Can Diabetics Eat Bananas?
When a person has diabetes, they need to carefully consider the contents of each meal. This can be especially true for carbohydrate-containing food, which not only includes desserts and other sweet treats, but bread, pasta, and fresh fruits. One fruit that traditionally has been on the "avoid" list for those with diabetes is bananas. However, for the most part, bananas eaten in moderation can be safely enjoyed when a person has diabetes. Bananas grow on banana plants that can have anywhere from 50 to 150 bananas in each bunch of fruit. The individual bananas are sold in varying sizes, from small to extra-large, the size-grading being determined by their length. Nutritional breakdown Overall, bananas are low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. They also have a good mix of nutrients, including vitamin B6, potassium, and manganese. However, some doctors and dietitians may give bananas greater nutritional scrutiny when considering them for people with diabetes, because bananas are high in sugar relative to their calories. One medium banana has an estimated glycemic load of 11, according to Harvard Health Publishing on glycemic loads. Glycemic load is a measure of a food's impact on blood sugar. A glycemic load of fewer than 10 is considered low, while one above 20 is high. Can you eat bananas if you have diabetes? Examples of lower-sugar fruit options include apples, grapes, and pears. Fruits with higher sugar levels include papayas and pineapples. However, those with diabetes do not have to eliminate bananas from their diet, or any other fruit for that matter. Their other nutritional values in terms of vitamins and minerals can make them a healthy option for those with diabetes when consumed in moderation. The American Diabetes Association recommend incorporating fr Continue reading >>
Can I Eat Potato Chips If I Have Type 1?
Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community Is it a risk if I eat potatoe chips? (pringles) Its been a long time and I don't take insulin injections because the doctor told me its best for me to be on diet Strange question as Type 1's have to take insulin as their pancreas is shot. If you are not taking insulin, it is very unlikely that you are a type 1 diabetic. Is it a risk if I eat potatoe chips? (pringles) Its been a long time and I don't take insulin injections because the doctor told me its best for me to be on diet Hello and welcome. How long have you been diagnosed and are you definitely type 1 ? Could you also tell us little more regarding your diabetes. As that would be a great help in answering questions. All the best RRB I agree with the others. If you don't need insulin then you may be a Late onset T1 (LADA) which is progressing very slowly or actually a T2. Did the GP do blood tests for T1? You can always eat most things whether you are T1 or T2 BUT only if your blood sugar stays within range e.g. 8.5 mmol or less 2 hyours after a meal. When on insulin you can increase it for carby foods but weight gain can result. Hello and welcome. How long have you been diagnosed and are you definitely type 1 ? Could you also tell us little more regarding your diabetes. As that would be a great help in answering questions. All the best RRB and I have had the symptoms for a year and sometimes my blood sugar rises to 12 but I have recently kept a fixed diet and its been going good recently. my blood sugar stays between 5 - 9 and some doctors said If it stays like this there is a chance of me not taking Insulin for atleast 4 years... I am not sure yet so this years I will go to Switzerland I just Continue reading >>
10 Dangerous Foods For Diabetes
Tagged with: dangerous diabetes food Approximately 20 million people have diabetes and over 40 million are on the way of getting type 2 diabetes (pre-diabetes). Type 2 diabetes is the most common form and is diagnosed during adulthood; while type 1 is diagnosed in early childhood. People with diabetes have high blood sugar. It is because their pancreas does not make or not enough insulin; and the muscle, fat, and liver cells does respond to insulin properly. Diet is a key component in helping to manage diabetes. Since the goal is to maintain a good blood sugar level, it is important not to consume too many foods that are high in sugar. If you have type 2 diabetes, stay away from foods that can spike your blood sugar levels or increase your risk of diabetes complications. Below are 10 foods that people