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Can Diabetics Eat Coconut Chutney

Interest About Indian Diabetics

Interest About Indian Diabetics

D.D. Family T2 since May 2007, started Byetta Jan 2008 You can come visit me and dance. It rains here a lot! Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. D.D. Family T2 since May 2007 - Metformin Hi Dkc I love Indian food especially the spicy dishes! Pathia and jalfrazi seem to do little to my bg, and I also eat a tandoori mixed grill. Post you recipies please... the more the better! Banned My mother is a Diabetic since 10 yrs South Indian food is very spicy- even so for north Indians; its basically rice based, with Sambar ( sort of soup made of red gram ) , lots of coconut chutney also goes with almost all south Indian dishes- This is what I can say from my perception of South Indian dishes. Rice - specially the way its used in Idly is very well processed- must be with high Glycemic index Vada and Dosas contain Urad daal ( black gram) with high carb & protein content, Coconut is high in saturated fats. on the whole does not seem to be a good idea for a diabetic Continue reading >>

Coconut Meat & Diabetes Nutrition

Coconut Meat & Diabetes Nutrition

For thousands of years, coconut has been part of the daily diet of many Pacific islanders, and various coconut-based products are now available in the U.S. to provide your diet with a delicious exotic touch. If you have diabetes, carbohydrates are the most important nutritional factor to control it. Counting your carbs at each meal is the best way to keep your blood sugar levels in check. However, most diabetes exchange lists do not include coconut meat and other related products and it can be difficult to know how coconut can fit in your diabetes diet. Video of the Day Fresh Coconut Meat A piece of fresh coconut meat of about 2 by 2 inches and about 1/2 inch thick contains 159 calories, 6.9 g of carbohydrates and 4 g of dietary fiber. When tracking your carb intake with diabetes, you can subtract the dietary fiber from the total carbohydrates to determine the available carb content, also called net carb, of a food. In this case, a small piece of fresh coconut meat would contain 2.9 g of available carbs. If you eat two to three pieces that size, double or triple the amount of carbs. Use available carbs when tracking your carb intake, as they give a more accurate picture of how your food choices will influence your blood sugar levels after your meal. Dessicated Coconut Unsweetened dessicated coconut meat contains 187 calories, 6.7 g of carbohydrates and 4.6 g of fiber per ounce, which is the equivalent of 2.1 g of available carbohydrates. The same serving of sweetened dessicated coconut meat provides 129 calories, 14.7 g of carbohydrates and 2.8 g of fiber, or approximately 11.9 g of available carbohydrates. Stick with unsweetened coconut products to keep your carb intake within your recommended target and avoid making your blood sugar levels rise above the desirable ran Continue reading >>

Can Diabetics Eat Dosa?

Can Diabetics Eat Dosa?

Dosa is a famous south Indian breakfast! Which is now eaten all over India. As Dosa is rich in carbohydrates Every Diabetic has this Question " Can diabetics eat Dosa" Of course you can but you may have to limit the no of Dosas you take and also may modify the recipe and try making Fenugreek Dosa , Moong dal Dosa. Let us see How is it going to be if you take Dosa in your breakfast. Dosa with coconut chutney and sambar is the most favourite one for many of us, Let us see the recipe for plain dosa to understand what does it contain so that we can get the answer for our question Can Can Diabetics eat Dosa? Dosa is generally made of raw rice and urad dal, but the recipe we are showing is bit modified one so that it will suit better to diabetics. All the ingredients in Dosa and Coconut chutney are good for diabetics but raw rice is not very good for diabetics. Generally people only use raw rice and urad dal for preparation of dosa. This recipe also includes parboiled rice which has lower glycemic index and rich in vitamins. One more tip is to use less coconut because coconut contains high amounts of saturated fat. So you may try coriander chutney or tomatoe onion chutney instead of coconut chutney. I make this tomatoe onion chutney which is diabetic friendly, see below how to make this chutney ingredients required 2 onions medium sized 1 tomatoe medium sized green chillies -2 garlic cloves -3 curry leaves - 8 mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds- 1 tsp ginger - as you like oil - 1 tbsp (I prefer rice bran oil) how to prepare diabetic friendly onion tomatoe chutney Fry all the ingredients Allow them to cool to room temperature make them into a fine paste using a mixie grinder. chutney is ready. HDFD COMMENT Diabetics can eat plain dosa but should be careful with the type of chu Continue reading >>

