Estée van Lingen, a registered dietitian, tells us why the Fabulite range is ideal for people living with diabetes.
When planning meals or snacks, people living with diabetes have to be careful of what and how much of certain food they consume. When you have to restrict carbohydrate (especially sugar) as well as fat intake, it can make healthy choices limited and also mean that less appetising options be consumed for health purposes.
It’s also important to have protein-based snacks to assist in controlling blood glucose levels compared to only having a sugar or carbohydrate by itself as a snack.
So, the question, Should I rather have low-fat, sweetened yoghurt or plain full cream? must have crossed your mind.
The Fabulite range
Thankfully, now you don’t have to wonder anymore. Parmalat has designed a tasty yoghurt range called Fabulite. This range of delicious yoghurts has no added sugar and no fat. Each yoghurt contains protein and calcium which are nice benefits to consuming yoghurt. This making it a perfect option for someone living with diabetes or anyone wanting to limit their sugar intake. You can have all of these benefits without compromising on taste and still enjoy a delicious meal or snack.
The Fabulite range is Halaal approved and consists of different flavours to suit every individuals taste preference, such as plain, vanilla, strawberry, blueberry and pomegranate, and black cherry. Each flavour can be found in 1kg or 6 x 100g tubs.
Fabulite can be added to a healthy diet as part of breakfast, snacks or even main meals. For breakfast and snacks, it can be enjoyed by itself or topped with berries, nuts and seeds, or even added into a smoothie.
Fabulite’s fruit range can be enjoyed as a guilt-free dessert; while everyone else is consuming something sweet, you can have a healthier alternative that is on par in the taste department.
The yoghurt can also be frozen as lollies to make an appetising healthy yoghurt lolly.
The plain fat free Fabulite yoghurt is perfect as a salad dressing or an alternative to mayonnaise or cream in recipes.
Nutritional information: (per 100g)
|Yoghurt||Plain Fat Free||Fat free fruited||Fat Free Vanilla|
|Glycaemic Carbohydrates (g)||6||8||6|
|Of which total sugar (g)||3,1||3,1||3,1|
|Total fat (g)||0,2||0,1||0,2|
For a 100g serving, it only has 200 – 210kj which is less than a fruit serving, and has 6 – 8g of carbohydrates which is equal to 1 tsp of sugar. This is basically the sugar from the milk called lactose as there is no added sugar. Only 3g of that is the sugar.
Fat and calcium
The fat content is also less than 1g which is the perfect low kilojoule, fat-free snack. Calcium is definitely a bonus as you need calcium for strong bones and teeth, and most people don’t meet their calcium needs, increasing the risk for osteoporosis (low bone density). Calcium recommendations are 1000mg per day or more depending on individual needs.
So, go on and try one (or all) of these delicious flavours and expect to be surprised by how satisfying eating a healthy snack can be and soon even the whole family will enjoy these yoghurts as well.
MEET THE EXPERT
Estée van Lingen is a registered dietitian and has been in private practice since 2014. She is registered with the HPCSA as well as ADSA and served on the ADSA Gauteng South Committee for 2020 – 2022.
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