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14 Foods That Could Change A Diabetic's Life

14 Foods That Could Change A Diabetic's Life

Print Font: When you think of managing blood sugar, odds are you obsess over everything you can't have. While it's certainly important to limit no-no ingredients (like white, refined breads and pastas and fried, fatty, processed foods), it's just as crucial to pay attention to what you should eat. We suggest you start here. Numerous nutrition and diabetes experts singled out these power foods because 1) they're packed with the 4 healthy nutrients (fiber, omega-3s, calcium, and vitamin D) that make up Prevention's Diabetes DTOUR Diet, and 2) they're exceptionally versatile, so you can use them in recipes, as add-ons to meals, or stand-alone snacks. 1. Beans Beans have more to boast about than being high in fiber (plant compounds that help you feel full, steady blood sugar, and even lower cholesterol; a half cup of black beans delivers more than 7 grams). They're a not-too-shabby source of calcium, a mineral that research shows can help burn body fat. In ½ cup of white beans, you'll get almost 100 mg of calcium—about 10% of your daily intake. Beans also make an excellent protein source; unlike other proteins Americans commonly eat (such as red meat), beans are low in saturated fat—the kind that gunks up arteries and can lead to heart disease. How to eat them: Add them to salads, soups, chili, and more. There are so many different kinds of beans, you could conceivably have them every day for a week and not eat the same kind twice. 2. Dairy You're not going to find a better source of calcium and vitamin D—a potent diabetes-quelling combination—than in dairy foods like milk, cottage cheese, and yogurt. One study found that women who consumed more than 1,200 mg of calcium and more than 800 IU of vitamin D a day were 33% less likely to develop diabetes than those taki Continue reading >>

People’s Pharmacy: Cinnamon, Mustard May Lower Blood Sugar

People’s Pharmacy: Cinnamon, Mustard May Lower Blood Sugar

Q. I have been using cinnamon to help control my blood sugar for the past four years. Using 1/4 teaspoon in boiling water to make a cinnamon tea lowers my blood-sugar readings from about 185 to 135 in one hour. Yellow mustard works even more effectively. I take about 1/2 teaspoon per meal, depending on the amount of carbohydrates in the food. Both cinnamon and yellow mustard can be overdone and make blood sugar go too low, so you have to be cautious. A. There is research supporting the idea that cinnamon can lower blood sugar. Until your e-mail, we had not heard that yellow mustard could do the same thing. A little digging revealed several animal studies showing that curcumin, the active ingredient in the yellow spice turmeric, lowers blood glucose. Since turmeric gives mustard its yellow color, perhaps this explains the benefit you have discovered. Diabetics must monitor blood sugar closely and check with a physician before trying such dietary strategies. Q. After I read about Listerine for scalp problems, I tried it myself. I had been using a prescription steroid lotion for 10 years, but applying Listerine and letting it dry did the trick. This worked so well I bathed my dog with it. He’d been suffering with staph infections for years and had been on and off antibiotics and steroids for his skin problems. Letting the Listerine dry on him gave him immediate relief. It even healed two open wounds on his hind legs from biting and scratching. Thanks! A. We urge folks to check with a vet before trying out remedies on pets. In this case, though, we first heard about using Listerine for itchy scalp from a fellow who had been told to use it for hot spots on his dog. Q. Could you tell me if some sugar-free foods would be the cause of diarrhea? A. Absolutely. Sweeteners such Continue reading >>

Should You Eat Mayonnaise If You Have Diabetes

Should You Eat Mayonnaise If You Have Diabetes

If you are someone with diabetes you are aware that is very difficult to pick the right foods in order to control your levels of blood sugar. Probably already you made tons of changes in terms of your usual diet. And you are probably wondering if you also need to eliminate mayonnaise. The mayonnaise is usually used as a base for dips, as spread on sandwiches and also in salad dressings. The mayonnaise belongs in the category of oils and fats. According to the National Nutrient Database USDA, one tablespoon of mayonnaise contains around 11.7 grams of fat and around 103 calories, but it does not contain carbs or protein. After a meal, the carbs influence the levels of your blood sugar directly. The regular mayonnaise won’t increase the levels of your blood sugar. And therefore it won’t interfere with the control over your diabetes. But bear in mind that the food you consume along with mayonnaise like French fries, potato salad or a regular sandwich can influence the levels of the blood sugar. On the market, there are fat-free, low-fat and reduced-calorie mayonnaise that is made to reduce its content of fat. However, in order to compensate for their lack of taste, in these types of mayonnaises, there are small amounts of sugar. To be more accurate, for example, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise that is reduced in calories contains around 49 calories, 1 gram carbs, and 4.9 grams fat. You will get half of the fat and calories, but also there are carbs added. At first glance, it might not seem like a lot, but many people use light or low-fat products, and these people usually end up having more than they would with regular products. For instance, certain people might put 4 tablespoons in their salad or sandwich, and that is 4 grams of carbs, enough to be part of dietary carb th Continue reading >>

