People with diabetes can eat a healthy balanced diet, the same as people without this condition. There is no need to buy special foods or prepare separate meals, so relax and enjoy healthy eating along with the whole family.
Diabetes is a condition in which the amount of glucose in the blood becomes too high because the body cannot use it properly.
For starters, learn what to buy, which thongs should be your shopping essentials:
Buy starchy carbohydrates such as wholemeal bread, wholegrain breakfast cereals, basmati rice, pasta, eggs, pulses, lentils, sweet potatoes and yams;
For breakfast opt for porridge oats, muesli and high-fibre cereal;
Stock up on fresh, canned and dried fruit and vegetables;
Opt for lower-fat dairy products.
Tip: living with diabetes does not mean you need to cut out all your sugar from your diet. However, sugary drinks can increase you blood glucose quickly, so try to replace them with low sugar and sugar free alternatives.
Fruits and vegetables, the best thing to eat!
These are rich in vitamins, so it would be better to spread your fruit intake throughout the day. A typical portion can mean: 1 whole fruit, for example an apple, a handful of grapes, a slice of melon, 3 heaped tablespoons of vegetables;
150 ml of 100% natural fruit juice.
In order to increase our fibre and nutrient intake, try granary and rye breads, basmati rice and chapattis.
The idea for a diabetic person is to eat as healthy as possible, without giving up foods he or she likes. Just pay attention to products labels before purchasing them and try to ensure that you get all the nutrients your body needs.