The common food myth of diabetics is debunked.
People with diabetes must eat different foods from the rest of the family.
Diabetics can eat the same foods as other families. The current guidelines for diabetes nutrition are very flexible and provide many options for people with diabetes to choose foods that they like or special occasions. Everyone, whether they have diabetes or not, should eat a healthy diet, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein foods and heart-healthy fats. So if you have diabetes, you don’t need to cook with your family alone.
Diabetics should not give in to food cravings.
Almost everyone has food cravings, and diabetics are no exception. It is not uncommon for diabetics to remove all sweets and even cut off food to lose weight. In turn, your body responds to these drastic changes by creating cravings. Nine-tenths of the time, in these situations your food choices tend to be high in fat and/or sugar.
The best way to deal with food cravings is to try to prevent them by following a healthy diet plan that allows you to occasionally put sweets into your diabetic meal plan. If there is a desire, let yourself taste what you want. By doing this, you can enjoy flavor and avoid overeating later.
Starchy foods, such as bread, pasta, rice and grains, provide carbohydrates and human energy sources. Fruit, milk, yogurt and desserts also contain carbohydrates. Everyone needs some carbohydrate, even diabetes, in their diet. When you burn more calories, you gain weight. So if you eat too much food, you end up gaining weight. The key is to know how much food can help keep your blood sugar level within a safe range and maintain a healthy weight. Choose starchy foods with high content of whole grain fiber.
People with diabetes don’t have to worry about eating fat because it doesn’t have much effect on blood sugar.
Fat found in margarine, oil and salad dressings had little immediate effect on blood sugar levels. However, eating a high-fat meal slows digestion and makes your insulin difficult to work, leading to high blood sugar levels within hours of the meal. Some fats raise blood cholesterol and increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. These fats are called saturated fats and trans fats and should be as limited as possible. Sources of saturated fats include butter, shortening, red meat, cheese and whole milk. Trans fats are found in some margarine, snacks and fast food. In addition, fat is very high in calories and should be limited if you want to lose weight. Click here to find healthy options for your favorite foods.