Yes, Corazonas Oatmeal Squares are safe to eat in moderation if you have diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetics can enjoy small amounts of carbohydrates without affecting blood glucose levels. For most people, 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates at meals is a healthy and safe amount, making the Oatmeal Squares a great option for a snack or breakfast.
Our Oatmeal Squares are made with natural sweeteners, including brown rice syrup, cane syrup, and date puree. Below is the amount of sugar found in each Oatmeal Squares flavor (one Square equals one serving):
- Banana Walnut: 13 grams
- Chocolate Brownie & Almonds: 11 grams
- Chocolate Chip: 13 grams
- Cranberry Flax: 14 grams
- Peanut Butter: 11 grams
- White Chocolate Macadamia Nut: 9 grams
- Blueberry: 13 grams
The number of carbohydrates in our snacks range from 17-29 grams depending on the snack. Our Oatmeal Squares provide 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, with the exception of the Blueberry Oatmeal Squares, which contain 6 grams of fiber. As with all other foods, it’s important to know the serving size and stay close to this amount for the most accurate measurement. The serving size for our Oatmeal Squares is one Square.
For more information on low glycemic foods, please visit the Glycemic Index Foundation at the University of Sydney by clicking here. For quick reference, below is a list of all of the values for each flavor:
Original Oatmeal Squares (50g)
- Banana Walnut: 27g carb./6g protein/5g fiber
- Chocolate Brownie & Almonds: 27g carb./6g protein/5g fiber
- Chocolate Chip: 28g carb./6g protein/5g fiber
- Cranberry Flax: 28carb./6g protein/5g fiber
- Peanut Butter: 27g carb./6g protein/5g fiber
- White Chocolate Macadamia Nut: 25g carb./6g protein/5g fiber
- Blueberry: 29g carb./6g protein/6g fiber
By following the diabetes exchange system in a program that you and your registered dietitian or health professional decide on together, you can help keep your blood sugar level within your target range. One exchange is approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates a serving. Based on this measurement, Corazonas Oatmeal Squares (50g squares) contain almost two exchanges.
Corazonas Oatmeal Squares are made with whole rolled oats, which provide 15-16 grams of whole grains per serving.
We always recommend consulting your physician or nutrition professional before altering or adding anything new to your routine diet. However, depending on your meal plan, medication and activity level, experts typically recommend diabetics eat snacks that are between 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrates with 100 to 200 calories. All of our snacks fit under this recommendation, and can be enjoyed alone as a mid-afternoon snack or paired with a meal. Our Oatmeal Squares would be ideal crumbled into plain Greek yogurt or as a heart-healthy after dinner dessert.
American Diabetes Association - http://www.diabetes.org/
WebMD Diabetes Health Center - http://diabetes.webmd.com/
Mayo Clinic Diabetes - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/DS01121/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes Public Health Resource - http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/
About.com Type 2 Diabetes - http://diabetes.about.com/
Corazonas is a food product and not intended to be a treatment or cure for any medical condition. If you have any concerns about diabetes, cholesterol levels, or heart and overall health, please consult your healthcare provider.