Diabetic diet should be well-balanced and provides the nutritional needs of the person with diabetes. These diets should be nutritious. The calories that come from carbohydrates should be from sources that are also high in fiber and other nutrients, like whole grains, beans and fruits.The goal should be to provide good nutrition, keep normal blood sugar levels, and help to lose weight or maintain an optimal body weight or BMI and to aid in the maintenance of good bowel patterns.
When planning diabetic recipes, it is important to take the following into account:
The American diabetes association exchange diet list helps a person to exchange food within each group. The foods can be grouped into starches, meats and fish, milk or dairy, fruits, fats, sweets and free foods.
The exchange list lists foods that can be substituted for another and still maintain the needed nutrition in the diet. You have to be careful to choose more from the group that has more nutrients and fiber and less saturated fat. For instance, ½ cup of oatmeal and ¼ serving of a medium French fries may have 15grams of carbohydrate, but ½ cup of oatmeal is higher on nutritional value. Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber and provides more bulk than French fries. Oatmeal does not have saturated fat and has the ability to lower bad cholesterol. French fries contain trans-fat which could increase bad cholesterol. French fries are not a good source of fiber.
It is important to cut off sources of saturated fat and trans fat in your diet.
It is important to combine the different food groups in such a way that the carbohydrates are mixed with vegetables. Let about half of your portion be from vegetables and fruits while the other half come from meats, starch and dairy. When the sources of sugar in the food are mixed with a lot of fiber from vegetables and fruits, it results in a lot of advantages over a meal that contains a lot of starch without the bulk.
There are different ways you can use the foods from the exchange lists to make a diabetic diet plan:
Alcohol is not part of diet, but since people generally consume alcohol, it is important to talk about here. People with diabetes should limit or avoid the consumption of alcohol, especially if they are being treated for diabetes. This is because alcohol interacts with diabetes treatment and may produce adverse effects on diabetics. Also, alcohol distracts the body from using sugar, because alcohol is related to sugar. Return from Diabetic Diet to Home
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