The Top 20 Foods For Beating Diabetes

The Top 20 Foods For Beating Diabetes

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have a boring diet Every time you roll your shopping cart into the supermarket, you’re making a decision that goes far beyond whether you’re going to have pork or pierogies for dinner. You’re actually choosing between being a victim and a victor. What you put in your cart goes a long way toward determining whether you’ll be compromised by diabetes or start controlling and eventually even beating it. That’s why we’ve assembled the following list of the 20 best foods for fighting diabetes. Every time you go to the store from now on, take this list with you and check off each item. In fact, if your favourite store has a delivery service, sign up for it so your supplies are automatically replenished every few weeks. Research proves that making a few key changes to your diet such as eating more produce, fewer refined carbohydrates, plenty of lean protein, and more ‘good’ fat’helps improve blood-sugar control and cuts the risk of diabetes-related complications. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that one or two or even five foods on this list will transform you. You need most of them, yes, even the flaxseed, because together they represent a new approach to eating, a lifestyle rather than just a diet. 1. Apples Because they offer so many health advantages, put these at the core of your diet. Apples are naturally low in calories, yet their high fibre content (4 grams) fills you up, battles bad cholesterol, and blunts blood-sugar swings. Red Delicious and Granny Smith are also among the top 10 fruits with the most disease-fighting antioxidants. Eat them whole and unpeeled for the greatest benefit, or make a quick ‘baked’ apple. After washing and chopping one apple, put it in a bowl with a dusting of cinnamon and microwa Continue reading >>

Best Vegetables For Type 2 Diabetes

Best Vegetables For Type 2 Diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes often feel left out at big family meals and at restaurants, but it should not mean having to avoid delicious food. In fact, no food item is strictly forbidden for people with type 2 diabetes. Healthy eating for people with diabetes is all about moderation and balance. The best vegetables for type 2 diabetes are low on the glycemic index (GI) scale, rich in fiber, or high in blood pressure-lowering nitrates. Why choose vegetables? When considering foods to avoid, many people with diabetes might think about sugary or high-carbohydrate foods, such as cinnamon rolls or bread. Certain vegetables, though, can also cause blood glucose problems. The GI refers to how quickly foods cause blood sugar levels to rise. Foods high on the GI, such as most potatoes, rapidly release glucose, potentially triggering blood glucose spikes. They can also cause weight gain when eaten in excess. Low to moderate GI vegetables, such as carrots, offer better blood glucose control, and a lower risk of weight gain. Nitrates are chemicals that naturally occur in some vegetables. They are also used as preservatives in some foods. Eating nitrate-rich foods, not foods processed with added nitrates, can lower blood pressure, and improve overall circulatory health. This means that nitrate-rich foods, such as beets, are among the best vegetables for people with type 2 diabetes who have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. This is still true despite their high level of carbohydrates. The key to good food management, in this instance, is to reduce carbohydrate consumption elsewhere, such as by eliminating bread or sugary snacks. Fiber and protein are both very important in a healthful diabetes diet. Protein is vital for good health, and can help people feel fuller for longer, Continue reading >>

