Sunday, June 20, 2010


Here is a question I recently received from

I have type 2 diabetes. I’m kind of addicted to jawbreaker candy (especially fireballs). How harmful is it to eat these candies and what alternatives should I try… Is fruit a good alternative?

Fireball candies contain 11 grams of carbohydrate- almost 1 carbohydrate serving for 1! When feeding your "addiction", it is important to keep this in mind.

Eating a fireball may be a a good choice if you are choosing 1 piece of candy for one of your snacks. Is it the best choice? No. It is up to you to decide if indulging frequently is worth it.

Fruit is a better choice as it is a good source of fiber and will keep you satisfied longer. However, if you are craving sweet things often, it may be in your best interest to try some sugar-free treats, such as sugar-free jello or popsicles to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your health.

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