Coconut For Diabetes

Coconut For Diabetes

Coconut is a very nutritious food that can be eaten raw or used as an ingredient in cooking. The milk of the coconut makes a very refreshing drink and is reputed to be extremely nutritious. Coconut is good for diabetes management as it has a beneficial impact on blood sugar levels. To understand how raw or tender coconut is good for diabetes management it is necessary to have some basic knowledge about diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the body is unable to convert glucose or sugar that is absorbed from food, into energy. The conversion of glucose to energy requires the presence of insulin, a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas. 1 1 Worst Carb After Age 50 If you're over 50 and you eat this carb, you will never lose belly fat. HealthPlus50 2 Warning: 3 Foods to Avoid These 3 Foods Should Come with a Warning Label Nucific In diabetes, either the pancreas cannot secrete insulin (type 1 diabetes) or the body does not utilize the insulin effectively (type 2 diabetes). As the body is unable to convert glucose into energy, the glucose remains in the bloodstream causing high blood sugar levels which has a very damaging effect on the body. Diabetics are prone to developing many other diseases like coronary heart disease and kidney disease. In fact, the majority of deaths in the case of diabetics is due to coronary heart disease. Benefits: Coconut meat is a rich source of nutrients and fiber. Coconut fiber helps in regulating blood sugar levels and can also reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to lower cholesterol levels. It has anti-cancer properties and acts as an aid in the digestive process. Coconut fiber helps bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract kill dangerous bacteria and also helps to expel intestinal parasites. It helps regulate blood sugar Continue reading >>

Idlis

Idlis

The Myth: Idli is healthy food. The Fact: Idli is fattening food. If the fat in our food is the sole cause of body fat, we should all have been slim, because we have banned the ghee from our diets and turned cooking oil reduction into a fine art. The pride with which our Mega Star unveiled his oil less dosa, the fervour with which the media highlighted it and the zeal with which we appreciated it highlights our thought process of making ‘fat’ the villain. If you want proof of it, see the spread at any marriage party – ghee is either absent or when present, has very few takers. Has this anti-ghee mania made us slim? No, because fat or even cholesterol in Indians, who mainly eat grains, comes from the blood sugar spikes caused by fermented grain contained in foods like Idlis. Carbohydrates in our diet enter the blood as glucose, also called sugar. Ideally, the glucose should enter the blood at a uniform rate until the next meal, which ideally has to be after every 4 hours. Removing the fiber, as in the case of white rice, makes the glucose enter the blood faster and fermenting accelerates it even further. So, blood sugar Blood Sugar levels, after eating idlis rise a lot within the first one or two hours, depending on whether they are eaten with fat or not and fall to very low levels thereafter. To see this effect for myself, I had measured my Blood Sugar levels after eating Idlis with fat laden coconut and pudina chutney. The readings are presented below. Any one can repeat this experiment, because, thanks to the ubiquitous occurrence of diabetes in our society, glucometers are available in most households. No Food Grams Cals Glycemic Index (GI) Blood glucose at different hours after the meal 0 1 2 3 4 1 Idlis (3 nos 180 g)+ Coconut Chutney (160 g) 340 660 60 121 11 Continue reading >>

Eating Well With Diabetes: South Indian And Sri Lankan Diets

Eating Well With Diabetes: South Indian And Sri Lankan Diets

Many staple foods in the South Indian diet are good for your health. From fresh guava to lentils to vegetarian cuisine, there are lots of nutrient-rich choices. However, deep fried items, high-fat foods and refined flour are also common and should be limited. If you have diabetes, you can work with your healthcare team to develop a plan that is right for you. It will likely include exercise, a meal plan, blood sugar monitoring and perhaps medication. This article will focus on the dietary changes that you can make. Diabetes information in other languages! Call EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2 to get practical tips and information on managing diabetes in: Gujrati, Pakistani, Punjabi and Urdu. This information will tell you which of your favourite traditional foods fit into a healthy diet and which should be limited to help you manage diabetes. What is type 2 diabetes? Diabetes is a disease where the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. When the body is working well, insulin helps carry sugar (glucose) from your blood to your cells where it is used for energy. If you have diabetes, your body's cells do not receive enough glucose, so it stays in your blood. High blood glucose (or high blood sugar) can lead to heart, kidney, vision and blood vessel problems. Who has a higher risk of diabetes? Some ethnic groups in Canada have a higher risk of getting diabetes, including people of South Asian descent. There are certain genes that affect insulin function. Having these genes increases your risk of diabetes. These genes are commonly found in high risk populations such as people with South Asian heritage. What to eat…and when If you have diabetes, it is important to eat every 4 to 6 hours Continue reading >>

