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From: Deb T. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: jawbreaker candy and diabetes?
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I have type 2 diabetes.  I'm kind of addicted to jawbreaker candy (especially fireballs).  How harmful is it to eat these candies and what alternatives should I try... Is fruit a good alternative?

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Maria Mahady, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Fresh fruit is always a better alternative because of the additional benefits (i.e. vitamins, minerals, and fiber) it contains.  Of course it is always... (click for entire response)

Elissa Basham, Dietetic Intern
Answer: When you crave sweet, try the fruit first.  If you want a jaw breaker once in a while, itís okay, just be aware of its carbohydrate and sugar content and take it into account with your daily carb budget... (click for entire response)

Lauren Siegfried, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Both of these items contain carbohydrates, but fruit also contains vitamins, minerals and fiber that are not found in hard candies.  A medium piece of fruit contains about 15 grams carbohydrate per piece, whereas a piece of jawbreaker type candy... (click for entire response)

Nien-Jung Wu, Dietetic Intern
Answer: To cut down the amount of jawbreaker candy you eat and to avoid craving could be your first step.  For instance, take only a small portion of the fireballs into a separate sandwich bag, and that will be the maximum... (click for entire response)

Laura Arrington, Nutrition Student
Answer: Fruit is a better choice because it contains fiber, vitamins and minerals while the jawbreaker only contains carbohydrates and sugar.  Some people really like... (click for entire response)

Stacey Greenberg, Nutrition Student
Answer: There are approximately 17 g of carbohydrates in a fireball.  Since you count your carbohydrate intake now that you are managing your diabetes fruit is a... (click for entire response)


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