Sugar Sweetened Cereals are OKAccording to a report in the September 1995 issue of Diabetes Forecast, it's OK for kids to eat pre-sweetened cereals, as long as you watch the overall amount of carbohydrates. They cite the following examples:
- 1 ounce of S'Mores Grahams (3/4 cup) has 24 grams of carbohydrates
- 1 ounce of Captain Crunch's Peanut Butter Crunch (3/4 cup) has 21.6 grams of carbohydrates
- 1 ounce of Rice Krispies (1 cup) has 24.8 grams of carbohydrates
So while you might get to eat more Rice Krispies (by volume), you'd actually get less carbohydrates by eating the Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch! If you decide to work pre-sweetened cereal into your child's breakfast meal plan, remember that 15 grams of carbohydrates equals one Starch/Bread Exchange.
Ice Cream as a Bed Time SnackThat's right! Ice cream is a great snack right before bed. We learned that at overnight diabetes camp (run by the ADA). Regular vanilla or chocolate only, though. No rocky road! The sugar content isn't that high and the fat takes hours to be digested. It's a nice treat for children who don't get many food treats.
Last Updated: Thursday August 29, 2002 20:59:44
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