with diabetes should stay away from: Candy – high-sugar foods like candy, cookies, syrup, and soda lack nutritional value, but these low-quality carbohydrates also cause a dramatic spike in blood sugar levels and can contribute to weight gain, both of which can worsen diabetes complications. Fruit Juice – whole fruits are a healthy, fiber-rich carbohydrate option for diabetics, but not fruit juice. Even 100 percent fruit juices — are chock full of fruit sugar, and therefore cause a sharp spike in blood sugar. Raisins – or other dried fruits may be a better option than snacking on cookies, but it’ll still spike your blood sugar. Why? During the dehydration process, fruits’ natural sugars become very concentrated, causing an unhealthy elevation in blood sugar when they are rapidly absorbed by the body. Pancakes and Syrup – most pancakes are jumbo-sized and made with junky white flour (similar to white bread). Butter is loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat, Continue reading >>
Sun Chips - New Flavor
I just bought a bag at SuperWalmart. Cinnamon Sun Chips. 15 chips has net carb of 16 and calories 130. I always push the edge-I dipped one in Cool Whip--divine. So now I plan to experiment with cream cheese, splenda, and one of the Torani sugarfree syrups to make a dip-15 chips alone to snack on was just right, but i bet with a cream cheese dip you would actually eat less chips before satisfied. Ingredient list: Whole corn, sunflower oil, whole wheat, rice flour, whole oat flour, sugar, cinnamon, fructose, dextrose, salt, buttermilk solids, natural flavor, SUCRALOSE, and citric acid. The sucralose was a surprise since I didnt see the splenda emblem on the package. They have been out for a bit, they are yummy they taste kind of like cinnamon twists from taco bell just lighter, they are awesome I just saw a new new flavor called Honey graham at my job, I meant to grab it but I hadn't......... But cinnamon is my favorite, and when I want to be bad I eat sweet and salty carmel bugels......oh yummy the saturated fat is a big high so that bag is a once a month treat, split up into three days..... Everyone disagrees on what total carbs during 1 meal or in 1 day should be. Diabetic snacks in theory are twice a day and not in the same sitting. :-) The only other chip I eat is Tostitos "MultiGrain" tortilla chips. 8 chips is 16 net carbs. They are more "filling" at 8 chips than 15 of the Cinnamon Sun Chips. I eat the Tostitos with T.Marzetti Bacon-Tomato Veggie Dip (2T=2carbs.) Continue reading >>
Nearly Half Of American Adults Are Pre-diabetic Or Diabetic
These foods supply important nutrients that are often low in diabetics and pre-diabetics, and linked to conditions like stroke, heart disease, hypertension, gastrointestinal ailments and obesity About half of all American adults are either pre-diabetic or diabetic. Even one-third of normal-weight adults may also be pre-diabetic without knowing it Diabetes is rooted in insulin resistance and malfunctioning leptin signaling, caused by chronically elevated insulin and leptin levels. This is why treating type 2 diabetes with insulin does not resolve the problem Dietary recommendations for diabetics include a diet high in healthy fats, moderate protein and low in net carbs. Nine specific superfoods for diabetics are also reviewed By Dr. Mercola As of 2012, up to 14 percent of the American population had type 2 diabetes, and as much as 38 percent were pre-diabetic. This suggests about HALF of all American adults are either pre-diabetic or diabetic.1,2 At least 20 percent of the population in every U.S. state is also obese3 — a condition that severely predisposes you to diabetes. That said, being skinny is not a blanket assurance of health. Recent research suggests one-third of normal-weight adults may also be pre-diabetic without knowing it.4 Children are also getting fatter and unhealthier. According to recent research, 7 million children in the U.S. have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and close to one-third of these kids also have either pre-diabetes or diabetes.5 Great Britain has also seen a rapid rise in these conditions. In 2003, 11.6 percent of people in Great Britain were diagnosed with pre-diabetes. That number had tripled by 2011, reaching over 35 percent. As noted by BBC News,6 "The world is facing an 'unrelenting march' of diabetes that now affects ne Continue reading >>
Sun Chips Nutrition Facts: Is This Really Your Best Healthy Snack Choice?
