Diabetes is a disorder where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to cover the consumption of food that a person intakes, causing the blood sugar levels to rise. A lot of food, when the body breaks it down for storage, turns into a form of sugar. This is why the diet of a diabetic person is very important. A person who is diabetic needs to watch what they are eating in order to help regulate their blood sugar levels as much as possible, no matter if they are Type 1 or Type 2.
This does not mean that a person cannot eat what they want or that they have to stick to a diet that is basically all vegetables or fruits. As a diabetic, one needs to eat a variety of different foods and in the right proportions to help maintain as healthy of a diet as possible, just like someone who is not diabetic. Proteins are just as important to a diabetic diet as vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates and so on.
Proteins help to maintain steady blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates, when the body breaks it down, turns into a sugar. This is why it is recommended for a person who has hypoglycemia to eat a carbohydrate and a protein to help cause the blood sugar level to rise. The sugar causes it to rise while the protein helps keep the blood sugar level there, instead of dropping again. Now, you can see how the proper diet is very important for a diabetic.
The menu for a diabetic can be flexible. It does not have to be “set”. The diabetic menu should be low in sugar, of course, and contain plenty of proteins and vitamins. Do take into consideration that sugar can hide in different forms. You will want to learn how to read the nutritional label of all foods and if they do not have one, there are books that will aid you in learning the nutritional guidelines for that particular food. Just because something says that it is sugar free, does not mean that it is. If it is sugar free and still has carbohydrates listed on the label, then technically, it has sugar.
The best way to learn how to prepare a diabetic menu is to purchase a diabetic cookbook or to consult with a dietician. They can help to teach you what to look for, what to avoid and what you can have plenty of. For example: meat (non-breaded), cheese and eggs are virtually carbohydrate free, so if you are looking for a snack, then these are perfect as they will not affect your blood sugar levels. (Eggs do have 1 gram of carbohydrates, so only eat less than four, otherwise, it will affect your blood sugar levels.)
Don’t forget the Condiments
Yes, condiments do affect blood sugar levels. When deciding on your menu, take into consideration the condiments that you will be using. Spices don’t count; however, ketchup, steak sauce and so on should be used sparingly. Also, flour causes blood sugar levels to rise, so anything that is breaded should be consumed sparingly.
There is a lot to learn about diabetic diets and how to prepare a diabetic menu; however, once you start doing it, it will just become natural. You will automatically know that one piece of white bread is around 11-16 grams of carbohydrates and then you will learn which brand to purchase (the lower carbohydrate total) so that you are allowed to consume more.
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