Coconut Chutney Diabetes Can Chromium Help

Coconut Chutney Diabetes Can Chromium Help

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Food For Gestational Diabetes

Food For Gestational Diabetes

Food Substitutions: Here are a few simple substitutions that will take you a long way in controlling the sugar spikes. It is funny how food we eat can really make a difference. Much of this may sound like a sea of change if you are not used to them as change or fear of the unknown is what each one of us are afraid of. But with courage of conviction, you can overcome that. And the best part is you will get rewarded for eating right everyday by way of your blood sugar monitor numbers turning in the normal range. Substitute: whole (full fat) or 2% milk with low-fat or even better non fat milk, if you haven't already. Similarly whole (full fat) yogurt with non fat version. Even better, switch from regular / plain unsweetened yogurt to non fat unsweetened Greek Yogurt if you can. It has more protein as compared to the regular yogurt and helps keep you fuller longer and keeps your digestive tract healthy. White rice with Brown rice or cracked wheat. It might be an acquired taste for many, but once you do, you will never want to go back to white rice again. Both brown rice and cracked wheat cook similar to white rice, might take a tad bit longer. Butter with oil. Better to cut it out completely. But occasionally when you crave, hit the EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) button instead. Olive oil increases flavor of soups, pastas and sides. Brown rice or whole wheat pasta made with 100% whole grain place of regular pasta. White bread with 100% natural multi-grain or 12 grain or whole wheat bread White Basmati Rice with Brown Basmati Rice Fine cracked wheat in place of upma rava/ semolina (cream of wheat) Potatoes with Sweet Potatoes, they have a lot of fiber and are a low-glycemic index food and after digestion release glucose to the blood slowly helping keep the blood sugar stable.

Moong Dal Dosa - A Healthy Snack Option

Moong Dal Dosa - A Healthy Snack Option

Moong dal is a great source of protein, vitamins and dietary fiber. Moong Dal Dosa or Pesarattu is also low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol making a very healthy snack option for people with diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Perfect for an after school snack for young children too. Ingredients: 1 cup whole green moong dal 1 tbsp urad dal 2 tbsp yoghurt 3-4 tbsp water Salt to taste (add minimal or no salt to the recipe) 2 green chilies (optional) Steps: Wash the moong and urad dal thoroughly and soak them in water for 2 to 3 hours minimum. Can be soaked overnight too. Rinse the dal after they have been soaked and in a blender, grind it with yogurt and water. Add more water if required till a soft consistency has been achieved. Cover and leave it in a warm place for another 2 to 3 hours. When the mixture has fermented, add salt and finely chopped green chili to your taste. Stir well. On a hot non-stick flat pan, brush small amount of oil on it. Spread a ladle full of mixture just like a dosa in a circular motion. When the edges start to brown, remove from the pan. Serve hot with coriander or coconut chutney. (Keep salt low and eat chutneys in small quantities) Do you have a variation you like to follow? Share it with the PatientsEngage communty The image above is not exactly as per the recipe. Continue reading >>

