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Jan 12, 2007 07:37 AM

Help for a Diabetic with a demonic sweet-tooth.

So I was just diagnosed with diabetes, and like all the diabetics I know, I was cursed with an insatiable sweet-tooth. I might as well slit my throat if I were to go completely cold turkey without sugar, but I will have to limit my sugar intake and substitute some of my carbs. Does anyone have any good recommendations for good sweets, pastries, candies, ect. that don't taste like chemicals? Maybe made with Splenda or agave nectar?
Thanks for any advice.

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  1. Mani's Bakery offers tons of goodies with natural and sugarfree ingredients. I've had many cake slices there (it's so hard to resist getting more than one to go!), and I've never noticed a difference in taste.

    Good luck, and my well wishes!

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    1. re: chica

      I have to point out that places like Mani's, M Cafe and the Newsroom may use organic ingredients or claim to be sugar-free, but nearly all their sweets are packed with sweeteners like honey, concentrated fruit juice and rice syrup that your body will react to exactly the same way as white sugar. Unfortunately, the desserts at M Cafe mostly seem to have a soy aftertaste unless they are completely fruit-based. Diabetics can't assume that any baked goods are actually sugar-free, especially since even those sweetened with Splenda could have enough flour/starch to put them over the limit.

      1. re: chica

        I think the desserts at Manis are not very tasty, which they apparently make up for by supersizing them - we are talking huge - probably 700 calories a pop. Hope you are sharing.

        I like the desserts at Inaka on La Brea. They only have 2 - an apple nut concoction and chocolate tofu mousse. They are not supersized or too sweet. They hit a sweet spot, but unlike the real sugary stuff they dont do that mean trick where one is never enough and you crave more and more.

      2. M Cafe de Chaya

        Newsroom Cafe

        1. Well, there's the "healthy dessert" store -- I'm sorry I can't remember the exact name, it's something precious like the Skinny Sweete Shoppeppepepe. It's on the corner of Honolulu, Verdugo Rd, Verdugo Blvd and Montrose Ave, right at the edge of Montrose Shopping Park, in Montrose. Across from the Rocky Cola Cafe (a must-miss, BTW) and down from Zeke's Smokehouse.

          1. The Cobbler Lady in Crenshaw Square (3854 Crenshaw Blvd.) makes excellent sugar free apple, peach and cherry cobbler, I believe using Splenda. However, they are only made three days a week (I think MWTh, but I'm not sure), and the cherry is only made on one of those days, though there are often leftovers the next day. They also have sugar free tea cakes at times.

            1. fiore, little tokyo
              all natural frozen yogurt sweetened with stevia