Desserts need not be completely eliminated from the diet of a person with hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood is abnormally low. Like a fever, it is more of a symptom rather than a disease. It is commonly associated with diabetes.
There are several causes of hypoglycemia. Some of the causes are: an overproduction of insulin, a reaction to diabetes medication or a poor and inadequate diet. Although the choices may not be as extensive as with people who do not have this condition, satisfying cravings for dessert is still possible. Listed below are the 5 desserts for hypoglycemics.
1. High Fiber Fruits Low in Sugar
Not all fruits are created equal. Some fruits are not good for people with hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemic patients should avoid fruits that are sweet and have high levels of sugar such as grapes and prunes. Dried fruits and some canned fruits with added sugar should also be avoided. The best fruit desserts for hypoglycemics are apples, pears, berries, apricots, lemons, cantaloupes, grapefruits and persimmons. These fruits are high in dietary fiber. Fibrous fruits assist in slowing down glucose absorption. Also, with low sugar in fruits, glucose levels in the blood are better regulated and stabilized.
2. Luna Minis
Made with 70% organic ingredients, these dessert/snack bars are low glycemic and are highly recommended for people with hypoglycemia. Low glycemic foods digest slowly. Luna Minis are half the size of the regular Luna bars. It only has 5 grams of sugar and is high in protein and dietary fiber. Proteins and fibers are digested much slower and help stabilize blood sugars. Aside from this, it is also rich in several vitamins and minerals.
3. Carob-Based Desserts
Carob may be used as a substitute for chocolate. Unlike chocolates, which worsen hypoglycemia, carob stabilizes blood sugar levels. You can actually make your own Carob chocolate from 1/3 cups Carob powder, 1/3 cups soya drink and 125 grams melted copha. For a Carob ice cream, 2 tbsp. Carob powder can be mixed with 1 3/4 cups runny coconut milk, 90 grams creamed coconut and 1/2 lemon. Notice that for the recipes stated, milk substitutes are used. This is because milk has a naturally occurring sugar called lactose.
4. Peanut and Almond Butter on Bran Crackers
This food combination is a hypoglycemic’s substitute to cakes and pastries. Peanut butter or almond Butter are spread on top of the bran and cut into little bite size squares. Peanut butter and almond butter are rich in protein and bran is rich in fiber. They are most effective when eaten together.
5. Sugar-Free Desserts
An intake of foods with simple sugars can easily cause a crash on sugar levels of people with hypoglycemic. The body will over produce insulin levels, causing a low glucose level. There are several sugar-free desserts available. Some are completely devoid of sugar while some use sugar substitutes.
It is always best to consult a dietician or a nutritionist. People have varying glucose tolerances, and the amount or kind of food that may be safe for one individual may not be safe for another.