Just because Christmas is a sweet season doesn’t mean you should indulge on the saccharine stuff. While dessert-worthy delights are good on the palate, too much of them can be harmful to your overall health, especially if you’re a diabetic. If you are, then you better not have more than what you can take, lest the doctor orders the dosage of your medicine for diabetes to be increased when the season’s done.
The following are what the treats you have to watch out for when the holiday’s feasting begin.
Whether it’s crunchy or chewy chocolate chip or butter, you should only eat cookies in moderation, as their sugar content is pretty high. There’s nothing wrong with going for one or two, but around five is just too much. Also, whenever you eat cookies, check for any signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia such as tiredness, thirst, frequent urination, headache, and the inability to think and concentrate.
Ah, nothing like hot pancakes for breakfast on a chilly Christmas morning. There’s no denying that it’s good, but it would be better if you are to stay away from flapjacks altogether, as three stacks of it plus maple syrup is roughly equivalent to seven slices of white bread, which is too much, even for a non-diabetic. So instead of pancakes, go for healthier, protein-rich breakfast options such as tofu or a chicken sandwich.
If pancakes are a no-go, then plain old cake, which is definitely sweeter, obviously follows suit. Cake dough is made from a lot of cake flour, which is high in carbohydrate content, while its icing is loaded with white sugar. Both of them are dangerous, as they can easily disturb a diabetic’s blood glucose, therefore it’s best to steer clear of the black forest or the chocolate mousse.
Soda, especially cola, is everybody’s favorite companion beverage for Christmas supper. But health-wise, it’s the one of the worst drinks on the market for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Aside from the fact that a single serving for one person can have as much as 23 teaspoons of sugar, soda also contains a wide plethora of chemicals that cause an equally wide plethora of diseases, with cancer and bone density loss to name a few. So before you pour yourself a glass, think twice.
You might be surprised why something that is supposed to be healthy and is considered as a popular alternative for soda here on the list. This is because even though they’re marketed as good for the body, the truth is that fruit juices have just as much sugar as sodas, if not a little bit less. Not only that; the nutrients their labels say they have can only be found on the label itself and not on the drink. Now that you know that you’ve been lied to, it’s time to find an actually healthy alternative to what you thought would be an alternative.
There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of something sweet. After all, it’s Christmas. However, when you do, make sure you know when to stop having the stuff.