Anyone counting carbohydrates should be prepared to work with large numbers when it comes to most
baked goods. Since these foods are mainly made using flour, it follows that they generally have high
carbohydrate values. To make matters worse, the carbs in baked goods tend to be rapidly digested by
our system. Therefore, you can pretty much count on a spike in blood sugar after eating most baked
products. This is not good for diabetics seeking to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, nor is it advisable
for low carb dieters who need to avoid the release of excess insulin.
Does this mean that baked goods are off limits to dieters and diabetics? If you feel like you absolutely
must have a sweet baked good from time to time, try angel food cake, which has fewer carbs relative to
other kinds of cake. On the other hand, bagels should be avoided most of the time, since they pair a high
carb count with a high glycemic index. The rush from a bagel will hit hard and fast.
Trying to live without baked goods is a difficult proposition because so many baked items are deliciously
tempting. As with most foods, the first line of defense is portion size. If you must eat baked goods, eat
small portions in moderation. By controlling the amount you eat, you can reduce your carbohydrate
intake while still getting a sweet bite on occasion.
Another alternative is to reinvent your favorite baked goods in low carb versions. You can often locate
an entire section of low carb offerings at your grocer. You should be able to find low carb muffin mixes
and cake mixes. You can also opt for sugar substitutes instead of sugar. However, make sure you are
getting products that are meant for baking. Using plain artificial sweetener in a baked recipe will not end
Many have found that coconut flour can be substituted for wheat or other grains in baked goods. Made
from ground coconut meat, this alternative flour is rich in fiber, high in protein, yet low in digestible
carbs. From the perspective of a low carb dieter or controlled diabetic, that makes this a perfect solution
for continuing to enjoy baked goods without facing high sugar penalty.