100 recipes lacking nothing of the vital Worrall Thompson zest and flair... easy, appetising stuff -- The Times, Oct 03
will be a welcome source of culinary inspiration for the huge number of people suffering from this disease -- House & Garden, Nov 2003
From the Author
From Antony Worrall Thompson:
I categorically state at the beginning of the book that I dont advise the use of artificial sweeteners and spreads which contain hydrogenated fats. Anyone who knows of my reputation knows full well that I am one of the strongest public voices in favour of organic products and that I am constantly castigating many food manufacturers and indeed the public for making or buying foods heavy in sugars, salt, fats and preservatives. My recipes were all tried and tested by myself and others and passed suitable for people with diabetes by a well-renowned Consultant Nutritionist and Dietician, Azmina Govindji BSc RD. Our intentions are to create a book to give people with diabetes hope and make them realise that enjoyable food after diagnosis is still possible - and this is what we have done.
From Azmina Govindji:
There is no reason why people with diabetes need to avoid sugar. Sweets are no more out of bounds to people with diabetes than they are to the rest of us, if eaten as part of a healthy diet, or combined with exercise. So, the diet for diabetes is indeed a healthy diet for the whole population, and organisations such as Diabetes UK and the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation endorse the use of sugar as part of a healthy balanced diet. Current advice from Diabetes U.K.:
''People with diabetes used to be advised to restrict the use of sugar and sugary foods. However, it is now known that sugar does not raise the blood sugar level any higher than starch does, provided that the calorie content of the sugar-containing food is the same as that of the starchy food. Diabetes UK's current advice is therefore that sugar can be used by people with diabetes who are not overweight, provided that it is used in the context of a healthy diet and does not account for more than 10 per cent of the calories obtained from carbohydrate''. Further, they add that people with diabetes do not ''need to eat a sugar-free diet. Sugar can be used as an ingredient in foods and in baking as part of a healthy diet. However, use sugar-free, low sugar or diet squashes and fizzy drinks, as sugary drinks cause blood glucose levels to rise quickly''.