By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-11-21 19:13:15 -0600
Started 2010-11-21 13:56:14 -0600

What are the best type of poptarts to feed a type 1 diabetic? I have a 6 year old that loves to eat poptarts for breakfast and he loves them but was just wondering what what kind to get him. He loves the Strawberry poptarts.

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GabbyPA 2010-11-21 19:13:15 -0600 Report

Well, type 1 uses insulin to cover a meal so as long as you are covering the carbs in the poptart and his numbers are not out of control, then let him eat what he wants.

Now, If it were my child, I would not make poptarts a part of his breakfast on a daily basis. There are far more healthy options you can feed him that will give him nutrition along with his meal. Poptarts are pretty empty foods. Since he likes strawberry, maybe find a way to get him to eat fresh strawberries instead with some whole grain toast or some high fiber cereal. Getting a protein in his meal would be good, as balance in each meal is important.

RAYT721 2010-11-21 16:02:31 -0600 Report

I don't know that you're gonna find a healthy pop tart or equivalent; however, as with most products you should be able to find a homemade product that will lower the fat, sugar and other "bad" stuff by substituting better ingredients such as sugar free jellies, wheat bread instead of white, and other "tweaks." Be very caution in ingredients list for things like "high fructose corn syrup," which is a signal for non nutritional sugar. If you find pop tarts or something that the child likes, watch for the carb count and watch for the best amount of fiber you can find. You'll find a lot of products with misleading names like "lower fat," "no sugar," and "healthy" words but ROTFL … reading of the food labels … is what will let you know what's really inside!

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