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Snack Alternatives for Diabetics

People with disabilities find our Freedom Snack Bowl extremely useful because of its high side for easy hand scooping and its patented, screw-on Suction Pad Base. We want to make the brilliant invention even more useful by taking a look at healthy, diabetic-friendly snacks you can enjoy with the freedom snack bowl.

High blood sugars can exacerbate other health conditions we have. For instance, if a diabetic also happens to have low vision due to a separate condition, a high blood sugar only makes vision worse temporarily or even long-term in some cases. High blood sugars also cause sleepiness, which can be a significant problem for those who already have fatigue related to a separate condition, such as multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy.

So let’s take a look at some common snack foods and their diabetic-friendly, low carb alternatives:

1. Apples versus oranges

In the battle between apples and oranges, apples win. Both fruits are a source of carbs, but oranges have more. However, oranges have nearly double the dietary fiber, a source of carbs that is better for people with diabetes because it is not digested and does not raise blood sugar levels. So oranges are certainly not bad for you as long as you eat them in moderation. Grapes have about the same amount of carbs as apples but almost two times less dietary fiber.

Fruit is a common favorite with the Freedom Snack Bowl. Keep your bowl of fruit in a handy spot and enjoy the stability of the Suction Pad Base.

2. Potato chips versus tortilla chips

A lot of people think tortilla chips are healthier than regular potato chips, but as points out, it really doesn’t matter that much when it comes to overall health. However, for diabetics, one could argue that tortilla chips might generally be a better choice, since they tend to contain more dietary fiber and less grease. Plus, it is OK to eat all the salsa you want, because vegetable-rich salsa is usually very low in carbs!

The Freedom Snack Bowl works as a great chip holder for kicking back on a lazy afternoon. Just remember, moderation is key when it comes to chips.

3. Roasted nuts versus sugar-coated nuts

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s very important to remember. There are so many variety of nut snacks, it’s easy to grab a snack pack of an almond and cashew mix without realizing how much sugar is actually there. Make sure to get roasted and salted nuts and check the ingredients and nutrition of flavored nuts for any added sugar.

Scooping a handful of nuts is easy for people with disabilities using the Freedom Snack Bowl.  Using a small saucer makes the nuts spill everywhere, but the Freedom Snack Bowl‘s high sides make it easy to dive right in.

Snacking helps us defeat hunger throughout the day instead of splurging all at once. Always check the nutrition facts and consult your doctor, often in conjunction with a dietician.