This week I was asked by a friend what to store if you are storing for a type 2 diabetic. The simple answer is, store what you eat. If you eat canned fruits store those packed in water, check labels on processed foods for added sugar.
There are over 50 terms for sugars on food labels. The list includes anything ending in “ose” (fructose, dextrose, etc.), anything with the word sugar ( beet sugar, castor sugar, etc.), Cane juice crystals, Corn syrup solids, Dextrin, Diastatic malt, Ethyl maltol, Florida crystals, Glucose syrup solids, Maltodextrin, Sucanat, Agave Nectar/Syrup, Barley malt, Buttercream, Evaporated cane juice, Fruit juice, Golden syrup, High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Malt syrup, Rice syrup, Refiner's syrup, Sorghum syrup, and Treacle.
Date syrup is not just sugar — it’s actually a food made from a fruit. Date syrup is low on the glycemic index. Date syrup is packed with nutrients, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. It is the most nutritionally dense sweetener. The potassium in date syrup actually helps your body slowly absorb and regulate sugar in the bloodstream.
Raw honey, especially raw local honey, is much like dates in that it’s a real food. Honey has amino acids, electrolytes and an abundance of antioxidants. It has been used as natural antiseptic, and local honey has the ability to alleviate allergy symptoms. It is relatively low on the glycemic index, making it one of the best sugar substitutes. Replacing sugar with honey may actually lower blood sugar levels and prevent weight gain or aid in weight loss.
Real maple syrup has a low glycemic index score and a low fructose content. It is minimally processed and packed with more minerals and antioxidants than honey, including manganese, riboflavin, zinc and magnesium. It has lower calorie than most sweeteners. Be sure it is labeled 100% maple syrup. It should be used in moderation.
Rich in iron, potassium and calcium, blackstrap molasses is nutritionally superior to many sweeteners. Blackstrap molasses is a good source of iron. About 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses contains 20 percent of the daily requirement for iron.
All these should still be used in moderation but they are the best alternatives to other sweeteners. Also be aware of the dangers of sugar substitutes. They should be used very sparingly. Be sure it is blackstrap.
If you are looking for a sugar alternative that works well in baked good coconut sugar is the best to use.
Week Six: Food
We are back to fruit. This week store 6 cans per family member. If you have an aged parent or a single adult child consider carefully if you should also be storing to provide for them. You may also consider purchasing food storage as a gift for them to have in their own home. If you add just one can or pound of food each week to those you are purchasing by Christmas you will have a balanced supply for a few weeks to gift.
Week Six: Store
Charcoal and Propane
Keeping with the theme of winter power outage preparations, and knowing all we store is valuable year round, this week we stock up on charcoal and/or propane. I have both. I store charcoal to be used for Dutch over and foil dinner meals and propane for our grill and our camp stove. We are fortunate to have a gas range in our home. When the power fails the little
clicker letting us know the range is lighting does not work but the gas works just fine. I never like to rely on just one source of power.
Just because we have never had an outage lasting weeks does not mean I do not believe it could happen. We have a friend who is an executive for a power company. He has told me on a few occasions that taking down the power grid would be very simple and in just a few small steps it could be
down for months. I hope to never see that but I want to be prepared to serve my family warm food just in case. After all, rotating charcoal is so much fun at family reunions creating foil dinners and s’mores.