- Can I eat foods that contain sugar if I have diabetes?
- How can I make recipes healthier for people with diabetes?
- Can I still drink alcohol with diabetes?
Having diabetes does not mean you need to eat a sugar-free diet. Sugar can be used in foods and in baking as part of a healthy diet. However, use sugar-free, no added sugar or diet squashes and fizzy drinks, as sugary drinks cause blood glucose levels to rise quickly.
There's no need to throw away your favourite recipes and cookbooks just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes – following a healthy eating plan need not involve mastering a whole new collection of recipes.
There is no need to give up alcohol just because you have diabetes. Guidelines (in line with the rest of the population) are a daily recommendation of one unit for women and two units for men.
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