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Are chocolate deserts with maple syrup / dates much healthier than sugar and suitable for diabetics?

(5 Posts)
feellikeahugefailure Wed 13-Jul-16 13:25:35

Stuff like this uses maple and dates, is this much healthier than sugar?

Is apparently a bit better as they contain some vitamins and all of these use less sugar than traditional recipes. But are they okish as a treat for diabetics?

BIWI Wed 13-Jul-16 13:33:41

I doubt it very much - it's all still sugar, I'm afraid.

MaggieMcVitie Wed 13-Jul-16 13:38:16

My son is Type 1 diabetic. We find that natural sugars such as maple syrup/honey/dates have less of an impact on his blood sugar levels than refined sugar. His BS levels seem to rise less sharply. As a general rule we try to avoid refined sugar and processed food as much as possible...although within reason! He still has the occasional treat.

MaggieMcVitie Wed 13-Jul-16 14:13:47

Sorry, posted too soon...he stil has the occasional treat but as a rule, I'll cook my own cakes and biscuits using maple syrup or honey or dates in flapjack to sweeten. May be different for Type 2 diabetics though.

TheDropBear Fri 15-Jul-16 05:55:07

My dad has type 2 and avoids stuff like this. He also has to manage his carbs as they raise blood sugar.

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