, instead of an addition.

Also keep an eye on prepackaged foods that seem kid-friendly. Many of these snacks seem healthful, but their nutrient value is similar to candy or other desserts. A fruit snack pouch is handy but may contain 100 percent glucose with only fruit flavoring. Look closely at labels to see how much of the carbohydrate content is glucose. A juicy piece of fresh fruit is also handy and supplies essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

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