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Equal ensures diabetics don't miss out on home baking

Equal ensures diabetics don't miss out on home baking

Equal has launched a new low-kilojoule sweetener, Equal Baking, to help the growing number of New Zealanders with diabetes to manage their sugar intake.

According to Diabetes New Zealand, the number of people with diabetes is increasing - in fact more than 157,000 people in New Zealand have been diagnosed with diabetes, a 35 percent increase since 2001, with another 480,000 people at risk.[i]

"People with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes in particular need be mindful of their total energy intake (kilojoules) to manage their weight and blood sugar levels", said nutritionist Nikki Hart.

Equal is making life a little easier for those controlling their glucose levels by introducing Equal Baking, a new product made using sucralose.

Equal Baking measures cup for cup just like sugar but contains up to 89 percent* less kilojoules than sugar and as the name suggests, it has been created especially with baking in mind. Its special blend of ingredients, including sucralose, means it keeps its sweetness at high temperatures, so people with diabetes and those controlling their kilojoule intake can still enjoy cooking and eating baked treats.

To provide inspiration and assistance for those who may feel hesitant about using sweeteners in cooking, you can visit www.clubequal.co.nz to download recipes specifically created for use with Equal Baking.

A number of these recipes have been developed to ensure they are suitable for diabetics and for people who are looking to manage their weight, by meeting specific criteria developed by Food & Nutrition Australia, with reference to guidelines from Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the Dieticians Association of Australia and Diabetes Australia.

Furthermore, as Equal Baking measures and sweetens spoon for spoon like sugar, it can easily be used in a multitude of ways in everyday life, such as to sweeten hot and cold beverages, or sprinkled over cereal, yoghurt or fruit.

"It's important for people with diabetes to eat healthily, and using a sweetener instead of sugar can help satisfy a sweet craving without sending the kilojoule count sky high," said Nikki Hart.

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