Making smart food choices and proper nutrition is essential for managing diabetes. A healthy diabetes diet includes balancing the right amount of carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals along with how they effect blood sugar.
Smart eating begins with creating the perfect plate. The perfect diabetic diet chart includes 50% non-starchy vegetables, 25% lean protein, and 25% starches and grains.
Unhealthy saturated and trans fats should be limited, since diabetics are at higher risk for heart disease. Instead, choose healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that are heart healthy.
If you have type 2 diabetes, fiber should play an important role in your diet because it helps control blood sugar, prevents blood sugar spikes, and reduces the impact of carbs.
Fiber also keeps you full longer and is therefore effective for weight management. Fiber rich foods, like whole oats, beans, and apples reduce a most dangerous type of fat, known as visceral fat or belly fat.
It is also important to make sure to eat a meal or snack every 4 to 5 hours to prevent extreme drops in blood sugars.
The glycemic index (GI) is a scale that ranks carbohydrates on a scale of 0 to 100 based on the impact they have in raising blood sugar levels after eating, and low GI foods that are nutrient rich are part of a wellbalanced and healthy diabetes diet. More info you find in the video ……….