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Maggie Jover: Learn to cook for those with diabetes

For people with diabetes, maintaining healthy blood glucose levels is a matter of life and death. One way for people to better control their glucose levels is to eat healthful meals and snacks at regular times each day.

To help local residents learn how to plan and prepare meals that can be enjoyed by people with and without diabetes, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is planning a four-part series of cooking classes called Cooking Well With Diabetes. The classes will be held at Denton County Extension Office beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5, and continuing Nov. 12, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3. Classes will be in Room 507 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Joseph A. Carroll Building, 401 W. Hickory St. The cost for the lesson series will be $15 per person.

The series will include cooking demonstrations as well as discussions of ways to manage blood glucose through the preparation of healthy foods. For instance, recent research has shown that people with diabetes can enjoy a wide range of foods — including sugars — in moderation.

The classes will include demonstrations of diabetic-friendly holiday recipes that will allow diabetics to enjoy the holidays and keep their blood glucose at healthy levels. In addition to cooking demonstrations showing healthy “desserts,” there will be cooking demonstrations on bread and pastas, vegetables and meats.

So, if you are a diabetic, have persons with diabetes in your household, or just want to learn new techniques to cook healthy, Cooking Well With Diabetes will provide demonstrations, recipes and information on reading labels and modifying recipes to manage blood glucose levels.

To register or to find out more information, call the Denton County Extension Office at 940-349-2882.

MAGGIE JOVER is the family and consumer sciences county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2882.