Diabetics often find that trying to buy online snacks that are good for them is a struggle. There has to be the proper balance of proteins and sugars. Yet, they know that to maintain their sugar levels they must be prepared to snack throughout the day.

Unique Pretzels has created a diabetic friendly version of the ever-popular split-open pretzel. The concept behind the split pretzel is based on a highly guarded family recipe originating in the 1800s. The Unique Pretzel Bakery is located in Reading, PA (the pretzel capital) and six generations of bakers have helped to create this newly designed snack that diabetics can enjoy.

Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells (hollow pockets containing that delightful pretzel crunch without the filling) are the newest addition to the Unique Pretzels’ family. In fact, they are the only pretzels made with 100% whole grain sprouted flour in the industry.

Essential Eating® Sprouted Flour & Foods provides Unique Pretzels with a revolutionary sprouted wheat flour that is organic, USDA certified, Kosher, vegan and diabetic friendly. It is designed to help you add more whole grains into your diet without sacrificing taste and texture.

Diet and Diabetics

Carbohydrates can be particularly dangerous to diabetics because they can rapidly increase blood glucose. However, sugar isn’t the only carbohydrate that diabetics have to monitor. There are other foods that are high in carbs, like pastas, rice and bread that must be considered as well. In order to carefully monitor glucose levels, these foods have to be spaced out throughout the course of the day.

Fats can also cause problems in a diabetics’ diet. Many experience higher cholesterol levels and blood fats. That makes choosing the right kinds of fat essential to healthy living. Saturated fats can increase risks for heart disease and trans-fats might even be worse than the saturated versions.  The American Diabetes Association recommends monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like olive oil.

Healthy Living, Period

The USDA tells us that we all need whole grains in our diets. These grains provide beneficial fiber, vitamins and minerals. Sprouted grains are an even better choice for meeting these whole grain requirements. And, they are useful for everyone, not just those dealing with diabetes.

Sprouted grains are far more readily digestible because the sprouting process turns them into plants instead of starch. This enables the body to metabolize the flour produced from sprouted grain as if it were a vegetable. Pancreatic enzymes are not needed because the body uses vegetable enzymes in the digestive process instead. Due to the sprouting, the starches become simple sugars and the body can use them for energy rather than storing them as fat.

The fiber found in sprouted whole grains is particularly valuable because it can help improve the blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. Additionally, it can decrease the risk of ever developing type 2 diabetes. Unique Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells provide 4 grams of fiber in every serving!

Finally, we all need to watch the amount of fat we consume. Experts recommend that we ingest less than 10% of calories from saturated fat. Unique Pretzels’ Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells contain no saturated fats making them a very healthy alternative to other snack foods.

You can buy these diabetic snacks online or in stores like Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Wegmans and Giant. Get yours today!