Controlling food has always been a very crucial for a diabetic. Food is a real treatment like medications and physical activities. To know how to properly deal with diet can help a diabetic avoid significant changes in blood sugar and prevent future complications (cardiovascular, renal, ophthalmic …)
But generally, the recommended diet for diabetics is almost identical to that recommended for most people.
First let’s talk about fruits and vegetables. The benefits of vegetable consumption are well known today. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, they are ideal to help reduce cholesterol. They also make very little carbohydrates and are highly recommended for the control of diabetes. The ideal is to eat them raw. But if you decide to cook, do not cook them long. Steamed and accompanied by herbs, veggies retain their vitamin intake to achieve a more fragrant flavor.
For fruits, it is therefore the same; they should be eaten more often in their natural state: raw and fresh. But you can also serve them in salads or stewed, as long as you do not add sugar. Nothing prevents you from enhancing your fruit with a little cheese or nuts which makes the taste more palatable.
Dairy products are an essential source of calcium for the body. However we must make choices about what concerns them. First, choose skim milk rather than other forms. Then, opt for lighter options for cheese and yoghurt.
Grains, in turn, are rich in carbohydrates but are low in fat. The more you eat whole grains, the higher the fiber content in your body is which improves the functioning of your intestinal tract and allows the slower absorption of carbohydrates and lipids. These can be considered as proteins, they contain amino acids, and essential minerals such as iron, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
You can also replace meat with legumes. These have substantially the same protein intake as meat, but less fat. Obviously, cooking them in water usually makes them an ideal food for the diet of a person with diabetes. Feel free to use them in salads, soups or as an accompaniment to vegetables. Large amounts of protein, fiber, iron, potassium are provided by these legumes and they do have only a minimal amount of fat and sodium.
Meat and poultry still have their place in our diet but they should be selected taking into account their fat intake. For example, poultry is most appropriate for its low fat content such as turkey. The duck and geese are discouraged because they are brown flesh, which is rich in fat. As for meat, it is an important source of protein, certainly, but also brimming with saturated fat and cholesterol. The best way to eat is to use the leanest cuts and cooked in minimal conditions of fat. Baking without fat would probably be ideal.
Finally, for fish and seafood, they contain fats that are beneficial and also selenium which is a nutrient that the body does not make but which remains essential for its proper functioning. The experts are praising the benefits of fish consumption to counter heart problems. Its consumption in fact, would make the blood flow, help reduce blood cholesterol and keep blood pressure normal. Cooking it in the oven is easy and you can easily enhance its taste with garlic, herbs, ginger or lemon, which makes it a champion for diabetic food.