Diabetic Diet: Myths and Helpers

diabetic diet

Know what is in your food

Diabetes, without a doubt, makes it challenging for people to plan their diet and make sure they are not putting their health at risk. Among various theories and myths surrounding both types of diabetes, there several scientifically proven points that anyone with diabetes should know about. How to control your blood glucose levels and lead a balanced life? Here are several tips you can follow to avoid glucose crashes and sustain its healthy level.

Choose your Carbohydrates wisely

To control your blood glucose better, try to increase the intake of complex carbohydrates and reduce the intake of simple ones. Simple carbohydrates raise your glucose levels more quickly; however, the effect fades quickly, too. That is why a quick chocolate bar can do the trick for the moment but not for the whole day. To avoid glucose crash that tends to happen after having received an intake of simple carbohydrates, and to ensure more steady levels of glucose in your blood, consume more of complex carbohydrates. They take more time to digest and also contain more nutrients thus they are definitely the way to go.  Foods that are rich in complex carbohydrates are beans, whole-grain products, vegetables, brown rice, etc. Oatmeal for breakfast thus can keep up your blood sugar better than cornflakes with chocolate bits. Meals containing complex carbohydrates will also less likely result in food cravings as your glucose levels will not fluctuate so quickly.

Coffee or no coffee?

When it comes to diabetes and coffee, there is definitely a great deal of myths and confusion. Some researches seem to be contradictory and there is not much information that could be called common knowledge. On one hand, studies have shown that regular consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, especially for younger and middle-aged women. One the other hand, it is also shown that while coffee can be beneficial in this respect, caffeine intake makes it challenging for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels. So if you choose to have coffee, do it in a reasonable amount, your body and your coffee maker will be grateful.

Random products that your diet should include

In addition to watching your carbohydrates and your coffee, check out a list of foods that contain specific substances proven to help you regulate your insulin production. These are, for instance, red grapefruit, blueberries, broccoli, fish, asparagus, apples, red onions, and more. For example, carotenoids found in carrots help to reduce insulin resistance, the scientists claim, while spinach is rich in beta-carotene that protects the body cells from free radicals and prevent various chronic illnesses. To get rid of antioxidants that only exacerbate your health in general, do not forget to have tea regularly, which you can conveniently consume instead of coffee.

Enrich your diet, enrich your life

To have a balanced diet is not an easy task for anyone, so having to keep diabetes in mind makes it even more complicated. Constantly thinking about what kind of carbohydrates are the in your meal is only one of the potential and very real worries. At the same time, by sticking to several crucial rules you can help yourself to go day by day without stressing your organism as much. Exchange simple carbohydrates into complex one, coffee into tea, enrich your everyday diet with some of the products mentioned and you will see your glucose levels as well as energy levels become steadier. Naturally, the fluctuations of your blood sugar will still remain, yet you will definitely depend less on your food to sustain them if only you make sure that food is indeed good for you. Therefore, it is worth to put some effort into choosing your food in order to lead a more effortless life in general.

 

About the Author:

This guest post was contributed by Anita ,a health expert. She is also a writer and a blogger, working for Higherclick.com. She is now writing articles for their client, Macys.com.

Joan Evans (28 Posts)

Joan Evans is a mental health specialist and has a great interest in personality disorders. In her spare time she likes to go to the woods with her golden retriever, Leroy, and write fiction.