[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chocolate is outdated and encourages over-indulgence.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
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."
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Published: 2006/06/11 23:06:39 GMT
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