Dietary Changes to Manage Diabetes
Everyone who receives a diagnosis of diabetes will need to learn how to manage it, and one of the primary tools for diabetes management is diet.
A healthful diet, well-balanced and with the right carbs, can go a long way towards evening out blood sugar levels.
Bad Choices for Diabetics
There is no single diabetes diet plan. Instead, dietary changes should be away from fast, processed foods and towards more wholesome and nutritionally valuable foods. Portion sizes mean a lot, but the source and quality of the food you are consuming matters more.
High-fat, sweetened, salty foods that are full of preservatives tend to pack little nutrition for each calorie consumed. For many Americans, these are the foods that make up a large percentage of their diet.
Trans-fats have now been outlawed, after preserving our food for many years, because of the harm they did to the cardiovascular system by raising bad cholesterol and lowering good cholesterol.
High fructose corn syrups are sweeter than cane sugar, and cheaper to produce. Unfortunately, high fructose corn syrups do not require digestion, and are instead absorbed directly into the bloodstream. This increases the need for insulin.
The amount of salt we consume has long been known to have a direct bearing on blood pressure.
Good Choices for Diabetics (and Everyone Else!)
Any diet that is rich in nutrients, full of wholesome foods that have not been processed, chemically preserved or added to is a good place to start.
People with diabetes always have to be aware of carbohydrate consumption. Carbohydrates become a source of glucose onc Continue reading