How To Fight Type 2 Diabetes Through Your Food Choices And Diet Plan

How To Fight Type 2 Diabetes Through Your Food Choices And Diet Plan

If you have type 2 diabetes — the most common form of diabetes — eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is critical to controlling your weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. By enriching your diet and creating a meal plan tailored to your personal preferences and lifestyle, you'll be able to enjoy the foods you love while minimizing complications and reducing further risk. Although there isn’t any research that directly supports individual dietary choices in the fight against type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t hurt to maintain a balanced diet. More often than not, the average diet is lacking in these key nutrients: calcium magnesium fiber potassium vitamins A, C, D, and E vitamin B-12 for those on metformin Adding foods rich in these nutrients is often a great first step in diabetes management. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the following are considered to be diabetes superfoods: Fat-free milk and yogurt are both a good source of vitamin D, which promotes strong bones and teeth. Whole grains containing germ and bran are often rich in magnesium, chromium, and folate. Regardless of the type, berries are an excellent source of antioxidants and fiber. Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, and limes, are high in vitamin C. Not only are beans high in fiber, they’re a solid source of potassium and magnesium. Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce your risk of heart disease, so don’t shy away from salmon dishes. In addition to providing magnesium and fiber, nuts can help with hunger management. Some nuts and seeds also contain omega-3s. Tomatoes contain crucial nutrients such as vitamins C and E. Swap regular potatoes for sweet potatoes, which are chock-full of potassium and vitamin A. Dark green leafy vegetables like collards and kale a Continue reading >>

Mayonnaise And Diabetes

Mayonnaise And Diabetes

If you have diabetes, choosing the right foods to control your blood sugar levels is not always easy to do. You might have made a lot of changes to your diet already and now wonder if you also have to eliminate other foods, such as mayonnaise, to optimize your blood sugar control. Mayonnaise is commonly used as a spread on sandwiches, to prepare salads or as a base for dips. Video of the Day Mayonnaise and Diabetes Mayonnaise falls in the category of fats and oils, and contains almost no carbohydrates; 1 tbsp. of regular mayonnaise contains 103 calories and 11.7 g of fat, but no protein or carbohydrates, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database. Because only carbs can directly influence your blood sugar levels after a meal, regular mayonnaise does not boost your blood sugar levels and therefore does not interfere with your diabetes control. However, the foods you eat your mayonnaise with, such as potato salad, a sandwich or french fries, can definitely influence your blood sugar levels. Reduced-Calorie Mayonnaise Some reduced-calorie, low-fat or fat-free mayonnaises are manufactured to decrease their fat content, but to compensate for the lack of taste, small amounts of sugar are often added. For example, 1 tbsp. of reduced-calorie mayonnaise contains 49 calories, 4.9 g of fat and 1 g of carbs. In the same serving, you get half the calories and fat, but with carbs added. It might not seem like a lot, but many people using low-fat or light products end up using more. For example, some people might use up to 4 tbsp. in their sandwiches or salad, which adds up to 4 g of carbs, enough to include in dietary carb counting for diabetics. The types of fats found in mayonnaises vary according to the type of oil used. Most mayonnaises are made with soybean oil, which is r Continue reading >>

Eat To Beat Diabetes

Eat To Beat Diabetes

When you consider that "glucose-intolerant" is another term for "diabetic," it's easy to see what you shouldn't eat. Namely, glucose-rich foods, such as bread, rice, pasta, and potatoes. But Mary Vernon, M.D., prefers a more positive approach: "I like to emphasize what people can enjoy." So, use the guidelines below to build a prescription diet. One caution: If you're currently taking medication for high blood pressure or high blood sugar, consult your physician first, as this diet will cause both to drop. Eat until you're satisfied, not stuffed. Don't skip meals, especially breakfast. Include protein, such as meat, cheese, and nuts, with every meal and snack. Vegetables: Down as many as four servings a day of nonroot vegetables. That means broccoli, asparagus, spinach, and any other leafy green vegetable. One serving is 1 cup rawabout the size of a baseballor 1/2 cup cooked (half a ball). Meat and eggs: Eat as much of these foodswhich include poultry and fishas you want (i.e., until you're full). Cheese: Have up to 4 ounces of hard and firm cheeses dailyfor instance, Parmesan, American, and cheddar. One serving is about the size of two dominoes. Fruit: Limit yourself to 1 cup of berries or melon a day. Condiments: Mustard, horseradish, soy sauce, and Tabasco sauce. Salad dressings: Oil and vinegar, and full-fat dressingssuch as ranchthat contain no more than 2 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Oils: Olive and canola are best; use only small amounts of other oils. Beverages: Drink 64 ounces of water a day. Then consume only two servings of diet soda per day and unsweetened tea and coffee as desired (decaf when possible). Continue reading >>

