:: STATEMENT ON "DIABETIC"
FOOD WITHDRAWAL FROM BOOTS
Boots, the major producer of "diabetic"
foods in the UK are to stop marketing "diabetic" foods from
the end of March. They anticipate that stores will run out by June. This
means that they will no longer label foods
like chocolate, cakes and biscuits as "suitable for diabetics".
The decision has come as a result
of working with the . Boots have accepted
the consensus of health care professionals throughout Europe that "diabetic"
foods are not a necessary part of the diet for diabetes.
The British Diabetic Association represents
the needs of people with diabetes and influences practice in their best
interests. Labelling a product "diabetic" automatically suggests
a stamp of approval, which can be misleading to people with diabetes and
their families.Diabetic foods are unnecessary and offer no special benefit
to people with diabetes. "Diabetic" Foods play on the myth that
the person with diabetes needs to follow a sugar free diet, where as the
emphasis of the recommendations is how to eat less fat, sugar and salt
and no starchy foods and fruits and vegetables. People with diabetes should
not be stigmatised or discriminated against with the food choices.
Labeling the food as " Diabetic"
implies a special benefit and therefore a need to choose in preference
to a standard product - setting up a false sense of security. They have
in the past been noted to cost up to 4 times more than the standard product,
and tend to be just as high in fat and calories as ordinary products.
They usually contain the bulk sweetener such as fructose or sorbitol which
can have a laxative effect and make blood glucose level rise.
There's no need for anyone with diabetes
to eat special "diabetic" foods like cakes,biscuits and confectionery.
People with diabetes can eat standard confectionery foods as part of an
overall balanced diet. All confectionery foods are high in fat and calories
and need to be limited according to the individual. The British Diabetic
Association recomends the people with diabetes should see a state registered
dietition locally for more specific advice about their individual targets
Source : British Diabetic Association - Diet
Information Services - February 1999.