Shopping Can Be Challenging
If you have blood sugar issues, shopping can be challenging. We highlight a few products and tips here to help you avoid foods that can put you on the blood sugar roller coaster. We partner with perfact, an innovative start up working to make the food system transparent, to help us select products that meet our criteria. Reference in this website to any specific commercial products, process or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement by the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.
We don’t mind highlighting a few special products here that exemplify good practices in the food and beverage industry.
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Look, we get it – crunchy carbs are delicious, but most processed carbohydrates have the potential to throw our blood sugar into turmoil. If you do get a craving for crunch carbs, consider making your own flourless crackers, like this recipe from our partner, The Suppers Programs. If you want something off of the shelf, consider something like Mary’s Gone Crackers – high in fiber, seeds and no flour.
For many who suffer from chronic hypoglycemia, we recommend avoiding caffeine beverages. You still deserve special and delicious drinks though so consider trying the Original Yogi Tea® recipe, created by Yogi Tea founder, Yogi Bhajan, to provide a delicious health benefit to his yoga students. Traditional Ayurvedic spices Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger, Clove and Black Pepper are blended for a richly spiced chai tea designed to warm the body and help stimulate digestion. We appreciate that Yogi Tea makes their teas with organic non-GMO ingredients.
Almost everyone loves chocolate. If you are struggling with hypoglycemia, it is important to avoid products with added sugar. When you do feel like a special treat, and have a craving for chocolate, then there aren’t many brands that offer sugar-free options. Lily’s Sweets makes a Non-GMO and gluten-free product with Fair Trade practices, and sweetens their chocolate with no refined or processed sugars. Most of the chocolates out there that are sugar free use malitol or other sugar alcohols that can give you gas. Some stevia sweetened chocolates we have tried are awful. Lily’s get it right.
Replacing sweetened beverages can be hard for some, and even calorie free sweeteners can put your metabolic system into disarray.
Hint Water was founded by a woman who wants to change the way America drinks. Of course, you can make your own spa waters and iced herbal teas too. Try this delicious recipe for ginger tea from The Suppers Programs.
Start with Healthy Recipes
Over 90% of people who shop today make occasional impulse purchases that they didn’t intend to buy initially. One way to avoid impulse buying is to plan shopping based on healthy recipes. But what cookbooks out there are are really good for people with hypoglycemia? Here we offer a few suggestions.