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[IPk] BBC News.co.uk item: 'Call to scrap diabetes treat food'

Hallelujah! May Thorntons and all the rest get a clue sometime soon too.

Diabetes UK positively disposed towards pump therapy and protesting against 
sugar alcohols...who ever would have thought?!?!

Type 1 13 years; MiniMed pumper 7.5 years; Animas pumper 2 years 6 months; 
sugar-alcohol hater 8 years

Retailers are being urged to withdraw diabetes treat food and drinks.

Charity Diabetes UK is arguing the concept of diabetes-friendly biscuits and 
chocolate is outdated and encourages over-indulgence.

It said others should follow the lead of the Co-operative Group, which has 
agreed to phase the treats out of its 500 supermarkets and pharmacies.

Experts said diets including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables was best 
for people with and without the condition.

Diabetes treat foods, such as low-sugar chocolate, jam and soft drinks, 
became popular in the 1960s when diabetes care focused on eating a 
sugar-free, low-carbohydrate diet.

"These foods do not contain sugar so people may think that labelling them as 
'suitable for diabetics' means it's okay to eat large quantities" --Zoe 
Harrison, of Diabetes UK

Food manufacturers used sugar alcohols and bulk sweeteners, instead of 
sucrose, to make sugar-free products.

They are now less common on UK store shelves than they used to be, but many 
of the leading chains still stock a limited range.

But Zoe Harrison, care adviser at Diabetes UK, said: "These foods do not 
contain sugar so people may think that labelling them as 'suitable for 
diabetics' means it's okay to eat large quantities.

"However, diabetic foods are also high in fat and are therefore unadvisable 
in large quantities for people with or without diabetes.


"They also contain sweeteners which affect blood glucose levels in much the 
same way as sugar, and therefore offer no nutritional benefit.

"I hope other outlets will follow this example."

She said people with diabetes were advised that small amounts of ordinary 
versions as part of a healthy balanced diet - the same advice that applies 
to everyone.

Liz Colling, of the Co-operative Group, said the foods would be phased out 
following discussions with Diabetes UK.

"The advice to people with diabetes has changed in recent years, and the 
focus is now on making healthy food choices and having a balanced diet - not 
simply eating special 'diabetic' products, which are often very expensive."

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2006/06/11 23:06:39 GMT
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