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Old 01-15-2013, 09:16 PM   #1
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No Sugar Added Desserts

I see on the menus that some TS places have at least one dessert that falls into the no sugar added/sugar free category but there are a few where I don't see that option.
Does anyone know whether or not they will come up with a no sugar added option for someone in your party that is a diabetic, or is that person just out of luck??
In particular, I am wondering about 'Ohana and Chefs de France as well as some of the buffet meals like Cape May and Boma.
Also, if anyone knows what the "usual" no sugar added option might be (if there is one) I'd love to know. Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:34 PM   #2
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I see on the menus that some TS places have at least one dessert that falls into the no sugar added/sugar free category but there are a few where I don't see that option.
Does anyone know whether or not they will come up with a no sugar added option for someone in your party that is a diabetic, or is that person just out of luck??
In particular, I am wondering about 'Ohana and Chefs de France as well as some of the buffet meals like Cape May and Boma.
Also, if anyone knows what the "usual" no sugar added option might be (if there is one) I'd love to know. Thanks in advance!
Are you diabetic or is it someone else in your party?

As a diabetic myself, I find it is usually much easier--and I'm much happier--if I share a regular dessert with someone (or eat half and take the rest back to the room) rather than taking the "sugar-free" option. Sugar-free doesn't mean carb free, and it's the total carbs that affect blood sugar. Sugar-free items are often actually higher in carbs than foods made with sugar because they stuff them with all kinds of junk to make them taste halfway decent. And usually they DON'T taste halfway decent even then.

That said, if the diabetic in your party insists on sugar-free, the "standard" is often a sugar-free brownie. And I did enjoy the sugar-free mango gelato at Cosmic Ray's.
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I see on the menus that some TS places have at least one dessert that falls into the no sugar added/sugar free category but there are a few where I don't see that option.
Does anyone know whether or not they will come up with a no sugar added option for someone in your party that is a diabetic, or is that person just out of luck??
In particular, I am wondering about 'Ohana and Chefs de France as well as some of the buffet meals like Cape May and Boma.
Also, if anyone knows what the "usual" no sugar added option might be (if there is one) I'd love to know. Thanks in advance!
If there is nothing specified on the menu, the typical "no sugar added" dessert will be fruit. Yeah, it's no-sugar-added but not exactly sugar-free. As you said, some of the TS restaurants do have items noted as either sugar-free or no-sugar-added; not as much as CS. But then again we don't do a lot of desserts at our meals, saving those carbs for a special treat during the day instead.
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:04 PM   #4
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Are you diabetic or is it someone else in your party?

As a diabetic myself, I find it is usually much easier--and I'm much happier--if I share a regular dessert with someone (or eat half and take the rest back to the room) rather than taking the "sugar-free" option. Sugar-free doesn't mean carb free, and it's the total carbs that affect blood sugar. Sugar-free items are often actually higher in carbs than foods made with sugar because they stuff them with all kinds of junk to make them taste halfway decent. And usually they DON'T taste halfway decent even then.

That said, if the diabetic in your party insists on sugar-free, the "standard" is often a sugar-free brownie. And I did enjoy the sugar-free mango gelato at Cosmic Ray's.
It's someone else in my party...I'm sure that at times they will choose to have one of the regular desserts and just eat a portion of the serving. It I just wanted to see what their options might be...
I had a feeling that the no sugar added options might not be quite as pleasing to the palate but it's always nice to know what to expect...thanks for your response!!
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The no sugar added or sugar free desserts are often made with sugar alcohols. They are the same thing that makes Ex-lax work so beware. I am especially sensitive to the to the point I must avoid them. I would rather have a small piece of fruit or a portion of a regular dessert. Can't have the mango sorbet either due to a LTA to mango.
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The no sugar added or sugar free desserts are often made with sugar alcohols. They are the same thing that makes Ex-lax work so beware. I am especially sensitive to the to the point I must avoid them. I would rather have a small piece of fruit or a portion of a regular dessert. Can't have the mango sorbet either due to a LTA to mango.
Yes...sometimes they can be worse than the regular desserts...either way, it's nice to know what this person's options are.
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Oh, I forgot about this one. BOG does have a no-sugar-added lemon-raspberry cream puff now. I tried it, and it was pretty yummy! Added bonus: BOG provides full nutritional information. The no-sugar cream puff is 19g of carbs. Not too bad. But the other, regular cream puffs also have similar carb counts.
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I agree with Talking Hands - approach the sugar free desserts with caution! The carb count is typically about the same as a regular dessert. And the sugar alcohols can be awful on the digestive system! The resulting diarhea can really mess up your blood sugar control, not to mention your vacation! Your friend might want to try that type of dessert at home before travelling just to see if it will be tolerated.

I either eat a regular dessert and don't finish it or I share with my daughter and/or husband.
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I agree with Talking Hands - approach the sugar free desserts with caution! The carb count is typically about the same as a regular dessert. And the sugar alcohols can be awful on the digestive system! The resulting diarhea can really mess up your blood sugar control, not to mention your vacation! Your friend might want to try that type of dessert at home before travelling just to see if it will be tolerated.

I either eat a regular dessert and don't finish it or I share with my daughter and/or husband.
I thank everyone for the warnings but he's been a diabetic for over 15 years so he's pretty familiar w/ the effects of the sugar alcohols and seems to tolerate them fairly well in modest proportions.
My suspicion is that sometimes he'll go for the no sugar added option and sometimes a smaller portion of a regular dessert all depending on what's spikes his interest on the menu.
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Is he Type 1 or Type 2? If Type 1 and going to be covered with insulin it's probably better to go with a regular dessert since sugar-free typically has more carbohydrates or is hard on the stomach. Plus, with all that walking he might need a few extra carbs anyway - Type 1 or Type 2.
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[QUOTE=GenevieveRaqs;47219005]Oh, I forgot about this one. BOG does have a no-sugar-added lemon-raspberry cream puff now. I tried it, and it was pretty yummy! Added bonus: BOG provides full nutritional information. The no-sugar cream puff is 19g of carbs. Not too bad. But the other, regular cream puffs also have similar carb counts.[/QUOTE

I too would really appreciate a carbohydrate count from restaurants, even though it is not an exact science. The nutrition labels legally required for supermarket foods are pretty accurate, but the carbohydrate count in a slice of bread can differ depending even upon what time of year the wheat was harvested. I am a Type-1 diabetic who learned this from her endocrinologist.
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