written by: Dr. Kristie Leong edited by: Donna Cosmato updated: 3/16/2011 If you have a craving for something crunchy, are Sun Chips a healthy choice? Find out more about Sun Chips nutrition facts and whether they're healthier than potato chips. Who doesnt enjoy a salty, crunchy snack on occasion? Unfortunately, conventional potato chips are high in carbs and calories without the benefits of heart-healthy fiber. To address the growing market for a healthier chip, Frito-Lay introduced a line of crunchy snacks called Sun Chips in 1991. Their claim to fame? Sun Chips contain 18 grams of whole grain per serving, an amount similar to eating a slice of wheat bread. However, are they really healthy? Find out more about Sun Chips nutrition facts. Sun Chips Nutrition Facts: A Healthier Snack? Sun Chips have around 30 percent less fat than the average potato chip, a fact Frito-Lay emphasizes in their advertising. A single one-ounce serving of Sun Chips has 6 grams of total fat and 1 gram of saturated fat, an improvement over conventional potato chips, which have 30 percent more total fat and twice as much unhealthy saturated fat. This is good news for cholesterol watchers. Another area of concern when it comes to heart disease and high blood pressure is dietary sodium. Sun Chips have 115 milligrams of sodium per serving, while the average potato chip has 150 milligrams. Sun Chips are still not low-sodium, but they're an improvement over the standard chip. How about some other Sun Chips nutrition facts? Sun Chips beat out the potato chip when it comes to heart-healthy fiber. The average potato chip has a rather paltry gram or so of fiber, but Sun Chips doubles that amount. Most Americans dont get enough fiber in their diet, which is necessary for heart health and for a healthy di Continue reading >>
15 Best Snack Foods For Diabetics
Figuring out the right snack foods in between meals is hard enough for most people, but what if you're one of the 18.8 million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with diabetes? The options may seem even more limited. That's why we've put together a list of 15 diabetic-friendly snacking options based on advice from a few experts. Click here to see the 15 Best Snack Foods for Diabetics Slideshow Lori Kenyon is a certified nutritional consultant, personal trainer, and co-founder of Ritual Cleanse. She was diagnosed early on in her life with a disorder that prevented her from consuming animal protein and has since had to adapt her diet to compensate. Kenyon advises clients to consume snacks which contain no more than 20 grams of carbohydrates and 140 milligrams of sodium per serving, in accordance with American Diabetes Association guidelines. Stella Metsovas is a certified clinical nutritionist who specializes in food science and human nutrition, with more than 23 years of experience in the field. She is a strong believer in the Paleo-Mediterranean diet and runs a private practice in Los Angeles. Angela Shelf Medearis is the author of The Kitchen Diva's Diabetic Cookbook and has been featured frequently on The Dr. Oz Show as a guest chef, where she is known simply as The Kitchen Diva. She offers some great general snacking advice from her cookbook: Portion sizes are key. Keeping the glycemic load down (a measurement of how much food spikes blood glucose levels) means cutting down on portion sizes, since the measurement accounts for the number of grams of carbohydrates per serving of a food item, which of course will increase with portion sizes. Eating huge portions of even healthy snacks can quickly turn them unhealthy. Snacks between meals can help you re Continue reading >>
10 Savvy Snacks For The Gestational Diabetes Diet
If you’ve got gestational diabetes, you can still get the nutrients you and Baby need and keep your blood glucose levels under control. Enjoy these 10 healthy, diabetic-friendly snacks during pregnancy. 1. Nachos Who says diabetic snacks mean zero taste? These zesty nachos are tantalizing to the taste buds, provide approximately 29 grams of carbohydrates, and are a good way to work in a little calcium and a serving of vegetables into your prenatal diet. Here’s how to make them: Layer 10 corn tortilla chips—just over 1 ounce in weight—on a baking sheet and top with 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of chopped green pepper (or use hot peppers, if preferred). Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and transfer to plate. Top with 1/4 cup of tomato salsa and a tablespoon dollop of low-fat Greek-style yogurt. Health Tip: Because flavored tortilla chips tend to contain lots of sodium and, even worse for moms with gestational diabetes, added sugar, stick to plain corn tortilla chips. 2. Cheese and Crackers Perfect for a healthy, carb-controlled snack break at home or work—and easy enough to pack up for eating on the go—change up your choice of fruit and cheese to keep this snack classic fresh and exciting. These options are paired with a cup of low-fat milk for added calcium and just enough carbohydrates to reach 30 grams: 10 whole grain baked “thin snack crackers” (approx. 8 g of carbs); 1 ounce of cheddar cheese, sliced; 1/2 medium apple, sliced (10 g) and 1 cup of low-fat milk (12 g) 4 pieces of whole grain melba toast (15 g of carbs); 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese (1 g); 1/4 cup sliced strawberries (3 g) and 1 cup of low-fat milk (12 g) 5 round whole grain crackers (10 g of car Continue reading >>
Top 10 Worst Foods For Diabetes
These foods can can cause blood sugar spikes or increase your risk of diabetes complications. Pretzels Pretzels have a healthy image, but a glance at the ingredients list reveals that their wholesome reputation is grossly undeserved. Nearly every brand is made from the same basic ingredients: white flour (wheat flour that’s been stripped of its nutrients and fiber), yeast, salt, and maybe some vegetable oil or corn syrup. It’s obvious from its subpar ingredient list that this popular snack is pretty much devoid of nutrition. Pretzels are baked, not fried like potato chips, which saves you a few calories, but the white, refined carbs do a number on your blood sugar and do little to satisfy your appetite. Skip the carb-fest and opt for a more balanced and filling snack that includes some protein to help steady your sugars. Great choices include a rice cake with reduced-fat cheese, a handful of pistachio nuts in the shell, or a nonfat Greek yogurt. Looking for tips on how to manage diabetes? Give these lifestyle changes a shot. Continue reading >>
Top 30 So-called Healthy Foods To Avoid!
