Question: What does a diabetic do when the glucose tabs and candy are gone?
Answer: Anything he has to.
It doesn’t have to be Halloween to know it’s a scary situation to be caught without sugar when sugar levels dip. I polled a bunch of my Type 1 friends 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 too eat beets again;
- Dry Jell-O powder. In my head I picture this mix tasting like a Pixie 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 gummi-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!