Diabetic Food – What to Take and What to Avoid?
Executive Summary about Diabetic Food by Nick Mutt
Diabetes is a common disease that has to be managed carefully otherwise may results in serious complications. With proper meal plan, you can take care of your health and make yourself healthy and fit.
The major concern in controlling diabetes is to see that the sugar level does not cross the recommended level. This means you need to avoid certain types of food and take regularly those foods which are good for controlling diabetes.
In short, processed foods and junk foods must be totally given up. Avoid sweets, glucose, fruit sugar, cakes, ice cream, chocolates, soft drinks, cream and fried foods. White sugar and white flour also cause further damage to the health of diabetes patients. Diabetes patients are recommended to take green tea, parsley tea and blueberry leaf. Replace white sugar with palm sugar, dates and honey. Fats like olive oil and peanut oil are good in diabetes. Eat raw vegetables in large quantity. Cooked food raises the level of blood sugar fast. Some fruits are also valuable in controlling sugar level. Take grapes, Indian blackberry, fig, kiwi fruits and citrus fruits and pomegranate juice. As for vegetables, onion, garlic, radish, cucumber, carrot, tomato, cabbage and cucumber are excellent in the treatment of diabetes. Moong sprouted and unripe banana cooked, are also recommended.
Some herbs and vegetables are specifically prescribed for diabetes, like bitter melon juice.
The Diabetic Food Pyramid
Executive Summary about Diabetic Food by Arturo
There is a Food Pyramid that was created especially for diabetics who need help managing their eating plans in order to keep their blood glucose levels low. There are six different groups on the diabetic food pyramid, which each vary considerably in size. The largest group on the diabetic food pyramid is the grains, starchy vegetables and beans group, and is located on the very bottom of the pyramid. The smallest group is the fats, alcohol and sweets group, and is located at the top of the pyramid. The larger, lower groups require more servings per day, and the smaller, higher groups require significantly less.
In order to follow the minimum amount of servings for every group in the diabetic food pyramid, you would be eating approximately 1600 calories per day. At the upper end of the food pyramids caloric range, expect to eat around 2800 calories. The diabetic food pyramid is different from the Food Guide Pyramid put out by the USDA in that it groups foods based on the levels of carbohydrates and proteins, rather than by food classification.