You don’t have to sacrifice your favourite foods just because you have diabetes. Lets talk about Diabetes Diet Myths and Facts.
Diabetes Diet Myth: You can never have carbs
Fact: Along with serving size, the type of carbs is the key. Whole-grain carbs are safe as compared to starchy carbs as they are high in fibre and are digested slowly, keeping your blood sugar levels from spiking.
Diabetes Diet Myth: High protein diets are the way to go
Fact: Studies show that eating too much protein, especially animal protein, may actually cause insulin resistance. The key is o eat a balanced diet that incorporates carbohydrates, fats, and protein in healthy quantities.
Diabetes Diet Myth: Avoid sugar at all times
Fact: You don’t have to cut sugar out completely, just have it in limited amounts. Have your desserts, but make sure you keep a watch on the quantity.
Diabetes Diet Myth: You need to only eat special meals
Fact: Whether you have diabetes or not, healthy eating will be the same. Don’t waste effort on creating elaborate special meals.
Try to include more of the following into your eating routines:
- Fish, organic chicken, turkey
- Premium protein such as eggs, low-fat dairy, beans, unsweetened yoghurt
- Whole grain cereals and bread
- Fresh fruits and vegetables – the more colourful, the better!
- Healthy fats such as nuts, flaxseed, olive oil, fish oils, and avocado
And try to limit the following if you are diabetic:
Avoid Deep fried foods
- Sugary, greasy snacks such as baked goods, sweets, and chips.
- White bread, refined pasta or rice
- Low-fat products replace fat with added sugar. E.g fat-free yoghurt
- Processed or red meat