Diabetes Guide To Eating Healthy
What kinds of food are healthy?
There is no single food that will supply all the nutrients your body needs, so good nutrition means eating a variety of foods. Food can be divided into 4 main groups:
Fruit and Vegetables (orange, apples, bananas, carrots, celery, and spinach)
Dairy Products (whole or skin milk, cream, cheese, and yogurt)
Whole grains, cereals, and bread (wheat, rice, oats, bran, and barley)
Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dried beans, and nuts.
It is very important to eat foods from each source group everyday. In doing so, you can ensure that your body has all the nutrients you needs.
The main nutrients from food sources are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Good nutritious food helps the body to function correctly and make young bodies grow.
Carbohydrates: They help to give you energy. These are found in dried beans, pea, and lentils, whole grain breads, cereals, and crackers; and fruits and vegetables.
Protein: These are required for growth and are a good back-up supply of energy. They are found in lean meats, and low-fat dairy products.
Fiber: They come from plants and most important of all the help to lower blood glucose and blood-fat levels. Fiber healthy food includes bran cereals, cooked beans and peas, whole-grain bread, fruit, and vegetables.
So what foods are consider unhealthy?
Fat is a kind of nutrient too, and some fat are required in an individual’s diet. It is important to remember that fat is not good for anyone and can be very harmful to individuals with diabetes.
Excess fat or cholesterol may increase the chances of an individuals getting heart disease and/or hardening of arteries especially in those people with diabetes. Therefore, it is important to limit the fat in your diet.
Fat are found in many foods such as red meat, dairy products (full cream milk, cream, cheese and ice-cream), egg yolks, butter, salad dressings, vegetables oils, and many high fat desserts. To reduce your intake on fat and cholesterol, it is recommended that:
Many foods such as pickles and bacon contain salt; too much salt may cause and worsen high blood pressure. Salt are hidden in many foods, such s cheeses, salad dressings, and canned soups. So try to reduce your salt intake.
Individuals with diabetes should eat less sugar. Foods like desserts such as frosted cake and pie, sugary breakfast foods, table sugar, honey, and syrup contains high sugar content. Just remember, one 12 ounce can of soft drink has 9 teaspoons of sugar.
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