AuthorSidebar:Many of our clients tell us that they are eating "healthy", but they are shocked to discover that many of the foods that they're eating are actually not healthy foods at all! Excluding genetic-related diseases, the majority of health-related issues are associated with nutritional deficiencies due to eating so-called "healthy" foods, such as cereal, milk, wheat bread, fruit juice, granola bars, diet foods, salmon, canola oil, 7-grain bread, multi-grain bread, yogurt, etc. [Ref: Chapters 3, 5-7 of the Death to Diabetes book ] Consequently, the primary reason why people suffer unnecessarily with disease in this country (as well as in other countries) is due to the lack of knowledge about proper nutrition and disease, and our misunderstanding of prescription medications. [Ref: Chapter 7] There are quite a few health-related scams that have convinced us that many of these so-called healthy foods will help to either improve our health or prevent us from developing a disease such as diabetes. Unfortunately, many of these foods have been marketed to us and our children as healthy foods for years! -- thanks to television, the newspapers, health magazines, radio, and other media. However,many of these foods may cause weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, autoimmune diseases, bloating, chronic fatigue, candida, depression,diabetes, headaches, indigestion, insomnia, leaky gut, skin rashes, thyroid issues, and many other health problems! In addition, so-called experts such as doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, diabetes educators, and other healthcare professionals promote many of these foods as healthy. Why? Because that's were they were told! But it turns out that many of these foods are actually "dead" foods that fuel diseases such as Type Continue reading >>
Kale Chips: A Smart Snack Choice For Diabetics
Section / Eating Well / Kale Chips: a Smart Snack Choice for Diabetics Kale Chips: a Smart Snack Choice for Diabetics According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.9% of Americans (thats 11.8 million seniors) ages 65 and older are diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes.If youre one of them, you know the importance of eating healthful snacks. Regular, healthy snacks keep glucose levels in check, and they also keep you energized throughout the day. What are the best snacks to choose? Go for options that offer a balance of healthful fiber, carbohydrates and protein. Keep portions in check by using measuring cups and food scales to make sure weight and carb counts are accurate. Here are 10 of our favorite snack options to help maintain a low-glycemic diet: Kale chips are packed with fiber, vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids that aid in controlling blood sugar levels and are low in calories and carbohydrates. Theyre also easy to make at home.Mix four cups kale (wash, dry and tear into small pieces) with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 250F for 20 minutes. For some, however, too much kale can be harmful. Lorie Eber, certified nutritionist and frequent contributor to Lifetime Daily wrote about the downsides of kale for older adults, especially those with gastrointestinal problems or individuals who take blood thinner medication. 2. Homemade Popcorn Get Your Dietary Fiber Homemade popcorn is great for its fiber content and trace amounts of vitamin B. Spice it up with ingredients such as chili powder, garlic powder and paprika.Try an Indian spiced version with turmeric, curry powder and salt, or add ground cinnamon to your fresh popcorn for a hint of sweetness. Spices such as cinnamon have antioxidants that can p Continue reading >>
Diabetic Snacks: What To Eat And What To Skip
"Don't eat between meals." That's one piece of advice diabetics might want to take with a grain of salt. If you go more than four or five hours between meals, a mid-afternoon snack might be just what the doctor ordered to help you keep your blood sugar steady. Snacking is also important if you're taking medication that could cause a blood-sugar low between meals. Discuss with your doctor or a registered dietitian what snacking approach is right for you. Keep your snacks to 150 calories or less The danger of snacks is that they can become more like extra meals if you go overboard. First, make sure you're truly hungry—and not just bored or stressed or craving chocolate—before reaching for a snack. Then limit yourself to 150 calories per snack. (Cutting calories is easier than you think.) This will help keep your snacking "honest." After all, it's hard to find a candy bar with only 150 calories. And if you're hankering for a candy bar, but a healthier snack doesn't appeal, you're probably not truly hungry. Beware of low-fat snacks Studies show that people tend to eat about 28 percent more of a snack when it's low-fat because they think they're saving on calories. But low-fat snacks, such as cookies, only have about 11 percent fewer calories than their full-fat counterparts. Stick to the same amount you'd eat if you thought the snack was full-fat. Need more snack ideas? Check out these delicious snacks for adults. Check the ingredients Avoid heavily processed crackers and chips. If the list of ingredients is long and has big words with lots of syllables, put it back on the shelf. Stay away from these worst eating habits for diabetics. Watch those carbs Carbohydrates are major culprits when it comes to raising blood sugar (though there are some good carbs for diabetes). Continue reading >>
6 Worst Diabetes Snacks You Should Cut From Your Diet
