Visiting friends and relatives and partaking in communal feasting are part of the tradition of Lunar New Year celebrations. However, these festive treats usually contain highly refined carbohydrates with high sugar content that can cause blood sugar levels to rise. Particularly for diabetic patients, the excess sugar may lead to worsening of their condition as their body will not be able to produce enough insulin to counter the extra sugar intake.
While those with diabetes need to be extra mindful of their sugar intake, it does not mean that everyday folks can overlook it. If you really have to indulge in those sweet treats, spread them out throughout the day and not consume them in one sitting.
While festive seasons are great occasions for us to relax and let loose, remember to always opt for healthier food options that are low in sugar or sugar-free.