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Low Concentrated Sweets Diet

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The low concentrated sweets diet helps control blood sugar levels by eliminating most simple sugars (concentrated sweets) in the foods you eat. All carbohydrates break down to sugar as they are eaten and digested. There are two different types of carbohydrate: complex and simple. Most simple sugars are considered concentrated sweets. Simple carbohydrates cause a quick increase in blood sugar.

Your doctor might order a low concentrated sweets diet for you if:

  • you have diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes mellitus
  • you are on medications that can cause high blood sugar
  • you have diarrhea

The following recommendations should be followed:

Food GroupFoods Allowed/RecommendedFoods to Avoid / Use Sparingly

Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Grain Crackers
Whole Wheat Dinner rolls
Whole Wheat Muffins   
Cooked cereals
Dry cereals (unsweetened)
Potatoes (white or sweet)
Whole Wheat Pasta 
Brown Rice

Sweetened rolls, pastries, bread
Doughnuts, muffins, pastries with frosting
Granola bars
Caramel or kettle corn
Sugar coated or honey glazed cereals
Cereals containing sugar coated fruits or marshmallows
Glazed sweet potatoes
Beans prepared with sugar or molasses
Cinnamon sugar pretzels
French Fries
 FruitsFresh or frozen fruits without added sugar
Canned fruits without sugar or syrup
Unsweetened applesauce
Fruit juice
Fruit drinks/punch
Canned fruit in light or heavy syrup
Dried fruit
VegetablesFresh, frozen or canned vegetablesSugar-coated or glazed vegetables
Milk and YogurtWhole, low-fat milk (unflavored, no sugar added)Chocolate/strawberry milk
Sweetened milk beverages/milkshakes
Yogurt with added sugar
Meat and SubstitutesLean beef, lam, pork, veal or poultryGlazed meats
Chocolate covered/sweetened nuts
Combination FoodsSoup
Foods that do not contain sweetened sauces or glazes
Sugar/sweetened soups
Foods that contain sweetened sauces or glazes
Desserts/SweetsSugar-free pudding
Sugar-free jello
Vanilla wafers
Graham crackers
Angel food cake
Sugar-free cookies
Sugar-free ice cream
Sugar-free candy
Diet jelly
Diet syrup
Splenda®, Equal®, Sweet n Low®
Check with your dietitian about other sugar-free foods that are acceptable.
Read labels carefully
Pies, cakes, pastries, cookies or other sweetened desserts
Candy or candy bars
Ice cream
Jelly or jam
Sugar-free Kool-aid
Crystal light
Diet soda
Unsweetened coffee/tea
Regular soda
Fruit juices
Kool-aid (prepared with sugar)
Sports drinks
Sweet tea
Fats and OilsMargarine/butter
Salad dressing
Vegetable oils
Sour cream
Use fats in moderation
Condiments/ MiscellaneousArtificial sweeteners
Diet Ketchup                                
Soy sauce
Steak sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Dill pickles
Sweet pickles
Ketchup (more than 2 tbsp.)

Note: Many sugar-free foods, as well as many other foods listed in the “foods allowed” column, are not necessarily “carbohydrate-free”. Therefore, those foods can still raise your blood sugar, and it is important to practice portion control when eating these foods.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 05/2018

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