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Food Tips for Diabetics

September 13, 2012


Cases of diabetes are on the rise worldwide yet most of these cases are preventable with healthy nutritional diets. However, these healthy nutritional diets only help to control and prevent diabetes complications. There is a direct correlation between your blood sugar level and what you eat.

Tip #1; choose high-fiber, slow-release carbs

Carbs are the major source of sugar more than fats and proteins. It's best to limit highly refined carbs such as white bread, pasta, rice as well as soft drinks like soda. Instead focus on high fiber carbs which are known for their low Glycemic Index (G.I) i.e. they are digested slowly. Such carbs are referred to as slow-release carbs. They help keep blood sugar level even when digested thus preventing the body from producing much insulin.

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Tip #4; be smart about sugary food

Being diabetic doesn't necessarily mean avoiding sugary food completely. You can still enjoy this food with moderation even if you have diabetes. If you have a sweet tooth for sweets you can do away with its cravings by a preference change. Eat sweets and sugary snacks with another meal rather than as a stone alone snack.

Tip #3; cut down on alcohol

It's very easy to underestimate the amount of carbs in an alcoholic drink including beer and wine. If you are going to drink beer or wine, drink with moderation. Monitor alcohol interference of your blood sugar level regularly if you have diabetes.

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Tip #4; Choose fats wisely

Fats can either help or harm your diet as a diabetic. There is a direct correlation between heart diseases and diabetes. The high calorie content of fats puts you at risk. The best fats for your diet are the unsaturated fats e.g. olive oil. Cook vegetable using olive in place of vegetable oil.

Tip #5; eat regularly and keep a food diary.

Start your day off with a good breakfast and you should eat it every day. Other meals should be eaten as well on a regular basis with the help of a food diary. Regulating the calorie and sugar content of the food you eat on a day-to-day basis has a great impact in regulating your blood sugar level.

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