Itâ€™s not surprising news that when you're pregnant, you have to watch what you eat. But a new study was...
Itâ€™s not surprising news that when you're pregnant, you have to watch what you eat. But a new study was released last week that not only emphasizes a continued effort to cut down on cases of gestational diabetes, but an effort to cut down on sugar in general. The study, presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association reports that pregnant women that consume too much sugar could be exposing their baby to a higher possibility of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity as the child grows. The study, the largest of its kind to date, points out that even if a woman manages to consume extra sugar without developing gestational diabetes, the risks to her unborn baby remain the same. Some women do crave sweet treats during pregnancy (believe me, I know -- I had a little chocolate ice cream addiction myself when I was pregnant). However, there are plenty of goodies that will satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing the health of you or your baby. For example...
- Sugar-free hot chocolate. (For some more chocolate options that won't derail your diet, see here.)
- Fruit has sugar, so watch your serving sizes -- but sliced peaches, grapes, or pineapple chunks will often satisfy your cravings faster than a huge slice of cake.
- Kelloggâ€™s and other popular cereal makers are now making cereals with far less sugar -- up to a third less. Give your old Froot Loops a try when you need a sweet snack, but buy the new low sugar variety.
- Try a small square of gourmet quality dark chocolate and nibble it slowly. It's a better choice because even a tiny piece can be more satisfying and rich than an entire store brand chocolate bar, so you you can eat less but feel satisfied.
- Numerous cookbooks are available that can show you how to make anything from brownies to apple cobbler with less sugar. Check out the American Heart Associationâ€™s cooking pages for ideas and resources.