Do Not Despair, You Can Defeat Diabetes

Do Not Despair, You Can Defeat Diabetes

I am excited to say this today after being a victim to the ravages of diabetes for the past twenty seven years. I was diagnosed a diabetic at the age of fifty and put on medications. I was told to avoid sweets and eat less quantities of foods like rice, potatoes, bananas etc. But sugar levels remained high and medicines were changed for stronger ones and higher doses. Gradually over the years my eye-sight deteriorated with cataract and retinopathy, developed high BP, ischemic heart disease and neuropathy in both lower limbs. I was daily swallowing so many pills for all these diseases and was more or less resigned to lead a life of misery. It was then by the grace of God that at the beginning of this month (May 13) I stumbled upon the Indian Diabetic Forum on the net. Reading the posts there on the low carb diet was an eye opener for me and I decided to try it out immediately. On the 8th night I had a totally grain-free meal and the next morning the FBS reading was 104 instead of the usual range of 160 180! Since then I have drastically reduced grain based foods (bread, chapatti, rice etc.) in my diet and BS levels have been consistently normal. I have also reduced the insulin and metformin doses. This has brought me joy and hope that at last I will be able to beat this demon of diabetes. My brothers and sisters suffering from the miseries of diabetes, just try it, you will lose nothing but will be surprised by the results. Continue reading >>

Eating Well With Diabetes: South Indian And Sri Lankan Diets

Eating Well With Diabetes: South Indian And Sri Lankan Diets

Eating well with Diabetes: South Indian and Sri Lankan diets Many staple foods in the South Indian diet are good for your health. From fresh guava to lentils to vegetarian cuisine, there are lots of nutrient-rich choices. However, deep fried items, high-fat foods and refined flour are also common and should be limited. If you have diabetes, you can work with your healthcare team to develop a plan that is right for you. It will likely include exercise, a meal plan, blood sugar monitoring and perhaps medication. This article will focus on the dietary changes that you can make. Diabetes information in other languages! Call EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2 to get practical tips and information on managing diabetes in: Gujrati, Pakistani, Punjabi and Urdu. This information will tell you which of your favourite traditional foods fit into a healthy diet and which should be limited to help you manage diabetes. Diabetes is a disease where the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. When the body is working well, insulin helps carry sugar (glucose) from your blood to your cells where it is used for energy. If you have diabetes, your body's cells do not receive enough glucose, so it stays in your blood. High blood glucose (or high blood sugar) can lead to heart, kidney, vision and blood vessel problems. Some ethnic groups in Canada have a higher risk of getting diabetes, including people of South Asian descent. There are certain genes that affect insulin function. Having these genes increases your risk of diabetes. These genes are commonly found in high risk populations such as people with South Asian heritage. If you have diabetes, it is important to eat every 4 to 6 hours to keep your blood s Continue reading >>

10 Healthy Snacks For People With Diabetes

10 Healthy Snacks For People With Diabetes

Here are 10 healthy snacks for people with diabetes. World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on 14th November and is an annual reminder of how this disease is taking over the lives of millions across the globe. The adverse effects of a combination of poor and unhealthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle and long working hours are becoming increasingly worrisome. Diabetes happens to be one of the most dangerous outcomes as it not only puts people at the risk of obesity, heart disease and a stroke, but also triggers an extreme lifestyle change. Diabetes is commonly known as the silent killer and in many cases is diagnosed accidentally. This makes it extremely important that we are aware of the symptoms which can help in an early diagnosis and possible recovery. If you're suffering from diabetes, then it's extremely important to keep a strict watch on your diet. You should eat small and healthy meals through the day in order to keep your blood-sugar levels in check and be sure to not include processed or high fattening food. Instead, find foods that perfectly combine protein, carbohydrates and fats. If you're confused about what to eat or have run out of ideas, then here's a list of 10 super healthy and delicious snacks: 1. Whole grain crackers - Crackers made of cracked wheat, quinoa, rye, oats are healthy as these grains help in lowering blood-glucose levels and cholesterol levels. You can eat crackers with hung curd dressings or cottage cheese to enhance the nutritional value of the snack. It also gives it a more delicious spin. (Recipe by Chef Seema Chandra) 2. Fruits for snacks - Fruits are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. So feel free to eat as many as you can. But be sure to select fruits that are relatively low on sugar - like apple, berries and guava. 3.Steamed Continue reading >>

