A diabetic diet doesn’t have to be all bland and boring! Instead, a healthy all-rounded diet that is low in refined carbohydrates is probably the best diet for a diabetic patient. Go ahead and indulge (in small quantities, every now and then)! Aim for a healthy weight and make sure you work with your doctor to monitor your condition closely. Read on to clear up some of the myths you may believe about the diabetic diet.
Sweets and Chocolates
It is still possible to enjoy small amounts of sweets, chocolates and even desserts every now and then as a diabetic.
Fruits come with fibre and are loaded with vitamins which are essential for a healthy diet. Just keep the portion to a handful or two servings a day.
Tea and Coffee
Studies have showed that compounds in coffee may aid in the body’s metabolism of sugar to help prevent diabetes. Drinking black, green or oolong tea without milk can significantly improve insulin activity. The effects don’t last so drink a cup every few hours to maintain the benefit. And remember to go light on the sugar!
For diabetics with a good control of their glucose levels, drinking in moderation is fine. That means two drinks for the men and one for the ladies.
Frozen and Canned Food
Fresh produce is not the only food you can take. Frozen and canned food without added sugars and sodium may contain more nutrients than fresh produce that may have travelled further and longer to reach you. Don’t rule them out.
Rice, Bread and Pasta
Go ahead and dig in! However, control your portion size and choose healthier alternatives such as wholemeal and wholegrain options as they come with fibre. Other than having a lower effect on your blood sugar levels, whole grains move slower through your digestive tract, allowing you to feel fuller longer.
We all need a small amount of fat in our diet. Fat can delay stomach emptying and slow the increase of blood glucose. That said, limit your intake of saturated and trans fats to lower your cardiovascular health risks.
Don’t avoid 100 percent fruit juice but you do need to make sure you limit to 120ml! It’s easy to down too much juice. Juices are high in calories and carbohydrates and it may cause your blood sugar levels to spike as it’s more easily digested.
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