Add Some Flavor To Your Diabetes Meal Plan

Add Some Flavor To Your Diabetes Meal Plan

1 / 11 Use Portion Control Enhancing your food's flavors through condiments and spices is key to enjoying a healthy type 2 diabetes diet. But before you reach for the ketchup and mayo, know that some choices are a lot better for you than others. You'll also benefit from learning how to read nutrition labels and measuring servings carefully. "Most important is portion control," says Constance Brown-Riggs, RD, CDN, author of The African American Guide to Living Well With Diabetes. "Condiments should be used to enhance the flavor of food and not serve as the main course." Here are the facts on the most popular condiments and spices to help you choose. Continue reading >>

Mustard For Regulating Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

Mustard For Regulating Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

One of the very best natural ways to regulate blood sugar levels is using mustard. Mustard is an herb that comes from tiny seeds that contain loads of antioxidants that can help speed up your metabolism and help regulate your blood sugar levels so they are not all over the place. It is even excellent to take for lowering high blood pressure and increasing your appetite when you are not so hungry, but know you need to eat something healthy and good to nourish your body. The reason why mustard can be used to help regulate blood sugar levels is because it contains magnesium which is a mineral that helps keep blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels normal. Mustard also contains many other antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in it that are essential for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels such as vitamins C, omega -fatty acids, fiber, iron, niacin, and zinc which help keep the body healthy and functioning properly so it doesn’t become ill making you not want to eat a healthy meal when you are suppose too. The best way to get mustard into your diet is by eating it on a sandwich, or adding it to a salad dressing. You may also add mustard powder and seeds to your cooking to receive the health benefits of mustard. Some people even like to drink a mustard tonic by soaking mustard seeds in warm water over night and drinking the mustard tonic that was made from the seeds in the morning. However, I prefer adding mustard to my food because it has a strong spicy taste to it that doesn’t taste good in a tonic. Adding mustard to a sandwich is much easier and more pleasant. Heck you can even make red meats taste fabulous by marinating them in a dressing containing mustard seeds in them. Either way you need to make sure you get mustard into your diet to receive the health benefit Continue reading >>

Cinnamon And Mustard Lowers Blood Sugar

Cinnamon And Mustard Lowers Blood Sugar

Q. I am a nurse, and one of my patients has a success story that may interest you. His presurgical tests showed an HbA1c above 8, indicating that his blood sugar had been above normal for months. He decided to start taking a cinnamon supplement. When I saw him two months later, his HbA1c was 6.0. Wow! Hes also been taking a teaspoon of yellow mustard, which contains vinegar and turmeric, after every meal. It muddies the research, but it has been good for him. A. Thanks so much for sharing this story. HbA1c is a blood test that reveals long-term blood sugar control. Keeping the level below 7 is considered desirable. Not everyone benefits from cinnamon, but we have heard from readers that a supplement can be helpful. There is even some research to support this approach (Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, May, 2010). Both vinegar and turmeric can help reduce the rise in blood sugar after eating, so were not surprised that mustard might be beneficial too. Get The Graedons' Favorite Home Remedies Health Guide for FREE Join our daily email newsletter with breaking health news, prescription drug information, home remedies AND you'll get a copy of our brand new full-length health guide for FREE! How much balsamic should be taken for lowering sugar levels? My sugar is always up. I take metformin 500 mg in the morning and afternoon and in between I take Gymnema Syvestre tablet once a day. My readings are between 6 & 7 I have slightly elevated sugar. Is there any advice one what foods to avoid? I dont want to takeep medicine to control. Remember that cinnamon raises blood pressure, even though it helps with blood sugar. You really have to know how to take spices. Sorry dont want to take medicine to control. How do I get bitter melon in Umuahia Abia State Nigeria? I just Continue reading >>

Problem Foods: Can Diabetics Eat Honey?

Problem Foods: Can Diabetics Eat Honey?

