Diabetics at Easter
My niece is a diabetic. Is it ok to buy her a chocolate Easter egg?
A little chocolate at this time of year will not affect her long-term blood glucose control.
For kids with diabetes, it is important they have a similar egg to their siblings and friends so that they do not feel their diabetes excludes them.
The key is for her to eat small amounts of the egg at a time, spread throughout the Easter period. Watch out for eggs that contain extra sweets and chocolate - go for one that has a toy or mug instead of extra sweets.
‘Diabetic’ Easter eggs are not recommended.
The chocolate contains fructose, sorbitol which can have a laxative effect. It is also just as high in fat and calories as ordinary chocolate, and can still raise blood-glucose levels.