Question: What does a person with diabetes do when the glucose tabs and candy are gone?
Answer: Anything they have to.
It doesn’t have to be Halloween to know it’s a scary situation to be caught without sugar when blood sugar levels dip. I polled a bunch of my friends with type 1 diabetes and was given an assortment of unlikely foods they’ve used as treatment for a low. I took the Top 10 and put them in descending order of grossness:
- Ketchup. Yuck. Double yuck. We all know that ketchup is sweet, but not too many people would willingly eat spoonful after spoonful. Still, there’s enough sugar content to avert a bad situation.
- Jar of beets. It’ll get the job done, but you may never want to eat beets again.
- Dry Jell-O® powder. In my head I picture this mix tasting like Pixy Stix®, but the whole idea of it is very wrong; still, any port in a storm.
- Baby food. You heard me right. Full of sugar and super easy to digest (gross).
- Starbursts® with the wrappers still on. When time is of the essence, taking a minute or two to remove those annoying wrappers just might be a minute too long. I know people who pop the whole thing right into their mouths and let their digestive tract sort it out.
- A dusty can of Coke® that’s been sitting open for weeks. Flat and eerily warm.
- Lint-covered gummy bears from the far reaches of your handbag. If you’ve done this before you know the grit and hair that locks itself on there.
- Aunt Jemima maple-flavored syrup. Theoretically this should be tasty, but the cold hard truth is that syrup needs a food underneath it to prevent the dry heaves.
- Green maraschino cherries. Who knows why these things are even made? Any attempting to claim them as a fruit is just ridiculous.
- Mint jelly. Some people have this in the corners of their pantry to put on pork chops and the like. As gross as this is to gulp by the spoonful, I put it down at number 10 because its consistency is not that much different than glucose gels.
Just goes to show, when there’s nothing else available, creativity counts!
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