You don't have to avoid this sweet nectar even if you have diabetes. Amy Reeder is a Certified Diabetes Educator with a masters degree in nutrition from the University of Utah. She has worked in the diabetes field since 2005 and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2007. Honey is a safer sweetener than sugar because it has a lower glycemic index. However, honey still contains carbohydrate, so it is important for diabetics to track the intake of honey just like sugar. Shes as sweet as Tupelo honey, a line from Van Morrisons song is one of many that refers to the sweet nectar that is honey. Some call honey a miracle food because of the many other properties it has besides just being a sweetener. Honey has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (the darker the honey, the more antioxidants), as well as trace minerals of B-vitamins and Vitamin C. And for centuries, honey has been used as an anti-microbial agent to treat cuts, wounds, acne, and other skin ailments. Honey is a sweetener , somewhat comparable to table sugar. Both honey and sugar contain carbohydrate. It is the arrangement of the carbohydrate molecules glucose and fructose that make sugar and honey a little different from each other, however. Honey has a lower glycemic index than sugar (55 compared to 65, respectively), so eating honey may result in a more modest increase in blood glucose than when consuming sugar. When counting carbohydrates, it is important to know that 1 tablespoon of honey is considered one serving of honey, or 15 grams of carbohydrate. It is also important to note that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Heart Association have both issued the recommendation to reduce intake of added sugars, which would include both sugar and honey. But reducing intake does n Continue reading >>

Foods Diabetics Should Never Eat

Foods Diabetics Should Never Eat

Slide 1 of 15: “Diabetes is all about carbs,” Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, says. No medical prescription can fix a bad diet. The condition requires daily maintenance – monitoring blood sugar levels, eating healthy and exercising are crucial. Managing your weight is a lot more serious than simply looking and feeling good. Watching your diet can be a matter of life and death. Continue reading >>

A Complete List Of Foods You Must Avoid Eating If You're Diabetic

A Complete List Of Foods You Must Avoid Eating If You're Diabetic

A Complete List of Foods You MUST Avoid Eating if You're Diabetic Diabetes can be controlled by inculcating a few changes in your lifestyle; your dietary habits in particular. That being said, here is a list of foods that a diabetic should eat in moderation or ideally avoid for his own good. As a diabetic, you are supposed to follow certain norms with respect to lifestyle and dietary habits. It's very important for a person with diabetes to know what food to eat and what to avoid. As the consumption of sugar or fat rich food is best avoided due to the complications associated with them, a diabetic has a considerably lengthy list of foods that he should avoid. A diabetic should not just avoid sugar, but should also keep a check on other foods - carbohydrate rich foods in particular. Food high in cholesterol is also considered harmful for people suffering from diabetes, and therefore is best avoided. Recent studies have revealed that even some fruits and vegetables are harmful for diabetics. Similarly, fast food and beverages are a strict no. The list of foods is pretty lengthy, but then it is possible to categorize them into different groups based on their content. Sugar rich foods, like white sugar, ice creams, donuts, pastries, chocolates, cookies, artificial sweeteners, etc., can be extremely harmful for people suffering from diabetes. The list of high carbohydrate foods is mainly dominated by foods rich in fructose and glucose, such as table sugar and fruit juice concentrates. As these foods result in increase in the blood sugar levels, it is perfectly logical that they should be avoided by a diabetic. If completely avoiding sugar is not possible, the said dish can be modified a bit to ensure that its sugar content is minimal - but even that should be done only afte Continue reading >>

Top 10 Worst Diet Choices If You Have Diabetes

Top 10 Worst Diet Choices If You Have Diabetes

If you have diabetes, in many ways your diet is your medicine. As diabetes educators, we help patients understand what food and beverage choices are best to avoid. When foods are high in carbohydrates, fat and sodium, they increase your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight gain, heart disease and uncontrolled sugar . Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy Sweetened drinks. These include regular pop/soda, fruit punches and iced teas. These are loaded with sugar and calories, and they usually have little or no nutritional value. Instead, try infusing plain water with different berries and fruits so you can enjoy the natural sweetness. “Designer” or specialty coffee drinks – including frappuccinos or cappuccinos. That “once a day special treat” can add up to lots of extra sugar, calories and saturated fat. Instead, go for straight java, either black, with artificial sweetener or a small splash of skim milk. Whole milk. It has too much fat, which can lead to weight gain. Switch to 2 percent, 1 percent – or even better: skim milk. Keep in mind that one cup of skim milk has 12 grams of carbohydrates. If you don’t like milk or are lactose intolerant, you can drink almond milk, rice milk or soy milk instead—but remember to get the low sugar varieties. Hot dogs. These grilled little favorites are still high in saturated fat and sodium—yes, that even includes turkey dogs! Try to avoid them or eat them only occasionally. Packaged lunch meats. These are also high in saturated fat and sodium. Check your deli for low sodium meats—or better yet use sliced meat that you’ve roasted at home to make your sandwic Continue reading >>

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