7 Diabetes diet myths to ignore
Eating too much sugar causes diabetes. The truth is that diabetes begins when something disrupts your body’s ability to turn the food you eat into energy. This has nothing to do with all the sugar you ate in your life time.
Once you produce insulin that works well, the sugar you eat will be used up, thus there will not be any excess sugar building up in your blood. But extra sugar does make you gain weight, which can cause diabetes.
Keep sugar intake low all the time. Drop the soft drinks and be safer.
There are too many rules in a diabetes diet
If you have diabetes, you need to plan your meals, but the general idea is simple. You will want to keep your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. Choose foods that work along with your activities and any medications you take.
Let a qualified dietician plan your diet for you. You need to make adjustments to what you eat. But your new way of eating may not require as many changes as you think.
Infact you can eat your favourites; fufu, banku, tuo zaafi, etc.
Carbohydrates are bad for diabetes
Carbohydrates or starch are the foundation of a healthy diet whether you have diabetes or not. They do affect your blood sugar levels, which is why you need to keep up with how many you eat each day.
Starchy, sugary carbs are not a great choice because they have less to offer. They are more like a flash in the pan than fuel your body can rely on. Eat carbs that offer loads of fibre.
For example brown rice, wheat and oats. Remember that you need the energy from these complex starchy foods.
Protein is better than carbohydrates for diabetes
This is another myth. Because carbs affect blood sugar levels so quickly, you may be tempted to eat less of them and substitute more protein. But take care to choose your protein carefully.
If it comes with too much saturated fat, that is risky for your heart’s health. Keep an eye on your portion size too.
Talk to your dietician about how much protein is right for you and eat just that. A well balanced meal is what you need in diabetes, stop relying on single food items.
You can adjust your diabetes drugs to ‘cover’ whatever you eat
If you use insulin for your diabetes, you may learn how to adjust the amount and type you take to match the amount of food you eat. But this doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want and then just use additional drugs to stabilise your blood sugar level.
If you use other types of diabetes drugs, don’t try to adjust your dose to match varying levels of carbohydrates in your meals unless your doctor tells you to.
Diabetes medications work best when you take them as directed. When in doubt, ask your doctor or dietician. The bottom-line is eat a healthy meal while you take your drug.
You need to eat special diabetic meals
The foods that are good for people with diabetes are also healthy choices for the rest of your family. With diabetes, you do need to keep a closer watch on things like calories and the amounts and types of carbohydrates, fats, and protein you eat.
A diabetes educator or dietician can show you how to do this. These modifications are made to your usual meal patterns, thus it is not supposed to be a whole new way of eating.
Of course, if you were eating so bad then the modifications will change your diet to a larger extent.
Diet foods are the best choices
You might be paying more for “diet food” that you could find in the regular sections of the grocery store or make yourself. Modify your natural foods and you will be fine.
Get assistance from a dietician today and your diabetes control will see a major turnaround.