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From Exeter, Devon, UK:

My wife has recently started work as a cook at a retirement home and there are a couple of senior citizen diabetics. She is looking for a source of recipes for cakes, etc. for these people as they, up to now, have not been able to take part in the "snack" times the other residents have.


The American Diabetes Association and American Dietetic Association have several cookbooks out with many good recipes in them. The sponge cake and the angelfood cake have always been a standby for people with diabetes. A whipped topping and fresh fruit can be used to garnish the cakes. The local bookstore may have good recipe books as well. A two inch piece of frosted cake can be counted a two bread/starch servings or about 30 grams of carbohydrate and substituted for something else in the diet if the exchange system or carbohydrate counting is used in your area.


Additional comments from Lois Schmidt Finney, diabetes dietitian:

We usually do not advocate special desserts for those with diabetes. Plain cake or cookies (as sugar cookies or vanilla wafers, etc.) or a thin slice of a fruit bread are usually well-received. These usually count as 1-2 starches and 1-2 fat, depending on size. Also, low fat (not fat-free) ice cream can be a real treat. Sugar free puddings are also real popular, although regular puddings can be used, but then a smaller portion would need to be given. The two books mentioned by Joyce do provide some recipes, but again, sometimes they are a lot of work and do not taste like the real thing. Watch out for foods sweetened with sugar alcohols since they can cause diarrhea if given in large enough amounts and since dehydration in a nursing home is a real danger, do beware.


Original posting 18 Jul 1998
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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