There are plenty of foods patients with diabetes can eat without a problem, but there are others which cause a lot of harm even if they seem harmless. As November is National Diabetes Month, we have made a list of the best and worst foods patients with diabetes can eat in the hopes that our readers who struggle with this illness will be prepared for the upcoming holiday season.
Let’s start with proteins. They come in all shapes and sizes for both vegetarians and meat lovers.
According to endocrinologists and nutritionists, the best protein sources for diabetics are plant-based proteins like tofu, seeds, and beans, then seafood and fish (which is rich in essential omega 3 oils that help keep cholesterol levels in check), poultry (especially chicken breast which is low in fats) and eggs.
Doctors advise patients diagnosed with Type II diabetes to stay away from fried meat, bacon, regular cheese, deep-fried anything, high-fat cuts, and any food prepared with lard.
Usually, vegetables have a reputation of “being good for you.” However, nutritionists disagree as there is a fine line between a healthy vegetable and one that sounds and looks nutrient-packed, but is actually a bearer of high cholesterol or sugars.
The main problem is the way the vegetables are cooked. While fresh, steamed, grilled, or roasted vegetables are the best choices, canned, sautéed, or pickled vegetables can cause more harm than good.
Additionally, doctors advise patients that not all leafy greens feature the same level of nutrients. Kale, arugula, or spinach are great, but lettuce is low in nutrients, so it is best to be avoided if it’s not used as a decoration.
Starches or Carbohydrates
The body needs carbohydrates, but they are a tricky thing to include in a diet so diabetics must be weary of the carbs they are choosing.
Whole grains the likes of oatmeal, brown rice, amaranth, millet, and quinoa are perfect as they are both gluten-free and rich in nutritional substances. Other great carb sources are sweet potatoes (baked).
Doctors advise individuals who struggle with diabetes to stay away from processed grains, white bread, fried tortillas, and French fries.
Now that Thanksgiving is on its way, people struggling with Type II diabetes should now which drinks to stay away from and which to sip in between turkey dishes and steamed cruciferous vegetables.
Nutritionists recommend flavored or unflavored sparkling water, light beer, wine (especially red), unsweetened tea, and black coffee.
The enemies of this category are regular beer, sodas, fruity mixed drinks, energy drinks, flavored coffee, sweetened tea, and dessert wines.
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