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Puddings and Sweet Courses

Sweet courses for diabetics, or indeed anyone who values their health, are not easy without using artificial sweeteners. And that is the last thing you should do.

But that doesn't mean not having sweet courses any more.

Sugar may not be exactly healthy but, by and large, it is healthier than such alternatives as Splenda, Sucralose, Acesulphame-k and that ilk. So the real answer is to reduce your liking for overly sweet foods.

There are three ways to do this:

  • You can go 'cold turkey'. This means stop putting sugar or other sweeteners in things. The problem with this, as with any addiction, is that you get withdrawal symptoms, just as you would if stopping heroin — and for the same reason. Sugar is addictive. That said, however, this phase will only last about two weeks. Just fourteen days and you will no longer crave sweets. problem solved.
  • Cut down gradually. If you reduce the amount of sweetener you put in things a little at a time, you won't suffer the withdrawal symptoms of giving up all at once. The downside is that doing it this way could take a very long time.
  • Stop eating foods and drinks that are sweetened. The third way involves rather than not sweetening foods, stop eating foods that are sweetened altogether for a while. This is, perhaps, the easiest way as you will continue eating non-sweetened carbs which will satisfy your body's desire for glucose, but you will lose your 'sweet tooth'.
That said, many of the recipes and ideas that follow in this section may contain sugar, but it will be a lot less than you are used to. They are also low in other blood glucose raising agents such as wheat flour; and they tend to be high in fats such as butter so they are quite rich, and you should be satisfied with a much smaller portion.


Rich Chocolate Pudding

Strawberries and cream And how to sweeten berries without using sugar.

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