Food myths for PWD*…

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It's my sweet tooth!

It’s not that sim­ple. While type 1 is trig­gered by ge­net­ics and un­known fac­tors, type 2 is caused by a mix of ge­net­ics and lifestyle

fac­tors. One of those is be­ing over­weight, but it’s not just sugar that causes that. Plus, if you are

over­weight, that’s only a risk fac­tor, not a di­rect cause of type 2.

No more choco­late!

False. As long as choco­late, or other foods con­tain­ing added or nat­u­ral sug­ars, are eaten as part of a healthy meal plan or com­bined with ex­er­cise, peo­ple with di­a­betes can def­i­nitely still en­joy them in mod­er­a­tion. Talk to your GP

or di­eti­tian for more info.

Ugh. A ‘spe­cial diet’

Not re­ally. These days ‘healthy eat­ing’ for peo­ple who have di­a­betes is no dif­fer­ent to the

‘healthy eat­ing’ guide­lines rec­om­mended for the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. You don’t need to pre­pare sep­a­rate meals or buy spe­cial food – the recipes in DL are de­signed for ev­ery­one. ➤

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