Every diabetic should understand the importance of diet in his or her life.
In the USA there is a special Diabetes Association that worked out a special ADA diet that is able to help all the diabetic patients to lead a normal way of life. It is based on several principles of healthy eating and intake of minerals and vitamins as well.
There are four groups of food that a diabetic should include into his or her daily allowance. They are:
1. Proteins – which are meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and dried beans;
2. Dairy products – which are like low fat milk, skim milk, cottage cheese and yogurt;
3. Vegetables and fruits;
4. And finally, whole grains, breads and cereals.
The products of these groups contain all the necessary nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals) that a person’s organism requires.
What concerns carbohydrates, mind that there are not only bad ones. Good carbohydrates also exist and, moreover, they are needed by the body. You can find them in lentils, beans, whole grains, and cereal. However, it is strongly recommend to be careful with the amount of carbohydrates that you consume.
Talking about proteins one should mention that they are extremely important for the organism’s normal activity. They aid in maintaining glucose blood levels and if your levels are low you should eat more carbohydrates and proteins. The former giver you sugar and the latter assists to control glucose levels.
ADA diet also recommends high fiber foods and low glycemic index foods for diabetics. Therefore include into your daily allowance such products as beans, whole grains, peas, and so on. This will allow you to lessen high blood glucose levels and high blood-fat levels as well. You can have fat in your food, of course. ADA diet does not mean that you will not consume any fat any more; just watch the proportions.
However, refrain from the foods high in fat. Better eat are lean meat or the one that has low fat content. When you cook try to use olive oil or flax seed oil. And though chicken skin when perfectly cooked can be quite tasty, it can as well be quite harmful. Also, skim or low-fat milk should be your chose from now on.
The ADA diet also advises that you have low sodium content in your diet. Therefore avoid foods that have excess of salt and, in general, do not use too much salt in your cooking. Take a habit of reading the labels as they can tell a lot about these things.
And, of course, you should stop consuming sugar, or at least, cut down its intake considerably. This concerns any kind of sugar in any form.
The same goes with alcohol. The ADA diet does not consider its usage either necessary or harmless as it tends to act in the similar way in the organism of a diabetic person.
Still, the best thing you can do if you have been diagnosed with diabetes is to go check a dietician and with his or her help to make an individual diet plan that will meet all the peculiarities of your organism and take into consideration all the diabetes points.