Sweets and Desserts

sorbetWhen developing a healthful diet to help manage your diabetes, use sweets and desserts sparingly.
Limit to fewer than 3 servings per day.
One Serving Equals
2 tsp. low-sugar jam or jelly
2 Tbsp. sugar-free syrup
2 Tbsp. whipped topping  
Use More Often
  • Choose products made with NutraSweetTM or other artificial sweeteners
  • Use sugar-free gelatin 
Use Less Often
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Candy
  • Jam, jelly or marmalade
  • Syrup
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Read package labels and watch for ingredients that end in "ose" (which means sugar), such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, lactose and maltose 

Occasionally choose portions with 30 grams or less carbohydrate. Use simple, less sweet items.
The following items contain about 15 grams of carbohydrate:
  • ½ cup ice milk, sherbet or frozen yogurt
  • 3 graham cracker squares 
  • 1 slice cake, no frosting (3" square or 1/12 of cake)
  • 1 slice pound cake (½" wide)
  • 2 small cookies, no frosting (2" diameter)
  • 1 small muffin, plain
  • 3 gingersnaps
  • 5 vanilla wafers