Can a child with type 1 diabetes eat sugar? Being told she can’t have sugar is one of my daughter’s pet peeves. Kids with diabetes can eat sugar! The only catch is they require a shot of insulin to cover the carbs in the sugar.
If someone without diabetes eats sugar, their pancreas secretes the correct amount of insulin. The only difference with type 1’s is the body does not produce insulin so it must be injected.
While it is not healthy for any child to eat a lot of sugar, I believe in moderation. Yes, America eats way too much sugar and we all need to cut back on our sugar intake. But to single out a child with diabetes and tell him or her they can not eat what their friends at a party or event are eating is wrong.
Sara hated when her teachers would give her sugar-free candy. The sugar-free candy still has carbs, plus the sugar alcohols in the sugar-free candy can cause stomach upset. Read here about sugar-free foods.
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So while we all need to cut down on our sugar intake, an occasional treat is fine for anyone. Here’s a recipe for Cranberry Orange Muffins I made this morning. (I sometimes substitute blueberries in case your child prefers blueberries.) This recipe is better than store-bought pre-made or pre-packaged muffins since it does not have preservatives and is made from fresh ingredients.