Originally Posted by AnniesKitchen
A quote from Forbes is:
"According to a study published online in JAMA today, nearly 50% of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes, a condition where a person already has elevated blood sugar and is at risk to develop diabetes."
That means HALF of your adult customers need sugar-free foods.
Does your restaurant serve sugar-free desserts
I think stating that half of your adult customers need sugar-free foods is stretching it a bit. I am just on the edge of being diabetic and I control through diet and metformin-no insulin shots. I am, in no way, sugar-free. I try to limit my sugar intake but I still splurge on soda and desserts, and even candy. I just watch how much I eat. And I don't really pay attention to sugar in non-dessert dishes.
Now, I understand that I am definitely on the lower spectrum of diabetes and there are those out there way worse off than I am, but most diabetics I know, except for the really bad off ones, just watch how much sugar they eat. They help control their blood sugars through watching how many carbs and how much sugar they consume, but they aren't carb or sugar free. While it might be nice to offer a sugar free dessert or 2, my guess is that most people would steer clear of those options as stating something as "sugar-free" can bring a lot of baggage with it and, to many people, implies that it will taste like crap. Instead, if you feel that you need to offer something a little healthier and a little less sugar laden, then offer up a dessert or 2 comprised of mostly fresh fruit. One place I worked, in summer, did a dessert of grilled stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, apricots, etc.) drizzled with lavender honey and toasted hazelnuts. It was healthy but people didn't love it for that. They loved it because it was a light end to a multi-course dinner and was the perfect ending for dinner in the middle of a hot Southern summer.