Friday, 19 December 2014

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Introduction

Proper nutrition is essential to effectively manage diabetes. Keeping blood glucose level as close to normal (non-diabetes level) as possible is the only goal of a healthy eating plan for people with diabetes. This can be easily achieved by eating well-balanced meals and healthy food in the right amounts.

Diabetes Diet to Manage Diabetes

A diabetes diet can help to manage diabetes and insulin levels. Diabetes diet must be balanced with the intake of insulin, oral diabetes medications and daily activities. Find tips on making healthful food choices for those having diabetes.

- Eat lots of vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals.

- Eat lots of citrus fruit such as oranges, sweet lime, grapefruit, or olives.

-  Eat fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times a week such as Tuna and Salmon.

- Include dried beans (like kidney or pinto beans) and lentils into your meals.

- Switch to low-fat or fat-free dairy products.

- Choose water and calorie-free “diet” drinks instead of regular soda, fruit punch, sweet tea and other sugar-sweetened drinks.

- Cut back on high calorie snack foods and desserts like chips, cookies, cakes, and full-fat ice cream.

Diabetes Sweeteners & Dessert

Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t eat sweets and desserts. New artificial sweeteners can give you sweetness that tastes as good as sugar, without sugar’s effect on your weight. People with diabetes can eat desserts, use sweeteners, and still keep their blood glucose (sugar) levels in their target range. Low calorie sweeteners are safe for everyone except people with phenylketonuria, who should not use aspartame. Calorie-free sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, sucralose and acesulfame-K don’t increase your blood glucose level. The sugar alcohols – xylitol, mannitol, and sorbitol – have some calories and do slightly increase your blood glucose level. Eating too much of any of these can cause gas and diarrhea. by Andy John

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