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Gifts for Diabetics, Tips to Help Them Stay Healthy on the Diabetic Diet

If you have a friend or relative who is diabetic, of course you would not want to buy gifts for diabetics that could cause health problems. The diabetic diet is a rather specialized one and even though the American Diabetes Association Diet allows some sugar and refined flour foods, it is still best to avoid these.

How can you as a giver of a diabetic gift basket get around this to give the right gifts for diabetics? First of all, consider the glycemic index and protein content of the foods you want to give.

With consideration to the glycemic index or a high protein diabetic diet, you could focus your gifts for diabetics on tasty high protein foods such as low sodium smoked salmon, water-packed sardines, unsalted anchovies, smoked oysters, low fat low salt cheeses, low salt olives, fancy olive oil and seasoned vinegar (tarragon is a good one).

Many fresh fruits like apples, tangerines, pears and grapefruit as well as most vegetables are relatively low on the glycemic index. So bottled artichoke hearts, mushrooms and red bell peppers might be good vegetable choices.  

Here are Some Especially
Healthy Food Gifts for Diabetics

One of the best gifts for diabetics is raw nuts (especially organically grown/pesticide free ones), which have healthy oils in them as well as vitamins and minerals. Recent research studies have shown that people who eat nuts regularly have a lower rate of heart disease.

Because people who are diabetic are particularly subject to heart disease, raw nuts are an ideal “health food”. A selection of nuts might include raw walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazel nuts, pistachios, pine nuts and Brazil nuts.  Roasted peanuts, sesame tahini, peanut butter or almond butter are additional choices.

Sugar substitutes might be excellent gifts for diabetics, in fact a sampling of several such as Stevia, xylitol, aspartame (brand name Equal), sucralose (brand name Splenda) and/or saccharine would be interesting gifts for diabetics.

Gifts for Diabetics Don't Have to Be Food!

You might also give a diabetic gift that did not include food at all. Instead, you could give fancy soap, shampoo, or other bath accessories including bath salts and bubble bath. You could also consider potpourri, essential oils and natural creams for the skin. There are also, diabetic bracelets and necklaces to identify someone as diabetic as well as the ones that are sold for diabetes research fundraising .

In fact, the list of possible gifts that could be given as a gift for your diabetic friend or relative is only limited by your imagination!

    
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