1 / 7 What Not to Eat if You Have Type 2 Diabetes No one likes to be told no — especially if you have diabetes and are already struggling to meet the day-to-day dietary demands of the disease, which most people would admit is no easy task. Often, a diagnosis of prediabetes or full-blown type 2 diabetes means you have to give up or limit many of the foods you once loved, like white potatoes and red meat, and many others for which you may not yet have developed a taste, such as leafy greens and seafood. But making healthy choices when you have diabetes is one of your best bets for maintaining or achieving proper blood sugar control and helping to prevent certain diabetes complications, such as nerve damage, vision problems, heart disease, and stroke, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Adequate sleep and regular exercise should be part of that effort, but so should smart snacking. After all, a good diabetes snack can help you keep your blood sugar on an even keel, provide energy throughout a busy day, help improve your workout, and prevent you from overeating at mealtime. But when you choose which snacks to reach for when hunger strikes, are some options better than others? Unsurprisingly, yes, and when snacking, you should continue to count your carbohydrate intake, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) advises. According to an article published in February 2014 in the Journal of Education and Health Promotion, making sure your overall diabetes diet is rich in fruit, veggies (especially the nonstarchy kinds), lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grains can help you stay on track. And while most dietitians agree with the phrase “everything in moderation” when it comes to best managing your blood sugar, it’s actually true that when you have dia Continue reading >>
Prevent Hypoglycemia Without Drugs Diabetic Snacks
The main problem diabetics face during the lifestyle modification needed in order to manage their disease, is their diet. They dont only have to reduce their body weight or at least keep it stable, but they also have to eat regularly in order to avoid hypoglycemia which is one of the side effects of the insulin treatment. Hypoglycemia is a sign of bad management of diabetes and may occur during night, it may also occur because of high insulin dosage, illness, meal omission, unusual physical exercise etc. , so healthy snacks for diabetics are a necessity. Because of the great number of diabetics there is plenty of products promoted as snacks for diabetics: Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar 100 Calorie Mini Bites, Honey Maid Cinnamon Roll Thin Crisps , [easyazon_link identifier=B00O9UY904 locale=US popups=n]Orville Redenbachers SmartPop[/easyazon_link], Disney Garden Carrots For Your Lunchbox with Ranch Dip , [easyazon_link identifier=B00FRFRP8S locale=US popups=n]Triscuit Thin Crisps[/easyazon_link], Quattro Formaggio, [easyazon_link identifier=B00J88UQOA locale=US popups=n]Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars[/easyazon_link]ect. The main question is : Are all of these products , healthy snacks for diabetics? Advertisements and food companies claim that they have the ideal snacks for diabetics, but this is not the truth. Although some of the promoted snacks for diabetics are good choices , there is a number of factors to consider. For example, surely a cereal bar is far healthier choice than a piece of chocolate, but healthy is not just a matter of calories. A diabetic should have in mind the calories consumption, but also should consider the quality of calories. Many diabetic snacks have cereals as a source of fibers needed in a diabetic diet, but on the other side one of their Continue reading >>
Diabetes Grocery List Foods
As you well know, when living with diabetes there is great deal of things you must learn and come to know. You have to know when eat, when to exercise, when to check your blood sugar it can be exhausting! How do you make a diabetic grocery list? Managing diabetes is hard enough, but worry about what you eat for every meal is a challenge in that of itself. To make your life just a little simpler, here are a few tips to creating the perfect diabetic grocery list, so that you can make better food choice, and more importantly, you can be the healthiest version of you. The ultimate key to managing diabetes is cutting out or controlling your portions of carbohydrate packed food. Carbohydrates are complex sugars that sneak their way into our diets. They are also notorious for helping pack on those pounds. With you diabetic grocery list, it is also important to stick with lean meats like lean ground beef, chicken or pork kebabs, beef steaks, Tilapia, Catfish, Crab meat, and even salmon. These foods are high in protein, so they will take longer for your body to digest. This will help keep you feeling full longer. Another thing to keep in mind is that beverages, condiments, and sauces may contain large portions of sugars. Keeping this in mind will help eliminate extra sugars in you r diabetic diet. Wine sauces typically tend to be lower in sugars than regular tomato sauces. Tabasco sauce, yellow mustard, wishbone salad spritzers, and balsamic vinegars are all acceptable options for extra flavors. You may also opt for low fat ranch, olive oil vinaigrette, or yogurt dressings. There are even low fat and sugar free options for peanut butter and jelly. Smuckers offers a variety of flavors with no added sugars or preservatives. Most all fruits and low starch vegetables are acceptable Continue reading >>