Love is in the air this week and it is also the beginning of Lent. We all know the way to a mans heart is through his stomach and a woman’s is chocolate. Well now Life Kitchen offer you a healthy dessert range that helps to build favours with the extra special health conscious or diabetic person in your life. So, you can have your cake and eat it with Life Kitchens range of Diabetic Desserts and keep your Lent challenges on track! Why are no added sugar desserts so important to us in Ireland? Here are some reasons why?
Diabetes Statistics in Ireland
According to the Healthy Ireland survey, 854,165 adults over 40 in the Republic of Ireland are at increased risk of developing (or have) Type 2 diabetes. More alarmingly, there are a further 304,382 in the 30 – 39-year age group that are overweight and not taking the weekly 150 minutes recommended physical activity, leaving them at an increased risk of chronic ill-health. This means that there are 1,158,547 adults in Ireland that need to consider making changes to their daily behaviours in terms of eating healthily and being more active. That’s a massive 1/3 of the population.
The Sugar Tax
Governments around the world are starting to listen to the research on the negative impact of sugar filled products on obesity levels and diabetes. Ireland are introducing a sugar tax on drinks this year and it was announced last week that this will be on the 6th of April. The UK are also introducing a similar tax around the same date. A recent report published by a group of Oxford researchers estimates that a reduction of 30 per cent in the sugar content of all high-sugar drinks and a 15 per cent reduction in mid-sugar drinks in the UK could result in 144,000 fewer adults and children with obesity; 19,000 fewer cases of Type 2 diabetes a year; and 269,000 fewer teeth suffering from decay annually. This effect should also be seen in Ireland.
While this tax will add approximately 30c onto the price of a soft drink with over 8g of sugar it does not affect any other food category for the moment. At ISM, the world’s largest Sweets and Biscuits Fair, which was held recently in Cologne the reduced sugar was very evident and showed that the trend is here to stay. It is only a matter of time that the sugar tax will also incorporate sweets, biscuits and desserts. Therefore, Life Kitchen developed their range of natural diabetic desserts that are not just for diabetics.
Shortage of diabetic desserts on the market
We all like to have something sweet in our lives. There is nothing nicer than a nice dessert after your dinner. If you are suffering from obesity and are trying to watch what you eat, or you are already suffering from Type 2 or Type 1 diabetes there are fewer options available for you in the Supermarkets in terms of diabetic desserts. The diabetic specific products are not much better. They are full of unhealthy artificial sweeteners and often fat is added to replace taste which results in a product that is more calorific so it doesn’t help with obesity which is the main reasons why people have diabetes to begin with.
So why not try out Life Kitchens Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Cheesecake or Berry Mousse which are packed with natural flavours and sweetened with Xylitol, a natural sweetener from birch sap. So they are the perfect Diabetic Dessert but are also suitable for anyone looking for a healthy treat that’s high in protein.
Also make sure you read our other blog article on how our diabetic desserts help to combat tooth decay here.
In a number of SuperValu’s around Ireland our healthy desserts (Chocolate Mousse, Lemon Cheesecake and Berry Mousse) are available to buy and we are increasing our stores weekly so keep an eye out here to see where we are stocked. Our Healthy Diabetic Desserts can also be ordered online at lifekitchen.ie.
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