A few years back it was a taboo for a person with diabetes to consume sweets or even consuming too much fat. The truth is, with further research underway, it was found that this restriction is actually not a necessity when maintaining controlled blood glucose levels.
According to American Diabetes Association, there is no point in failing to consume products that are made from sucrose or any specific type of table sugar. They also gave a green light in consuming fats as long as it is monounsaturated fats with examples being peanut oils, canola, and olive oil. This increases the dietary option for the diabetic which was initially restrictive. Even then you should be extra cautious in your consumption since too much of it can be harmful to your health.
Nathaniel Clarks is particularly irritated by the fact that people with diabetes have to stick a certain diet. Well, this is not fair. Being the spokesman of ADA he stresses the fact that diabetics can eat and drink just anything as long as they do it with moderation. There is nothing like a good diabetic diet.
The best way to maintain controlled blood sugar levels as a diabetic is not actually about avoiding certain foods. On the contrary, you should focus more on not keeping your blood sugar levels at controllable levels. Nathaniel’s guide stresses more on regular exercise being particularly important in maintaining controlled blood sugar levels. In fact, if you exercise regularly you will not only manage to control your blood sugar levels but your weight as well.
Most people living with diabetes are prone to chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, leg amputations and even worse blindness. Astonishing enough, over 15million people in the USA already have been diagnosed with type 2 of diabetes and are struggling with obese and weight loss. Initially, this was a condition for only the adults but things have changed and it is not a rare scenario seeing children being overweight or obese.
Clark goes ahead to insist that there is no specific diet that works for everyone with diabetes. Every individual has different needs and for this reason, each approach should be individualized based on specific needs.
If studies are anything to go by then this means that there is no notable significant difference in how our blood glucose levels respond when we consume food substances that are rich in starch or even sugars. This holds as long as the amount of carbohydrates in the two is the same. As you go through the guideline you will realize that there is a lot to how a certain food substance changes the blood sugar levels. That is if it is processed or cooked.
The ADA spokesman stated categorically that it is possible for someone with diabetes to eat the same foods as other people. For this reason, the first thing that Clark does when counseling a diabetic patient is enquiring about the type of food they like to eat.
A low-fat diet is recommended for people with diabetes and even with ADA things are not any different. They recommend consuming limited saturated fats such as animal fats or even butter. But studies have shown that there are certain types of fats that are healthy for a diabetic. These are monounsaturated fats and you can be least assured that there will be no spike in your blood sugar levels. According to a research done back in the 1990s by the University of Texas, consuming monounsaturated fats as a diabetic helps in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol in the body as well as triglycerides.
Claims that consuming a high-fat diet possess a major threat in maintaining controlled blood sugar levels are not true. This means that you get to choose whether to consume a diet high in monounsaturated fats and one that is high in carbohydrates.
Examples of foods rich in monounsaturated fats are peanut oils, olive, canola, nuts, and avocados. Other recommendations include:
- Consume carbohydrates from fruits, whole grains, milk with low fat or even vegetables.
- Keep count of the number of carbohydrates you consume in a snack
- There is no room for non-calorie sweetener in a healthy diabetic diet.
Cakes low in sugar
It is actually possible to replace sugars with artificial sweeteners that are low in calories and contain sucralose, aspartame or saccharin. These artificial sweeteners step in place of sugar.
Before using a certain artificial sweetener research more about it on the internet on best you can use it in baking.
Important things to note: If you are suffering from a condition known as phenylketonuria avoid consuming anything that contains aspartame.
Polyol sugars such as Xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol, and maltitol all have a lower effect on the blood glucose levels compared to sugars. Making it safe to consume even for the diabetic!
How to replace flour when baking using Almond meal
You can replace flour with ground almonds that are readily available in just any grocery store around you. Almonds are low in carbohydrates and this means that it will not lower your blood glucose levels. It is possible to make almond flour all by yourself. That is through blitzing or roasting fresh almonds in a processor.
Make sure you add baking powder or soda and knock yourself out baking the cake of your life.