Diet And Diabetes

Diet And Diabetes

To live a long and healthy life with Diabetes, following diet and exercise are very important along with medication. Diabetic diet is not different from normal diet; however some modifications need to be done for the normal diet Dietary Guidelines Eat more Vegetables: Eat more locally available and seasonal vegetables. Take them as curry, raita, and in raw form. Include green leafy vegetables regularly in the diet. Vegetables; contain fibre and many vitamins and minerals which are helpful in control of diabetes and to maintain good health. Eat variety of foods: for better control of blood sugar instead of using only rice include other grains like wheat, jowar, ragi or unpolished; rice in the diet, eating only white rice is not going to help to control Blood sugar. More of whole Grains: Include whole dals like moong dal and channa dal in everyday diet. Use less oil: Diabetic person is at higher risk of hear disease, it is advisable o reduce the consumption of oil for cooking. Restricted amount of oil for cooking and not preparing the vegetables in fried forms will help to consume less amount of oil. Traditionally used oils like groundnut and gingelly oil are good for health. Ghee, butter, coconut oil contain different type of fats, (which may increase cholesterol) and should be taken in small quantities. Use less salt: usually Indian diet is rich in salt, especially when using pickles, papad and adding more salt to food is quite common. Normally people with diabetes may also get Hypertension (B.P) and it is better to restrict the intake of pickles, papad and adding less salt while cooking food. Use of Eggs/ Non veg: Fish contains special type of oil which helps in blood sugar management, so consumption of fish is encouraged 3-4 times a week. Chicken also contain less fat Continue reading >>

Can Diabetics Eat Coconuts?

Can Diabetics Eat Coconuts?

Diabetes isn't the death sentence it was in the days before insulin, but it's still not a condition to take lightly. A healthy lifestyle is crucial to living well with diabetes, and managing your diet plays a significant part in that process. Once you've learned how foods -- especially carbohydrates -- affect your blood sugar, you can evaluate foods such as fresh coconuts and make educated estimates about whether and when you can eat them. It's Not Black and White In its infancy, diabetes management focused largely on avoiding high-sugar foods. Medical professionals now have a more nuanced understanding of how foods affect blood sugar, and educators have moved away from simple lists of foods to eat and not eat. Instead the emphasis is on managing your total carbohydrate consumption. This includes favoring carbohydrates that digest slowly over those that digest quickly, which helps avoid major swings in your blood sugar levels. Savvy meal planners also pay attention to dietary fiber, which slows the absorption of carbs and sugars from your foods. Carbs and Coconuts Fresh coconut is a very modest contributor to your daily total consumption of carbohydrates, in part because a little goes a long way. It's often shaved or shredded into dishes as a garnish because solid pieces require a jaw-tiring quantity of chewing. Consider a 2-inch square of coconut, roughly 1/2 inch thick, a good snack-sized portion. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's figures estimate that total carbohydrates would account for 6.9 grams of its 45-gram weight, or roughly 2 percent of your recommended daily allowance. Of that 6.9 grams, only 2.8 grams come in the form of sugar. Finding the Fiber Just as importantly, coconut is an exceptional source of dietary fiber. So much so, in fact, that coconut fibe Continue reading >>

Coconuts, Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil And Diabetes

Coconuts, Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil And Diabetes

Coconut oil has been called a “superfood” with positive effects on heart and brain health, weight loss (especially abdominal fat) and a whole host and anti-inflammatory effects. But is coconut oil really a superfood? Or is it just the newest fad out there on the internet? Coconuts Coconuts have traditionally been the main staple food in many Asian and Pacific populations. In those same populations, coconut has also long been used as a medicine to treat infections, respiratory conditions, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, kidney stones, and other disorders. Coconut meat (the whitish flakes) is high in fiber, protein, minerals such as manganese, selenium and iron and contains Vitamin C and B vitamins along with plant sterols. Coconut meat is also high in calories from fats—the fats are primarily the saturated fats along with high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids. Coconut flour is the finely ground coconut meat. Coconut milk (pressed from coconut meat) is similar to coconut meat as far as its nutritional profile—it is high in fiber, protein, richer than coconut meat in minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium and contains Vitamins C, E and B vitamins. Coconut milk is also high in plant sterols and calories from fats. These fats are also in the saturated form with high levels of omega-6 fatty acids. Coconut water is diluted coconut milk and is much lower in calories. Finally, coconut oil is very high in calories from saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids with essentially no vitamins, minerals, protein or fiber—in other words, pure fat. The fats in coconut oil are in the form of medium-chain triacylglycerols, or MCT. Fats and Health For many years, fats in food were considered the main cause for fats on the body. Continue reading >>

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