We’re a nation at war. At war with diabetes, that is. In October 2019, it was announced that advertisements of packaged drinks with very high sugar content will be banned in Singapore, and we are the first country in the world to do so. Drinks with medium-to-high sugar levels will have to be clearly labelled that they are unhealthy.
Diabetes is without a doubt a huge problem in Singapore. A 2015 report by the International Diabetes Federation shows that the Little Red Dot has the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations.
According to the World Health Organization, the number of people with diabetes has increased four-fold over 35 years because of “the way people eat, move and live”.
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Twelve per cent of Singaporeans suffer from pre-diabetes. One third will remain pre-diabetic, while another third will become diabetic. The last third though can actually revert to healthy glucose levels if exercise and lifestyle changes are made. Diabetics who make these changes will also benefit.
So what should diabetics do?
It’s a myth that diabetics should avoid carbohydrates. We all need carbs for energy, but diabetics are recommended to eat them in moderate portions, according to the Health Promotion Board. High-fibre foods are types of slow-releasing carbs that help keep blood sugar levels constant. What we don’t needs are high sugar foods and drinks which have been linked with increased risk in developing type 2 diabetes.
So space out meals to avoid spikes, and be smart about what you eat. It doesn’t mean you have to give up life’s little pleasures. That’s why we’ve come up with these diabetes-friendly desserts. They are created using less fat and sugar and some have been given fibre boosts so you have better control of your blood sugar, without having to give up on treats.
*Consult your doctor or registered dietitian for a healthy diet plan.